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The Versatile Crepe

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Does anyone remember Magic Pan Creperie? I don’t know if they are still around but it was always one of my favorite places to eat. Crepes are such a wonderful food you can have them at any meal, they can be a lovely breakfast either sweet or savory and make an amazing dessert, think Crepe Suzette. They are light and paper thin pancakes, more egg than flour, a very runny batter swirled in a crepe pan. They take only minutes to cook and are so delicious. I have used this recipe for many years, it’s from Julia Child and it never fails to produce a perfect crepe.

Fill with ricotta or farmers cheese and serve with a mound of berries, they are delicious served as shown in my photo at the top of the page, very simple, folded, topped with blackberries macerated in orange or tangerine syrup and a squeeze of orange or tangerine juice and dust with some confectioners sugar, or a savory breakfast crepe can be filled with scrambled eggs, chives, cheese  and if you like bacon. ham or sausage. A dinner crepe can be filled with meat or vegetables or make manicotti . For dessert you can serve Crepe Suzette or simply fill with vanilla ice cream and add roasted apples or pears. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all good.

I am bringing the manicotti to Fiesta Friday #114,  steadfast Angie has this party every week without fail and this week her co host, yep co host this week is the lovely Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook 

I am also bringing Mr. Percy I hope it’s a pet friendly party, maybe there will be some other dogs for Percy to play with and I got him an assortment of bow ties just for the occasion. Which one should Percy wear to the party, they are all so festive. Percy is part of a pug pack on Instagram and you will see many of the pugs wearing these adorable bow ties. I got these ties from Mollys Pawtique in case anyone wants a super cute bow tie for their fur kid.

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Crepes

Makes 10 8 inch crepes

1 cup all purpose flour

2/3 cup cold milk

2/3 cup cold water

3 large eggs

1/4 tsp salt

3 tbs melted unsalted butter

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s all combined and there is no trace of lumps or flour. Refrigerate at least 1/2 hour or more before making the crepes.

Heat your pan (I recommend non stick)  until drops of water dance on the surface. Brush pan with butter and pour approximatly 3 or 4 tbs of batter into the pan swirling the pan in all directions until the bottom is covered. Cook  on medium high until the edges start to come away from the sides of the pan, gently flip with spatula the crepe will be lightly browned, let the other side brown, stack on rack with parchment in between each crepe. If serving immediately you can keep them in the oven with the temperature on warm. They freeze beautifully as well separated by parchment and place in zip lock bag.

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Manicotti

Makes 4

1-1 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta

1 egg lightly beaten

small handfull Italian flat leaf parsley chopped

1/4 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top

salt and pepper

your favorite marinara sauce

Coat the bottom of a baking dish with some of the marinara. Place a crepe on work surface and add a few tbs of the ricotta filling, roll the crepe and place seam side down in baking dish. Spoon more of the marinara on top of the manicotti and sprinkle with some grated cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 20-30 minutes. Serve immediately with some more sauce and grated cheese.

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  1. From the look of Mr. Percy it’s a Formal Affair

    Have 💜 Fun

    April 9, 2016
  2. Crepes are great! Manicotti is not something I have encountered before and it sure does look interesting. And your pug us smiling, too.😊

    April 9, 2016
    • Manicotti is wonderful, my Mom actually made them with crepes rather than a commercially made pasta tube. I like how light these are. Thank you so much Ann.

      April 9, 2016
      • I’ve got your manicotti pinned! I’ll definitely get back to it someday to try it. 😀

        April 10, 2016
  3. Hi Suzanne. I remember a Magic Crepe restaurant somewhere when I was young, but I never got to eat there. Your crepes look so light they might float away. With your descriptions, I know they are delicious!
    Percy looks quite dapper in his bow ties! Of course, I like the colorful ones best. Maybe the last one, with the party print for the fiesta. 😎
    This is such a fun post. Well done my friend. Mega hugs.

    April 9, 2016
    • I don’t think they are around anymore, I used to eat at one in Chevy Chase, there was a Magic Pan years ago close to where Neiman Marcus and Saks are/were (haven’t been there in a while) I used to love to go there. Crepes are so light I prefer to American pancakes. Thanks so much Teagan. The tie with the cupcake is Percy’s birthday tie, he will wear it for his party, LOL.

      April 9, 2016
  4. Percy looks great ! …and so handsome 🙂 I am sure he is going to enjoy his outing with you 🙂
    Suzanne, you must have been reading my mind. I have been wanting crepes for so long now, and was planning on making them tomorrow (Sunday) for breakfast…now I do not have to find my recipe, I have yours 🙂 Thanks so much.

    April 9, 2016
    • Thank you Lynne, he enjoyed (sort of) getting dolled up and he loves getting his photo taken, he is such a ham. I love this crepe recipe from Julia Child. It’s simple and they always turn out so good.

      April 9, 2016
  5. I love, love crepes. Julia child’s recipes are great, I have recipes of hers that she published 1975 in MCCALL. In one of the recipes she flambéed the crepes. If you want a copy I can send it to you. Lou Seibert Pappas has a great book on crepes. I used some of her recipes. Have a great weekend my friend and your crepes look stunning.
    Can I be your pug in my next life!

    April 9, 2016
    • Really would you scan and email to me? Would love to see it. Thats so cool. I have heard of that book by Pappas, I have to look for it. Thank you so much. LOL, I would like to come back as my pug in another life also. LOL.

      April 9, 2016
  6. I remember the Magic Pan! Not sure if they’re still around, either–there’s not one around where I live. I loved their crepes! I’ve never made them myself but yours look so good I may have to try! 🙂

    April 9, 2016
    • I wonder if they are still around, I will have to google them. Thanks so much Nancy, they were really wonderful and I enjoyed their crepes both savory and sweet.

      April 9, 2016
  7. I ate at the Magic Pan all the time when I lived in Boston in the late 70’s! It was my way of treating myself when I was on a pretty tight budget. Love crepes and their versatility. Thanks for the reminder to make them again!!

    April 9, 2016
    • It was a real treat when we went to that restaurant. I loved their food. Thanks so much Susan, crepes are fun and delicious.

      April 9, 2016
  8. Hi Suzanne-love the post-love the bow ties – so creative! Both!!! xo

    April 9, 2016
    • Hey Cheryl, hope you are having a nice time in the mountains with the family. Thanks so much. I love the bow ties, Percy looks handsome. Thank you so much.

      April 9, 2016
  9. Percy looks so cute!!! And the crepes look great, I’ve never made crepes, time to try 🙂 xx

    April 9, 2016
    • They are wonderful and I could just see it filled with your gorgeous vegetables. YUM

      April 9, 2016
      • That’s what I’m thinking!
        I’ve never heard of the pancake place you mentioned, but in London there are some restaurants called My Old Dutch and they have a menu full of pancakes with various toppings, sweet and savoury..I used to love going there when I worked in town 🙂

        April 9, 2016
  10. Yes, I remember The Magic Pan. I have been making crepes for years and just love them!!!

    April 9, 2016
  11. You are so right – crepes are so versatile. I make them for savory and sweet recipes. Mr. Percy reminds me of a dog party I had years ago (11 total plus their parents) and one of the goodies each dog received was a different colored bandana to wear around their necks. Lots of fun 🙂

    April 9, 2016
    • I love it my neighbor used to have dog parties and hand out goody bags it was fun. Thanks so much Judi!!

      April 9, 2016
  12. I bet those manicotti would work beautifully with buckwheat galettes (crepes). Yours look really good. Percy is SO smart in his bow tie – he’d be showing all the other dogs up. Hugo is very envious – I think he feels that his stature as Top Dog deserves a tie. 🙂

    April 9, 2016
    • It would be wonderful with buckwheat or even spelt flour I think. LOL, I think Hugo needs a tie, top dogs should wear a tie that sets them apart from the rest of the pack.

      April 9, 2016
  13. Percy looks so smart in all the bow ties but my favourite is the one in the bottom left pic. Oh, and the crepes look good too. I hope you and Percy enjoy the party.

    April 9, 2016
    • Thank you, you like the espresso tie. I love that one also. Thank you so much, he is a party pug.

      April 9, 2016
  14. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    The crepes look delicious and Mr Percy looks very dashing. I like the coffee bean bow tie.

    April 9, 2016
    • Thank you, I also love the one with the coffee beans, as a coffee lover it stuck out to me. LOL!!

      April 9, 2016
  15. petra08 #

    I love crepes and the manicotti looks so good! And I love pet friendly parties, it isn’t nice to leave them behind. My neighbour always brings her dog and everyone has a brilliant time. Mr Percy looks very handsome with his bow tie 🙂

    April 9, 2016
    • I do to, most parties are not pet friendly around here so unfortunately Percy has to stay home. I love it when the house is open to pets and their humans, I hope to have a party in the backyard and have my friends with pets all come. Thank you so much Petra.

      April 9, 2016
      • petra08 #

        A pet friendly party in the back yard sounds great! I am sure all the lovely pets would love to join you and meet some friends at the same time! 🙂

        April 10, 2016
  16. Percy looks so adorable Suzanne! He’s such a good sport. My puppy Maya shuts down if I try to put anything on her! And those crepes… quite delicious looking! I love getting them when I’m out but I’ve never made them at home!

    April 9, 2016
    • Thank you so much Heather, well Percy was a good sport but clearly was not happy about having the tie around his neck. kept dropping tot he ground and rolling, the tie would turn around to the back, LOL. He was good with the first tie but after that it was all downhill. Thank you so much Heather.

      April 9, 2016
  17. I love crepes myself. I’ve served them in so many ways, but never thought to make them like manicotti! This is so smart! Percy looks VERY happy!

    April 9, 2016
  18. I’ve never heard about this pan, we didn’t have in Italy I suppose, but I do love crepes a lot! Actually in Florence we have a special savoury dish made with crepes, not too far fro what you made with ricotta… don’t take it personally, but I prefer mr. Percy over the crepes… he is very very cute!

    April 9, 2016
    • Lol he is awfully cute and Percy loved the crepe he ate a whole one plain with his chicken and thought it was delicious💕💕

      April 9, 2016
  19. Manicotti crepes, what a brilliant idea! And Mr. Percy looks very handsome in his bow ties.

    April 9, 2016
  20. Crepes are just delicious, and your crepes look perfect. I’ve never tried making them myself. They will have to go on the “want to try” list.

    April 9, 2016
    • Thanks Julie, I love making crepes, they are delicious and easy to make and freeze so well.

      April 10, 2016
  21. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, I absolutely love crepes and yours look awesome! So does the manicotti !
    Sir Percy looks so dignified with is bow tie! I am sure he will steal the show at Fiesta Friday!

    April 9, 2016
    • LOL. Percy is very dapper in his bow tie. Thank you so much I too love crepes in almost any form.

      April 10, 2016
  22. This is perfect!! Will surely try it out especially since the weather right now makes me not want to leave my home lol (patiently waiting for spring to arrive 😀 )
    Also, Percy looks so handsome!!

    April 9, 2016
    • Thank you so much. I know it is still quite cold here in NYC, keep telling myself to be patient.

      April 10, 2016
  23. Hello, Mr. Percy. Where are you going? Are you going on a date? (Btw, I love his name – from Percy Jackson, hehe)

    I am all about sweets, but your savory crepes are just making me drool right now. 😀 Thank you for bringing such fabulous dish at this week’s FF. I hope you are having fun. x

    April 10, 2016
    • Always have fun at the party, thanks Jhuls and thank you for co hosting this week. We are having a great time at the party.

      April 10, 2016
  24. My mouth is watering again but I think I’ll have my pancakes with the traditional sugar and lemon juice please. I missed out on Shove Tuesday.Percy looks handsome in both his bowties but since this a party I think the more colourful one is more appropriate.
    xxx Sending Hugs Galore xxx

    April 10, 2016
    • Yes I have dutch baby pancake with lemon and sugar it’s delicious. Thank you so much and I agree the colorful tie is most festive.

      April 10, 2016
  25. I absolutely adore crepes – be it sweet or savoury they are always so delicious! Your take on baking them with marinara sauce sounds interesting, hope to give it a try one day!

    April 10, 2016
    • Thank you Jasline, making them into manicotti is really good, it’s not so different from pasta dough although much runnier the ingredients are similar and it makes a deliicious meal.

      April 10, 2016
  26. Barbara #

    The only time I ever heard of Magic Pan was on a Seinfeld episode. I thought it was fictitious.

    I think I had a crepe cookbook once, but, like with pancakes, I got tired of standing at the stove making one at a time.

    The manicotti is a terrific idea.

    April 10, 2016
    • Thats funny, I remember them mentioning on Seinfeld LOL. I actually really loved Magic Pan, they had really good food. Thank you so much.

      April 10, 2016
  27. The manicotti look delicious, I love ricotta! The whole dish is wonderful and Mr. Percy seems to be a great company.

    April 10, 2016
    • Thank you Viviana, the manicotti is so good and a great way to enjoy a savory crepe.

      April 10, 2016
  28. I totally remember Magic Pan. It was a special treat for me to eat lunch there with my mom and grandma as a young girl. Your crepes look amazing and Mr Percy looks great too!

    April 10, 2016
    • Yes thats exactly what it was, a special treat I loved going there. Thanks Michelle.

      April 10, 2016
  29. Your manacotti sounds delish! I’ve never had crepes served this way. Recently I was looking at an old English way of serving pancakes with cheese and a parsley sauce (I think), baked in the oven like yours. Thinking I’ll have to try that next weekend. Maybe with a little bit of bacon.

    April 10, 2016
    • OMG Johnny that sounds great, I love parsley in and on almost everything and it sounds amazing please post it when you make it. I have to try it. Thanks so much.

      April 10, 2016
  30. Hi Suzanne, when I think of crepes I think of sweet or savory but never served like a pasta, so creative. Beautiful dish….

    Percy looks adorable in his little bow ties. Take care.

    April 10, 2016
  31. Percy looks adorable! I love crepes and this recipe is lovely!

    April 10, 2016
  32. toozesty #

    Have you ever seen the “My Grandmother’s Ravoli” cooking show? Years ago I saw a grandma make manicotti with crepes on an episode and I thought “I have to try that!”. I forgot and it never happend, haha! Your post inspired me to give it a try this week. Also, that bow tie is a adorbs!

    April 11, 2016
    • Thank you, no I never saw that show but my Mom used crepes when she made manicotti. Now her recipe for the crepes was a little different, there was only water no milk but I like to make my crepes using this recipe and it really doesn’t matter if they have some milk in the batter. It is really wonderful and I hope you give it a try.

      April 11, 2016
  33. Crepes are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. I’ve never put marinara on them- but now I’m thinking I should!

    April 11, 2016
  34. The crepes and manicotti are both so gorgeous! I’ve never tried crepes for manicotti rolls either (like The Gourmet Gourmand) but what a great idea. Crepes are so delicious. And precious Percy- he looks extremely handsome!!!! xo

    April 11, 2016
    • Using crepes is how my Mom made it, something I grew up eating. Thanks Em, Percy is such a handsome boy.xxooxx

      April 11, 2016
  35. Susan #

    Beautiful!!! And I do think Percy knows he’s really handsome 😉

    April 11, 2016
    • Ha, thanks Susan, I think you are right. Percy knows he is a handsome boy.

      April 12, 2016
  36. I love crepes, both savory and sweet, but have never tried making them. Manicotti made from crepes are so good. How could anyone not want Percy at the party. He certainly will be dressed appropriately.

    April 12, 2016
    • Me too Karen, crepes are so good. Percy will be the belle of the ball!!

      April 12, 2016
      • I’m sure he will. 🙂

        April 12, 2016
  37. I love crepes, but I never think about making them. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Mr. Percy looks so cute with the bow ties 😀

    April 12, 2016
  38. Oh my Suzanne, these crepes look absolutely amazing! I loved that first picture, and of course the manicotti too. Just wonderful! Look at Percy strutting his stuff, too precious 🙂

    April 12, 2016
  39. I now have a crepe craving! Even worse, I debated getting some fresh ricotta yesterday at the grocery store, and decided against it. That decision is looking far worse now that I have read this post!

    April 12, 2016
  40. Suzanne– you’re cracking me up with the bow ties! And I do remember the Magic Pan! There was one in Dallas when we lived there for graduate school! It was a big night out for us to go there! And your crepes look perfect– I made them years and years ago. I can’t even remember if they were any good. I’ll have to try your recipe. thanks bunches. take care! xo

    April 13, 2016
    • Doesn’t Percy look handsome and festive in his bow ties. He has a birthday bow tie since his birthday is coming up soon. LOL. Yes Magic Pan was a real treat. I remember my family going there and I loved it. Thanks so much Rhonda.

      April 14, 2016
      • A wardrobe of bow ties!! He wears them well… xo to you Suzanne.

        April 15, 2016
  41. Omg, those bow ties!! They look so cute!! I think because Mr. Percy is wearing them. FF is definitely a pet-friendly party. We’ll take Mr. Percy anytime. Also the manicotti. We’re a crepe-loving party, too! 😄😄

    April 13, 2016
    • LOL, yay Percy can come to the party. He is dressed for the occasion. Thank you so much Angie.

      April 14, 2016
  42. That 1st photo sold me completely. Your crêpes are normal thin pancakes hete in Belgium.
    Delectable!

    April 14, 2016
  43. How cute is Percy!!!! The manicotti looks AMAZING!

    April 15, 2016
  44. I am not sure how I missed it but this looks fabulous Suzanne:)

    April 15, 2016
    • Thanks Sonal I have to apologize to you. I was having problems because I was not getting fiesta Friday emails in my inbox and couldn’t figure out what was wrong tried unsubscribe F and subscribing again it didn’t work. Today I just happened to look in my junk folder and to my horror there were hundreds of emails that my computer decided were junk your blog posts were in there along with many others including fiesta Friday. I am back tracking but the older posts on your blog are no longer there. I feel just terrible.

      April 15, 2016
      • No worries Suzanne. My blogging speed is pretty slow these days. Circulating the old ones.
        It has happened with me also many times.

        April 15, 2016
  45. These savoury crepes look amazing Suzanne! I’ve got into the habit of only making sweet, so you’ve inspired me to mend my ways pronto! Percy is looking super smart by the way – such a sweetie!

    April 16, 2016
    • I love sweet crepes Margot and honestly it’s the way I usually enjoy them but manicotti is a special treat, it feels lighter than eating pasta for some reason and tastes very delicate. It’s really good. Thank you so much.

      April 17, 2016
  46. Love crepes too! Your version of using crepes for manicotti instead of the pasta tube is quite interesting and looks so good, Suzanne! Aww Percy looks so adorable ❤

    April 16, 2016
    • Thanks Freda, using a crepe for manicotti is wonderful . Totally agree about Percy he is a sweetheart.

      April 17, 2016
  47. I’m the biggest fan of crepes and yours look absolutely amazing! MNIAM! Agness of Run Agness Run x

    April 17, 2016
  48. I can’t get over how stylish Mr. Percy is! Get this guy a top hat and a cane! 🙂

    April 18, 2016
  49. I knew manicotti could be made with crepes but I’ve never had it that way – I’ve always wanted to try it though – I hate making it with those tubes. Cooking, filling, breaking, lol! Plus this looks 100 times better! I saw your feature on FF but couldn’t get by earlier; the folks had some health issues and now things have calmed down. These are amazing and you made it all sound so easy…

    Mr. Percy looks fantabulous and I love them all, lol! Funny that I often call Gibson Mr. Gibs (although my son calls him Special Agent Gibs off some tv show, CSI, I think!)

    April 18, 2016
    • Oh no Mollie I hope your folks are ok. Thank you so much. I hate those tubes also, they always break and are such a hassle to stuff. The crepes are so much easier and IMHO taste better. LOL,. special agent Gibbs. I imagine Percy as Sherlock Holmes.

      April 18, 2016
      • lol – I think I’m seeing a pipe in his future and a hat!! It was my stepmom and she was in the hospital a few days but now feeling somewhat better…she’s 89 and medicare has turned out to be such a blessing – we have people coming in almost every day to help with health issues and therapy.

        April 18, 2016
      • Glad your Stepmom is feeling a bit better, also glad that Medicare is helpful. It’s great that you have so much support.

        April 18, 2016
  50. Thank you for dropping by my space…
    Those crepes look absolutely gorgeous.. infact droolicious with all the topping…

    April 19, 2016
    • Thank you some have Sandhya. I had not visited in a while because all of the emails from your blog were in my junk folder it happened to many blogs that I follow. I was horrified.

      April 19, 2016
  51. Aw Percy looks adorable in all the ties! How sweet. Thanks for this recipe. It’s a good reminder that crepes are versatile.

    April 20, 2016
  52. Your crepes look so beautiful and perfect, Suzanne! I have been wanting to try making crepes for a long time. I feel like the swirling in the pan would be difficult for me. Was it very hard to learn? I have never heard of manicotti made with crepes before. What a fun idea! I really want to try your crepe recipe sometime soon. Thanks for sharing all of the different ways you can fix crepes. Very helpful post! And I love the bowtie on Mr. Percy! So cute.

    April 20, 2016
  53. Stunning photo! xx

    April 21, 2016
  54. I adore crepes – savory or sweet, they are fabulous indeed! Thanks for sharing that recipe Suzanne, and those savory, ricotta stuffed, marinara sauce smothered ones look fabulous!
    Also, hope Percy had a wonderful time at his party!

    April 21, 2016
    • Thanks so much Shashi, me too, love crepes and using them in a savory dish like the manicotti is wonderful.

      April 22, 2016
  55. Savory crepes sound wonderful! Oh and how dapper Mr. Percy looks in his bowtie! 🙂

    April 22, 2016
  56. Mmm Yummy! I Nominated you for an award check it out here https://justaladywithablog.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/spirit-animal-award/
    I realize not everyone participates or accepts Awards so if I nominated you and you don’t I am only wanting to give you recognition and share with my community just how amazing your blog is! Come by and check out my other nominees!

    April 23, 2016
    • Thank you so much Genevieve. I have been a bit out of it lately and did not mean to be so terribly delayed in commenting. I so appreciate the award. You are so kind.

      April 24, 2016
  57. Your crepes looks very delicious, I will try them in near future 😀

    April 23, 2016
  58. Missing your posts Suzanne– hope all is well with you… Just checking in. take care. xo

    April 24, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda. I have not been well. Have had a medical situation that was all consuming. Doing much better now and hope to be cooking again. I really appreciate you checking in,

      April 24, 2016
      • Hi Suzanne– I am so sorry to hear that. Hope and pray you are on your way back to your energetic self. Wish I could drop by with a pot of soup and a hug. take care…

        April 25, 2016
  59. Suzanne – love this post especially the mere mention of a pug pack. But I see from the comments you’ve had a medical situation. I’m so sorry. Hope you are much better. I’ve been totally out of commission to – just returning after major surgery. Hoping the road is much smoother for both of us. xo

    April 26, 2016

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