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Friday, March 19, 2010

Orange and Sweet Potato Whole Wheat Crepes with Spiced Whipped Topping

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Yields: 10-12 crepes

Crepe Ingredients:
4 large eggs
3 Tbs. butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2-1/2 cups milk
3 Tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Filling Ingredients:
1-8 oz. pkg. neufchatel cheese 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1Tbs. orange zest, finely grated
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2-15oz. cans sweet potatoes in syrup, drained, any strings removed

Topping ingredients:
2 cups whipped topping
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 Tbs. orange zest, finely grated
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Create crepes: In large mixing bowl, combine eggs and butter. Mix well. Whisk in cream, extract, sugar. Add flour then salt. Mix well with mixer on low-medium speed.

Heat a lightly greased nonstick medium-sized skillet; pour 1/4 cup batter into center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to evenly coat bottom. Cook for about 1 minute or until bottom is lightly browned. Turn and cook on other side 15-20 seconds longer. Transfer to a platter, placing wax paper sheets in between each crepe to prevent sticking. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying skillet several more times with spray. 

Create filling: Beat together cheese and brown sugar with mixer until smooth. Mix in next 5 ingredients. Mix in sweet potatoes until well blended. Set aside. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven at 300 degrees F. Spray 11x15-inch glass pan with non-stick cooking spray.

To assemble crepes, spoon approx. 1/3 cup sweet potato filling to center of each crepe. Roll up and place in baking pan. Place in oven for 10 minutes or until warm.

Create topping: Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg in small bowl. Mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Stir. 

Place crepes on plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with dollops of whipped topping mix and sprinkle orange zest and walnuts (optional) over crepes.

Suggestion: Decorate with orange wedges

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