Pink & girly pancake party buffet

Party season has officially started and there is plenty of parties to catch up during upcoming week-ends. Some of us also have to organise some parties like graduation parties, baby showers and so much more. I got an idea of a pancake buffet because so many people like pancakes and they’re so easy to serve with different sides.

You can design your buffet to suit with your party’s theme. I went pretty girly this time and picked only cute, pink and sweet sides to serve with french classic crepes. Next time I think I’ll try some salty sides. As a proper party drink I tried the new Kopparberg’s Sparkling Rosé with raspberry flavour. It is very summery and its berry flavour suited well with my sweet pancake buffet.

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FRENCH CREPES

Serves 4-6

4 large eggs
3,5 dl milk of your choice
3 tbsp melted butter
2,5 dl all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and let the mixture sit at least 15 minutes before starting to cook crepes. Choose a proper omelette or pancake pan with a very thin spatula to make sure you’ll succeed to get pretty crepes. Heat the pan over medium temperature and add some butter to make the pan non-sticky. Don’t pour too much mixture into pan just enough to cover the pan.

IDEAS TO SERVE WITH

Ice cream in many flavours
Marshmallows
Candies & chocolate chips
Fresh berries and fruits
Jams
Pancake syrups
Whipped cream

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Todays pancakes inspired by
John Gibbons - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Ofenbach - Be Mine
Philip George - Feel This Way
John Gibbons - Would I Lie to You
Dua Lipa - Be the One

In collaboration with Kopparberg.
Photos by Julius Konttinen.

Pancake lady reviews: Favourite crepes in Paris

Welcome to my new series of blog posts where I review some pancakes when travelling around the globe. I recently was in Paris – the city I would call the European capital of pancakes. There is plenty of places to find amazing pancake portions in Paris – french creperies are restaurants offering mainly salty and sweet pancake portions. Big boulevards and streets are also great places to find delicious crepes so don’t hesitate to try crepes just around the corner.

I gathered few different type of pancake spots; a traditional breton creperie, a confectionery and a modern, international creperie.
Here comes some tips for pancaking in Paris! 

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Creperie Broceliande

15 Rue des Trois Frères – 18ème arrondissement Montmartre

I spotted this traditional french creperie from TripAdvisor already before our trip. I am a big fan of reading food reviews and taking tips for travel destinations. Even though I’ve been in Paris the restaurant scene of the city is huge and even the locals struggle to be aware of the places to be. French people love all kind of crepes and it is common to eat them as a lunch.

We spent a day in Montmartre district and ate lunch in Creperie Broceliande which is nearby Sacre Cœur Basilisca. The creperie is quite small and opens just before lunch so be ready to eat an early lunch to get a table. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly and the staff speaks good English. We ordered two traditional meals – Crepe Parisien and Crepe Auvergnate. I am a huge fan of french artisan ciders and it is a must to eat salty crepes with tasty, dry cider. The texture of traditional breton crepes is crunchy and very tasteful because of special flours they use in the mixture. Creperie Brocaliande offers also lots of sweet variants in their menu, but I recommend to eat a proper meal there.

 

 

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Confiserie Traditionelle

Boulevard des Italiens – 9ème arrondissement Opéra & Pigalle

There is endless amount of all kind of confectioneries in Paris. As a teenager travelling first time in France I probably fed myself with Nutella crepes whole week. I still love to get one or two crepes from these lovely shops. We stayed in hotel at Opera district so this cute Confiserie Traditionelle was on our way to hotel after a long day full of shopping.

My favourite choices from confectioneries are crepes with french traditional apple jam, plain sugar or Nutella. This time I choose something bit different – Crepe avec Nutella and banana. Very nice combination indeed! Fans of Nutella should try out this one.

 

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Crepe Avenue

4 Rue de Surène – 8ème arrondissement Champs Elysées 

Last day of our trip we dropped by this fabulous restaurant – Crepe Avenue. It is nearby Champs Elysées and even after spending the morning at Laduree I had to get some last bites of french crepes. And I’m glad I did. Crepe Avenue was a delightful surprise – A modern creperie with some international twist in their menu like Crepe Snickers or Rockyroad.

The service was excellent and the waiter recommended me to order his favourite portion with caramelised apple. Honestly… one of the best crepes I’ve ever eaten. A big recommendation to drop by when you’re hanging around Champs Elysées district.

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Dreamy & Creamy Ricotta Pancakes

This recipe is one of my faves in a while. Like usually – great flavours are found by mixing fresh and more heavy tastes together. Cheese fits very well with pancakes and give them texture and creamy flavour. Ricotta and mascarpone are both well suited ingredients to put into pancake mixture. Here I went very Italian: I made some creamy ricotta pancakes and served them with Limoncello foam.

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photo by  Julius Konttinen

RICOTTA PANCAKES:

3,5 dl all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted butter
2,5 dl heavy milk
1,8 dl ricotta cheese
2 large eggs

Put all the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and whisk them properly together. Then whisk in a separate bowl together heavy milk, ricotta cheese, eggs and melted butter. Pour the ricotta mixture into the flour until the batter is smooth and creamy. Heat an oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Brown on both sides and serve hot with limoncello foam.

LIMONCELLO FOAM:

2 dl creme fraiche
2 dl cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
2-3 tbsp Limoncello (I accidentally put 5 tbsp…oops)

First make fluffy whipped cream in a large baking bowl. Then mix in cream fraiche, vanilla extract and sugar. Finally add Limoncello into mixture and mix gently. Pour foam as a topping for pancakes and serve with lemon zest.

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Todays pancakes inspired by
Veronica Maggio: Snälla bli min
Petra Marklund: Som du bäddar
kent: Dom andra
kent: Egoist
Veronica Maggio: Jag kommer