Cornmeal Crepes with Fresh Buttermilk Cheese and Blackberries

Photo: Yunhee Kim

Paper-thin crepes are improved upon health-wise with blackberries; this fruit is among the most fiber-rich you'll find and is a good source of vitamin C. Buttermilk -- a lower-fat alternative to heavy cream -- provides the base for the filling.


For the Cheese

  • 6 cups low-fat buttermilk

  • 4 ½ teaspoons confectioners' sugar

For the Crepes

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • Pinch of salt and freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white

  • ¼ cup skim milk

  • ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon canola oil

  • Vegetable oil, cooking spray

  • 3 ½ cups blackberries

  • ¼ cup creme de cassis

  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Make the cheese: Line a large fine sieve with 3 layers of cheesecloth, and set over a large bowl. Heat buttermilk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, without stirring, until clear liquid separates from milk at edges or a candy thermometer clipped to the edge of the pan registers 95 degrees. Reduce heat to low; cook until thermometer registers 100 degrees. Remove from heat; let stand 3 minutes. Pour into sieve; cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until thick and creamy, about 3 hours (up to overnight). Before serving, stir in confectioners' sugar.

  2. Make the crepes: Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Whisk egg, egg white, milk, buttermilk, honey, and oil in another bowl; gradually add to flour mixture, whisking until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Coat an 8-inch crepe pan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Remove from heat; pour in 2 1/2 tablespoons batter, swirling to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, flipping once, until edges are golden and center is dry, 45 to 60 seconds per side. Repeat with remaining batter.

  4. Toss together berries and cassis. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing often. Divide crepes among plates. Spread each with 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle with berries; drizzle with juice from bowl. Dust with sugar.

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