Have you ever had the Swedish Crepes at IHOP? I was hooked from the first bite of those delicate crepes topped with a lingonberry butter and lingonberry sauce. I learned they are a tart berry grown on low evergreen shrubs throughout Scandinavia’s forests. The only time I’ve ever come across Lingonberry Sauce was at World Market aka Cost Plus and I had to pick up a jar. They are dark red in color and tart like a cranberry but smaller. I would have to say these belong on a dessert menu and unlike IHOP, I chose to fill the crepes with a lemony cream cheese filling.
I took a page from Pioneer Woman’s blog. She made berry butter using fresh berries and froze it in a log to be used later. So I decided to make a log of lingongberry butter using a half cup of sauce to 2 sticks of butter.
Let the butter sit at room temperature for at least 30 – 45 minutes. Place softened butter into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
Confession time . . . when time came to make the crepes I started getting the ingredients ready and found I was out of milk but I had a carton of buttermilk that made for a good substitute. I’ve made this recipe many times and found that either type of milk will make a delicate crepe. You’ll also need some sugar, flour, salt, 2 eggs, and butter.
While the batter is chillin, it’s time to make the lemony cream cheese filling. I used 8 ounces of light cream cheese, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Again, let the cream cheese soften to room temperature.
Okay, finally time to make our crepes. Heat up a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Take a pat of butter and spread a little over the hot pan until you have a light coating. This will prevent your crepes from sticking. Or you could use some cooking spray, but I prefer butter for crepes.
You will start to see the crepe form and bubble slightly in the center. After a couple minutes check to see if the crepe will slide easily in the pan. If so either toss the crepe to heat the other side or use a spatula to turn the crepe over. I have learned over time how to toss the crepe. It’s easier to just do it fast and it usually lands perfectly on the other side. My guys think it’s fun and I always have a helper to toss the crepes for me.
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted (plus extra 2 tablespoons for coating pan)
Cream Cheese Filling
Combine flour, sugar and salt together in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together buttermilk and eggs and place into a blender. Add the melted butter to the mix. Next, add the flour mixture and process until smooth. Place in refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes to chill.
Heat a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Pour 1/3 cup batter into pan. Quickly tilt pan in all directions to batter covers pan like a thin film. Cook 1 – 2 minutes. Check the crepe by carefully lifting the side with a spatula. The crepe is ready to turn when it can be shaken loose from the pan and underside is slightly browned. Turn crepe over and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Place crepes on a warming plate on the stove to keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining batter Note** If crepes stick place a piece of wax paper between each crepe.
Place a single crepe on a plate and fill with 2 dollops of cream cheese filling. Roll the crepe gently around the filling. Top with Lingonberry Butter and Lingonberry Sauce. Makes 8 crepes with filling.
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Lingonberry Sauce or Lingonberry Preserves
Let butter stand at room temperature until softened. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter, add the lingonberry sauce and mix together.
Place a sheet of aluminum foil and a sheet of plastic wrap over top. Scoop your butter over the plastic wrap and gently form into a log, wrapping the plastic and aluminum foil around the log. Twist the ends and place the log into the refrigerator. Any unused butter can be placed in freezer for later use.
**Note, butter will turn hard like a stick of butter. Cut a pat of the lingonberry butter just like regular butter.
Cream Cheese Filling
1 (8 ounce) package Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer blend together until light and creamy. Transfer to a bowl until ready to use.
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