Taste Canada: Apple Crêpes from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook

Excerpted from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap Books) edited by Mairlyn Smith. Photos by Mike McColl.

Apple Crêpes
By Deb Campbell, PHEc

Apple-Crepes-300.jpgIn Canada we know how to grow apples. With the huge variety available in the fall and winter months, stretch out your culinary tastes and experiment with different varieties (see sidebar). NOTE: For this recipe we used Astro Original French Vanilla Yogurt, with 1.5 grams total fat per 1⁄2 cup (125 mL), for its flavour and lower fat content.

1 recipe Basic Quinoa Crêpes (see below):

2 Tbsp (30 mL) non-hydrogenated margarine
4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced (see sidebar)
1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp (2mL) cinnamon + some for garnish
1/4 tsp (1mL) nutmeg
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Astro Original French Vanilla Yogurt or a similar fat-reduced French vanilla yogurt
Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Prepare Basic Quinoa Crêpes (see below):

When the crêpes are made, in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the non­hydrogenated margarine and sauté the apple slices for 2 to 3 minutes, until they start to become translucent.

Add the brown sugar, stirring to coat fruit, and cook for about 2 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is just starting to bubble.

Add the spices and continue to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the apple slices are tender but not mushy. (Recipe can be made in advance to this point. Cool, refrigerate and then reheat just before serving.)

To assemble: To make sure each crêpe is flavour enhanced, working quickly, brush each crêpe with some of the cooked apple mixture. Fold the crêpes in quarters and place two crêpes on each of six plates. Spoon one­ sixth of the apple mixture overtop each pair of crêpes. Add 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) of yogurt to each serving and sprinkle with cinnamon. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the crêpes.

To serve: Garnish with mint if desired. Serve immediately. For a special fall dessert, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of rum can be stirred into the apple mixture after it has been taken off the heat. Finish the presentation as described in Step 4.

Makes 12 crêpes • One serving=2 crêpes with 1⁄4 of the cooked apple mixture and 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) of yogurt

Nutrition per serving
373 calories, 39 mg cholesterol, 3 g fibre, 3 g saturated fat, 49 g carbohydrates, 7 g protein, 18 g total fat, 74 mg sodium, 34 g sugars
Excellent source of vitamin D