Elderberry Breakfast Syrup & Crepes
Crepes were the first dish I made as a child. Years ago, my Latvian grandmother taught me to make them the plain ol’ simple way – flour, eggs, milk. Through the years I have made them for my family, Fathers Day for my dad, and now for my children. Crepes are very nostalgic to me! Throughout the years I have strayed from the basic recipe and created one that has grown with me. I’ve added spinach, stinging nettle, and turmeric to them at times (not all at once, yuck!).
Basic Crepe Recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
Butter for pan
Mix all the ingredients into one bowl so there are no clumps. Melt butter in pan over medium/medium low heat. Place about ¼ cup of mixture in pan. Unless you have a fancy crepe maker, you’ll need to pick the pan up and move it around so the batter thins out. It’s a bit of a workout! Let it cook for a few minutes on each side.
The crepe fillings I grew up with were the following:
Lemon juice with sprinkled sugar
Homemade blueberry syrup
Elderberries are in season at the moment and I can’t help but wonder how delicious they would be on crepes! Elderberries are super medicinal and typically made into jam, jelly, pie, and syrup when fresh. I’m a huge advocate of elderberry syrup during the cold and flu season. It was the very first medicinal herb I introduced myself to and I’ve seen it work wonders over and over again. True elderberry syrup is made with dry or fresh berries, water, and honey. However, it’s not exactly thick and syrupy as you might think. By all means it would be great on pancakes, but I was hoping for something a bit thicker. My grandmother use to make a blueberry syrup from the wild blueberries we’d harvest during our time in Maine. As kids we would swim out to what we called “Three Pie Island”, gather what we needed, and then swim back being careful not to spill! I believe her recipe was just blueberries, water, and sugar. Here is my recreation of the blueberry syrup using elderberries:
Elderberry Pancake Syrup Recipe
1 cup fresh elderberries (I bet you could use dry too!)
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
- Add berries and water to saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes
- Remove from heat and strain berries from liquid pressing all the juices out
- (You could compost the berries or make a tea)
- Return the liquid to the saucepan and add sugar
- Bring liquid to a boil and reduce to low boil
- Stirring occasionally, allow the mixture to reduce
- After 20 or so minutes the liquid will begin to thicken
- Remove from heat and pour over delicious crepes, pancakes, or oatmeal!