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Crespelle Sweet Italian Pancakes served with a dried fruit compote

Crespelle Sweet Italian Pancakes

Farmersgirl Kitchen
 Classic crepe-style sweet pancakes which make a really delicious dessert with a filling of dried fruits and a little sweet syrup.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 426 kcal


For the Crespelle

  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 300 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • some melted butter

For the dried fruit filling

  • 100 g dried fruits mix of dried apricots, cranberries, raisins or whatever you have in your larder
  • 100 ml orange juice

To serve

  • 200 ml cream or greek yogurt


For the Crespelle

  • Sieve the flour then simply mix everything together, you can use an electric whisk, liquidiser or stick mixer or put the flour into a large jug and add the eggs and milk gradually mixed with a simple hand whisk   
  • Add the sugar and leave the mixture to rest for at least 10 minutes.  You can leave it for several hours or even overnight. 
    Crespelle Sweet Italian Pancake batter
  • Melt a little butter in the pan and when it starts to sizzle add just enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan
    Making Crespelle Sweet Italian Pancakes
  • Cook the pancake until it browns underneath (lift it up with a spatula to see) and it should bubble on the top.  Then flip it over and cook the other side. 
    Flip over the Crespelle Sweet Italian Pancakes
  • As you make the pancakes, layer them between sheets of baking parchment and cover with a clean tea towel until you have all your pancakes and are ready to serve. 

For the dried fruit filling

  • Chop larger dried fruits like apricots and apple into small pieces, put all the fruits into a bowl with the orange juice. 
  • Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes or until hot.  Set aside for 10 minutes for the fruit to soak up some of the juice. 


You can fill the pancakes with all sorts of sweet fillings. Stewed apples, plums or blackberries would be good.  Or serve in the traditional English style with a little caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. 


Calories: 426kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 10gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 538mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1880IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 1.3mg
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