June 8, 2015
June is National Dairy Month – and, this year it’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Dairy Council! Yahoo! To celebrate June Dairy Month I have a beautiful dessert that may be prepared ahead of time in just 3-easy steps. The recipe for these Lemon Berry Crepes comes from the brand new cookbook (released June 2) Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families. Since the cookbook is more than a recipe book, it’s really a glimpse into the life of America’s dairy farm families and where our food comes from, each recipe brings you into a farmer’s world – more than just making the recipe, you get to recreate an experience.
LEMON SAUCE (Uses first 6 ingredients - butter, sugar, zest, lemon juice, egg, cream).
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the egg and, and mix until smooth. Return saucepan to medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. (Do not boil or the eggs will scramble.) Remove from heat. Whisk in the cream and set aside to cool.
CREPES: (next 8 ingredients)
Combine 2-eggs, milk, and water in a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Add flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add browned butter and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.
Melt a pat of butter in a 6-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour a scant ¼-cup batter into skillet, tilting skillet so the batter covers the bottom in a thin layer. Cook until crepe is lightly browned, about 1 ½ minutes. Loosen a corner of the crepe, turn over, and cook until very lightly browned, another 15 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Continue cooking crepes, stacking until there are at least 12, adding more butter to the pan as necessary. Cool to room temperature.
FILLING (last 3 ingredients - cream cheese, yogurt & berries)
The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families was inspired by consumers’ passion for cooking and recipe sharing. It also will help people reconnect with those who play a role in producing our food – the nation’s nearly 47,000 dairy farm families.
It showcases modern dairy farming through stories and photography of farmers and the recipes their families have enjoyed – in some cases for generations – on the farm.
Much more than a cookbook – it’s a storybook that tells the tale of the American dairy farmer. For June Dairy month this is a fantastic way to connect people back to the farm where the ingredients that form our favorite recipes originate.
Recipes are categorized by a typical farm day – from sunrise to sundown. There also are dishes for special occasions and family gatherings. Each recipe showcases the versatility of cooking with milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and other dairy favorites.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the ingredient list – it’s actually pretty simple and is made in 3-steps.
1. Sauce - I love this lemon sauce and the recipe is quite simple.
2. Crepes - I love to make crepes. They are basically a thin delicate pancake, made with a blender.
3. Filling - Simple, Simple, Simple. Yogurt and strawberry flavored cream cheese mixed together.
Note: Recipe used by permission. Lemon-Berry Crepes recipe from “The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families,” pg 182. “The Dairy Good Cookbook” was inspired by consumers’ passion for cooking and recipe sharing. It also will help people reconnect with those who play a role in producing our food – the nation’s nearly 47,000 dairy farm families. The book is available wherever books and e-books are sold.