Today, homemade c-r-e-p-e-s spell b-r-u-n-c-h.
While most any other time of the year I lean more toward get togethers via BBQs and dinner parties, sometime between Easter and Mother’s Day my cravings for celebrating with brunch hit an all-time high.
But I think it’s a lot more fun when all hands are on deck, so breakfast and brunch become a little more DIY.
Farmers Market: Conveniently Discovered Artisanal Food
This year I’m working with Overstock.com to introduce you to a really cool idea that brings a whole new way of delivering food from farm to family.
In the coming months, Overstock is launching Farmers Market, an expanding marketplace for hand picked, specially selected products from artisanal food producers and family farmers, to be delivered directly into the hands of eager consumers all across the country.
That means Overstock will be doing what it does best—like handling the orders, the returns, the credit card processing. In turn, the food producers have more time to do what they do best like growing and creating amazing, quality products.
Farmers Market be working with family farms, CSAs and mid-size artisanal producers to make their local products available for your local home delivery. You’ll be able to simply plug in your zip code and order directly from the local farmers in your community or from that special producer across the country.
So if you’re craving cross-country artisanal products like Pennsylvania’s Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop Homemade Whoopie Pies or feeling the urge to go the distance with some of Washington state’s locally harvested Scallops on the Half Shell, Farmers Market will deliver.
Now Let’s DIY-ify a Brunch
For my DIY brunch, I shopped about Farmers Market and found a bevy of breakfast vittles. From Minnesota’s Eichten Farm’s Rise ‘n Shine Breakfast Assortment to who can say “no” to South Carolina’s Callie’s Pantry Box with biscuits and Bloody Mary mix in the lot? It was hard to pull away from that one.
But knowing I was in search of a hands-on DIY brunch, I was stoked to find California’s own Ventura County-based Lourdes Gourmet Bordeaux Gift Crate (bonus! delivered in a recycled wooden champagne crate that I’ll definitely be saving for future use) because it had both savory and sweet fillings that paired perfectly with the homemade c-r-e-p-e-s.
My wooden crate came filled with Lourdes Gourmet’s Sweet Mango Spread, Guava Jam, Coconut Spread and Dulce de Leche sauce balanced out with herby Chimichurri and spicy Pineapple Jalapeño jelly. Plus 1 wheel of swiss, 1 wheel of brie plus almonds and crackers to make for a completely snackable set.
Fillings galore! Now, the fun begins when I started assembling the extra ingredients to add to the Lourdes spreads for stuffing into the homemade crepes.
But my Farmers Market delivery was just the beginning. I assembled a bunch of additional toppers to mix and match. Try as many as you like or choose your own:
Fresh berries, like strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds or blueberries
Fresh fruit like bananas, kiwi, pineapple or star fruit
Coconut flakes or granola
Chocolate covered cocoa nibs or chocolate chips
Whipped cream sweetened with powdered sugar and vanilla
Nuts like almonds, pistachios, macadamias or pecans
Maple syrup or hot fudge
Soft cheeses like brie, goat cheese, ricotta or boursin
Fresh herbs like basil, mint and chives
Sauteed mushrooms, spinach and caramelized onions
Stewed chicken or pulled pork
Peanut or almond butter
Mix and match the flavors and toppings for mouth popping bites that will make building your own breakfast…actually…dare we say, FUN.
Here are some of the combinations I created. Now let’s see where your cravings lead you.
Brie, pineapple jalapeño jelly and fresh berries
Dulce de leche, coconut spread, cocoa nibs and coconut flakes
Coconut spread, fresh berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar
Guava jam, coconut spread, flaked coconut
Goat cheese, chimichurri spread, mango spread, almonds, fresh basil
Now, How About Those Crepes
One of the things I love most about crepes is I can serve them at room temperature. So I can make them the night before. So I’m not in a frenzied rush finishing up my cooking duties when my brunch pals arrive.
You can use either a specialty crepe pan (and look like a serious pro with this one) or be like me and use a 7-inch, non-stick egg fry pan with just a scant, scant bit of butter with each crepe. Pour the batter in one fell swoop and rotate the pan so the batter sits evenly in the pan.
I have a gas stove and medium heat is my crepe making happy spot. With a little practice, you’ll find yours. And don’t flip those babies until they’ve nearly completely set on the top then one flip is all they need.
Sweet and Savory Crepes
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Stuff crepes with
- Fresh berries or sliced fruit
- Assortment of jams or jellys
- Savory or sweet spreads
- Soft cheeses
- Sautéed vegetables like spinach onions or mushrooms
- Whipped cream
- Nuts chocolate, coconut, fresh herbs
Mix all ingredients in a blender on high speed for about a minute. Refrigerate for about an hour.
Over medium-high heat, melt a scant bit of butter in a 6 to 7-inch crepe pan and use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to spoon batter into the pan. Cook until the surface is bubbly then flip the crepe and cook for another 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove from the heat and stack until ready to use.
To layer with spreads and other toppings, spread 1/4 of the crepe with filling, fold in half and then fold over again. Top with more spreads, toppings or powdered sugar.
Crepes can be made several hours before serving and kept at room temperature.
Enter to Win the Mother’s Day $100 Overstock Gift Card Giveaway
To celebrate the introduction of Farmers Market, Overstock is offering one FoodieCrush reader a $100 Overstock.com gift card, to spend however you’d like.
To enter to win, leave a comment that tells us what your favorite farmers market find is plus other entry options in the Rafflecopter widget below. You will need to enter your name and a valid e-mail address to enter. Download the complete contest terms and conditions here.
Good luck and happy brunching!
This post is sponsored by Overstock.com. As always, thank you for reading and supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. As always, all opinions are my own.
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