Gluten Free Crèpes with Ricotta, Citrus & Honey
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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