Homemade Crepes

Before I get into this Adventure I just wanted to thank all the people that have stuck with me and continued reading my Adventures. In case you haven’t been keeping count this is the 100th Happy Hour Adventure! I can hardly believe it myself. The pandemic has put up many hurdles in my Adventures and has brought hardships to restaurants everywhere. I hope you have enjoyed the way that I had to mix up the Adventures from Delivery to Homemade. I wish I could have done a Happy Hour at a restaurant to celebrate this momentous occasion but I hope you enjoy this unique Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure!

Not too long ago I showed you a Breakfast Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure with my Bacon Poppers. Now I want to get into the realms of Brunch because in my personal opinion I believe Brunch is the superior meal between the two. You may be thinking to yourself but is there any true difference between Brunch and Breakfast. Well for all of you late risers I’m guessing you are making it in time to more Brunches than Breakfasts. Plus with Brunch, you have the opportunity to have a mix of both breakfast foods and lunch foods.

Crepe Mix

Now to get into the details of this Adventure! The company I work for during the pandemic has sent little care kits to make sure we continue to stay positive during these times. The newest kit, and certainly the biggest kit, was filled with all items associated with Brunch or Breakfast. I chose to look at it as a Brunch kit. As soon as I opened the box, the gears in my head started turning to figure out how I could make a Happy Hour Adventure out of these ingredients. One thing I noticed was that all the items were high-quality ingredients, so I was getting excited to cook with these items.

Two-Ingredient Brunch Cocktail

One of the ingredients in the box was Maya’s Peaches and Lavender Super Premium Syrup. One drink that came to mind was a bellini which is champagne or some sort of sparkling wine mixed with peach juice. Using this syrup I was able to create a slight spin to the classic bellini by giving it some lavender flavor. Luckily, my dad had a small bottle of Prosecco that he said I could use for the Adventure. One other item that I didn’t have to worry about buying for this Adventure.

Bellini

I just love the golden color this drink gives off and it matches perfectly with the swaying plants in the courtyard. I think I used way too much of the syrup in my drink because it was quite sweet in my opinion. I would start with half an ounce and then add more if you have a sweeter tooth. But overall you could taste the peach flavor seeping through in each sip. The lavender flavor was very subtle but one could still taste it in the back of their throat. Overall if you are looking for a nice brunch cocktail then I think this two-ingredient drink is the perfect drink to sip along with your food.

Crepe Batter

Now let us start making the food for our Brunch Happy Hour Adventure! As you saw I had a bag of Josie’s Best Crepe Mix. For all of those with gluten allergies, this is the crepe mix for you because it is gluten-free. Along with being gluten-free, this mix is free of nuts, soy, and GMOs. This checks off the boxes for anyone that is trying to find a perfect crepe mix that has allergies to certain foods. At least that is until you add a few more ingredients to create a luscious and pourable batter to start cooking your crepes. You will need milk, eggs, vanilla, and water to add to the mix so be sure to have those ingredients ready before you start mixing. For those of you that stay away from milk and eggs then some substitutes include oat milk and apple sauce accordingly.

Messed Up Crepe

I don’t make crepes too often but I think in most cases the first crepe you make always turns out terrible. So to make you feel better when you attempt making crepes here is the monstrosity of the crepe that I made. Making a great crepe requires all the right tools and as someone that hardly makes them, I have no use for these tools. Maybe something I should have done first was to let the batter sit in the fridge for a little bit. Maybe I was too eager to start eating but typically you should let your crepe batter sit for at least an hour. If you are very patient then the best course of action is to let it sit overnight. Something I learned when I took a cooking class in high school. I don’t think about that class too often but cooking these crepes sparked that memory for me.

Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter

What’s a crepe without some sort of a filling? Luckily two solutions were sitting in the brunch box. Peanut butter with wildflower honey and sea salt along with Fiji ginger almond butter with sea salt. Big Spoon Roasters handcrafts all of their nut butter so you know they are high quality. I guess adding any of these nut butter defeats the purpose of using the nut-free crepe mix. One thing to note about these jars of nut butter is that they are crunchy and not smooth. I’m not the biggest fan of crunchy butter, I always go for the smooth and creamy kind at the supermarket. But that’s the thing about crepes, you can fill it with basically anything your heart desires. I know most of us are familiar with sweet crepes but there’s a whole other world out there with savory crepes. So let your creativity run wild and who knows you may come up with a wonderful new crepe.

Nut Butter and Banana Crepes

After many attempts, I was able to craft two picture-worthy crepes for this Adventure. Don’t worry I didn’t throw away the imperfect ones, with exception of the first one. I ate quite a few crepes in the middle of the process so I was quite full at the end. One thing that goes perfectly with peanut butter is bananas of course so I threw some sliced bananas in the filling along with on the side. To make it a little more presentable I melted some smooth peanut butter to create a peanut butter drizzle to add some flair. I’ll start with the traditional peanut butter and banana-filled crepe. The crepe itself was quite light and fluffy which you would think wouldn’t fill you up but it sneaks up on you if you have too many. The filling itself was something I could not get past. This is my personal opinion because I don’t like the texture of crunchy peanut butter. But if I could get past the texture it did taste like most peanut butter.

Now for the most interesting of the two jars of nut butter, the Figi ginger almond butter. This was my very first time having almond butter in general so that was a brand new experience for me. Unfortunately, the texture still got to me with it being crunchy. However, it was the flavor that got to me and I mean this in a good way! There are pieces of crystallized ginger throughout which adds that wonderful ginger flavor all while adding some sweetness. Then from the sea salt, you get spikes of saltiness which pairs well with the sweetness.

Although I wasn’t a fan of the texture I think all the flavors in the crepes were spot on and the Figi Ginger Almond Butter was the star of this Adventure. There was a lot of work that had to go into these crepes so be prepared to spend some time in the kitchen.

Website: Josie’s Best, Big Spoon Roasters, & Maya’s Syrup

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Since this is a Brunch-related Happy Hour Adventure I have this question for you. What is your favorite Brunch place and what do you get there?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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4 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh, I’m not in the “OC”, but here in Arizona (Scottsdale area), one of my favorite brunch spots is at the Hermosa Inn. I love me a good eggs Benedict, and they have several options. Depending on the night prior, I either lean towards a Spicy Bloody Mary/Maria or bottomless mimosas.

    What a great journey this has been following you, Travis! I look forward to the next 100!

  2. My all time favorite brunch would have to be the Wicked Spoon. And it’s not just for the food but the group that got together there the few times I have been. Food is always better with family.

    1. The Wicked Spoon definitely has a wicked brunch! I love being able to try a huge sampling of different items. That is part of the dining experience, being able to share food and stories with friends and family.

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