Gluten Free Crepes With Ricotta, Citrus, and Honey

Lacy gluten free crepes studded with ricotta are topped with ricotta whipped cream, rounds of Cara Cara and blood orange, tangerine, and kumquat, all finished with a drizzle of honey and fresh mint. 

delicious Gluten Free Crepes With Ricotta, Citrus, and Honey

These vibrant gluten free crepes were originally a guest post for my friend Kris over at 80twenty! Kris’s site is one of the blogs I most look forward to seeing in my feed each week and her recipes, from soup to bread to drinks never fail to make me swoon.

Gluten Free Crepes mix
eggs in bowl

I made a batch of gluten free crèpes to celebrate the French holiday Chandeleur, which embraces the light returning after a long winter. Also known as Crèpe Day, on February second thin pancakes representing the sun are traditionally eaten together with crocks of hard cider. What’s not to love?

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cutting fruit
fruit being sliced

The inspiration for this recipe came from Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain.  I traded the original gluteny flours for gluten-free ones: equal parts oat flour, millet flour, and sweet rice flour, and it worked brilliantly. The crepes cook up soft and lacy, studded with curds of ricotta and full of protein. The the pliant gluten free crepes I add sunny rounds of citrus – cara cara and blood oranges, tangerines, and kumquat – a billow of ricotta whipped cream, a drizzle of honey, and a flutter of mint leaves. All together, it makes for a dish that’s as bright visually as it is in flavor.

sliced fruit

Try these gluten free crepes with berries during the spring, peaches and basil, in the summer, or sautéed pears and thyme in the fall. They’re sure to be a hit for a special brunch.

folded Crepes

Orbs of citrus satisfy my craving for color during winter months, but no matter the weather, it’s always a good time to get your crèpe on! Get the recipe, below, originally published on 80Twenty.

honey drizzled on Gluten Free Crepes
Gluten Free Crepes with fruit

Cheers!

Gluten Free Crepes on dish

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Gluten Free Crèpes with Ricotta, Citrus & Honey

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Lacy gluten-free ricotta crèpes are topped with ricotta whipped cream, rounds of winter citrus, torn mint leaves, and a generous drizzle of honey.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Crepes:

  • 1/3 cup GF oat flour (1.25 ounces / 35 grams)
  • 1/3 cup millet flour (1.5 ounces / 45 grams)
  • 1/3 cup sweet white rice flour (1.75 ounces / 50 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup whole milk (more as needed) (8 ounces / 235 ml)
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta (8 ounces / 235 ml)
  • ghee or butter, for cooking the crèpes

Ricotta Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (4 ounces / 120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta (4 ounces / 120 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • 2 Cara Cara (or navel) oranges
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 4 small tangerines
  • 8 small kumquats
  • a handful of small, pretty mint leaves
  • a few tablespoons honey, for drizzling

Instructions

Let’s make crèpes!:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oat, millet and sweet rice flours with the salt. Add the eggs, butter, honey, and 1/4 cup of the milk and whisk to form a smooth, thick batter. Gradually whisk in the remaining milk, then the ricotta. If the batter is thick, add a tablespoon or two of more milk to thin it. (I usually add an additional 2 tablespoons, but I recommend making a tester first to make sure you need it.)
  • Heat an 8-inch crèpe pan or skillet over medium heat. Add a small pat of ghee to the pan and use a scrunched up paper towel to wipe it around the pan; you just want a super-thin layer of ghee to prevent stickage, but not so much that the batter slips and slides all over the place when you swirl it around the pan. When the pan is hot, grasp it in your left hand (if right-handed) and pour 1/3 cup of batter onto the left side of the pan. Quickly tilt the pan to the right, shuffling it to spread the batter evenly into a thin layer that coats the bottom of the pan.
  • Place the pan back on the flame and cook the crèpe on the first side until the edges are golden and the top is fairly dry, about 2 minutes. Slide a thin metal spatula under the crèpe to make sure it hasn’t stuck (I like using a tiny offset spatula), then grasp an edge with both sets of fingers and flip it over. (Or use a wide metal spatula to flip if you haven’t burned off all your fingerprints yet flipping crèpes.) Cook the crepe briefly on the second side until cooked through, about 1 minute. Fold the crèpe into quarters and slide it onto a large, covered plate to keep it warm.
  • As you work, adjust the heat under the pan as needed. You want enough heat to give the crèpes a lacy look, but not so much that the pan smokes or the batter goes crazy when you pour it into the pan.
  • Cook the remaining crèpes, repeating the ghee-spreading, batter-shuffling, finger-burning process. It will take a good half hour to get them all cooked.
  • Meanwhile, make the ricotta whipped cream:
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine the heavy cream, ricotta, honey, and vanilla. Whip on medium-high until the mixture holds soft peaks. Cover and chill until needed.

Prepare the citrus:

  • Rinse and dry the fruits.
  • Cut the ends off of an orange. Place the orange cut-side down on a cutting board and use a sharp chef’s or serrated knife to pare away the skin and pith, following the curve of the fruit. Turn the orange on its side and cut into thin rounds, removing any seeds. Repeat with the other oranges and tangerines. Slice the kumquats into thin rounds and remove the seeds.

Serve:

  • Re-warm the cooked crèpes in the hot pan, and place two on each of four plates. Divide the citrus rounds over the crèpes and top with some pretty, small mint leaves (or tear large ones into pieces). Spoon some ricotta whipped cream to the side of each crèpe and drizzle the whole thing with a bit of honey. Serve immediately.

Notes

The crèpe batter can be made up to 1 day ahead and chilled. Give it a stir before cooking. Cooked crèpes will also keep, refrigerated airtight, for up to two days. Reheat before serving.
Nutritional values are based on one of four servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 2190IU | Vitamin C: 85.4mg | Calcium: 389mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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47 thoughts on “Gluten Free Crepes With Ricotta, Citrus, and Honey”

  1. What a fresh & uplifting recipe! Sunny colors of citrus fruit make me dream of warmer days to come while having lots of snow here in the South of Germany!

  2. This recipe is amazing and honestly makes me want to go to the kitchen in the middle of the night (if I just had ricotta at home…). I always love your pictures so much, words are not enough to describe it!

  3. i'm not even sure i could describe why, but seeing the candid shot at the bottom made my heart swell with joy. these are beautiful. so are you!

  4. Thank you for this recipe, and for introducing me to 80twenty. Her food, like yours, is right up my alley! I have fond memories of Sunday mornings when my mom would make us crepes for breakfast. I have been craving them again lately, but could never get the gf flours just right. So, I've been stuck with this "what's worse, mediocre crepes or none at all?" dilemma. Thanks for rescuing me from crepe purgatory!

    1. Yes, Kris's site is the best! I've made some sad GF crepes myself, so I'm glad I could help. Lucky you to have gotten crepes for breakfast from your mom!

  5. Shopping for flours tomorrow! Serving with my mother’s home grown super sweet and delicious grapefruit!m and oranges – yay for check in luggage :)

  6. I’ve made gluten crepes dozens of times with my little stainless steel pan, but when I tried this recipe, it stuck like mad. Like, had to scrape it clean. Was about to scrap the whole thing and try another recipe, then I got out my cast iron and voila – perfection. No stickage. SO, warning to all those that attempt these crepes – use cast iron! Or maybe nonstick pan (I don’t have any of those).

    Variation: I used non-dairy milk and did not add honey. Worked great. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I’m so sorry these stuck for you. My pan is also not nonstick, and some other type of metal, I’m not sure what. Very curious! I’m SO glad the cast iron worked and that these were a success! Thanks a bunch for trying out the recipe. :)

  7. Alterations for crepes only:
    I just made these again, with some changes. I wanted to see what would happen if I omitted the ricotta and honey, and used safflower oil instead of melted butter. I also used 1/2 tsp of salt as last time they were a little salty for my taste. They turned out PERFECT. Just like the “normal” all-purpose flour ones I used to make. I heated up tiny bits butter in my cast-iron to prevent from sticking, and used a ladle to measure out batter as it was very thin. When done, we added a spoonful of chopped fruit and a dollop of plain whipped cream, wrapped up like a tube, and devoured. My kids favorite breakfast :) I’m not sure how my son walked to school this morning as he ate, like, at least 10.

    Anyways, thank for for experimenting with this flour combo – such a great alternative to buckwheat crepes (which I find rather bitter).

    1. Well I’m going to try your variation ASAP because those sound absolutely delicious! And LOL about your son! Thanks so much for experimenting with this recipe and for the note. :)