This dessert practically qualifies as a party game with all the tasty toppings guests can pile on.
- Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Photography: Lisa Hubbard
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon rum, brandy, or other liqueur
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for brushing pan
Place milk, vanilla, and rum in blender. Add yolks, sugar, salt, flour, and then butter. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Scrape sides of blender; blend 30 seconds more. Transfer batter to an airtight container; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Brush a 6 1/2-to-7-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet with oil. Heat on medium until just starting to smoke. Remove pan from heat; quickly pour 2 tablespoons of batter into middle of pan.
Quickly (in 2 to 3 seconds) tilt pan in all directions so the batter covers entire bottom in a thin layer. Return pan to heat for about 1 minute. Jerk pan sharply back and forth to loosen the crepe.
Lift edges with a spatula; if underside is golden brown, turn crepe by using two spatulas or by flipping crepe with a toss of the pan.
Cook about 30 seconds more, until spotty brown. Slide crepe onto a plate. Grease pan again with oil, heat to just smoking, and repeat with remaining batter. To keep warm, cover with an ovenproof dish in a 200 degrees oven. Or make up to a day in advance; reheat, covered with foil, in a 300 degrees oven until warm.