Cracking Crêpes

A couple of weekends ago we went out to lunch to this gem of a cafe, Le Trèfle which recently opened in Killarney Heights. It is located in the square adjacent to a great playground so mums and dads you can sit and drink your coffee and watch your children safely racing around. 2014 02 22_1158

If it happens to be raining the restaurant is set up inside for children too, with a good selection of toys and books. There are plenty of highchairs and although the cafe isn’t large there is space for prams. Part of the fun of going is that you can watch them making the crêpes to order in their open plan kitchen. Freddie was facinated watching them pour the batter onto the hot plate and smooth it out with a spatula.

The food is seasonal, fresh and simply quite delicious! They state that they proritise seasonal, organic, local food and you can definitely tell. On their menu was the option to build your own crêpe from a selection of toppings such as ham, egg, tomatoes ($7 a pancake and $1 per topping) or four gourmet crêpes (ranging from $13 – $17).  They also have a selection of sweet crêpes (ranging from $4 – $15). Their savoury crêpes are made from buckwheat which is freshly millet in house everyday and naturally gluten free and the sweet crêpes are made with organic unbleached flour but can be made using a gluten free option on request.

It definitely is a menu for all budgets and a very affordable place to eat out with the children and if you don’t fancy a crêpe they also have a selection of sandwiches and salads on the menu too.

Three of us round the table tucked into a very seasonal La Parmesane, a crêpe served with Prosciutto, fig, rocket and parmesan cheese in balsamic dressing. The figs were so sweet and juicy and the crêpe light and wafer thin. The children shared a ham and cheese crêpe ($9) which was more than enough for the two of them and they demolished it in a matter of minutes. Hubby had the same with mushrooms thrown in for an extra $1.

For dessert , we tried out the chocolate crêpe which is a homemade ganache ($7) and salted butter caramel crêpe ($8). Our friends added a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (an extra $3) which they said was to die for. We all had coffees, mine was strong and smooth but slightly cooler than I would have liked. Freddie loved his babichino. Our friends had iced coffees that looked incredible with a mountain of cream on top. Lottie sat their pointing at them chanting “yum, yum, yum”.

Freddie said we should give them 5 stars because the chocolate crêpe was sooooooooooo delicious! When I asked hubby what he thought of the cafe the only slightly negative critic was that we had to ask for water several times and that is really nitpicking. I would happily go back to Le Trèfle and try out more of their delicious crêpes.2014 02 22_1261

Having enjoyed our visit to Le Trèfle I decided to contact the owners to see if they would be able to share a one of their recipes with Freddie’s Food. Their chief crêpes flipper, Renato, has emailed me the recipe for the sweet crêpes they make at Le Trèfle (makes around 18 crêpes):

4 eggs
2tsp coarse celtic salt
2tsp vanilla extract
200g sugar
500g unbleached organic flour
1l full cream milk
50g melted butter
Whisk the eggs, salt, vanilla extract and sugar together. Add milk and flour little by little, alternating, to get a smooth, lump-free batter. Lastly, whisk in the melted butter and let it stand for an hour before cooking.
Heat up a large non-stick skillet to medium heat, drop a ladleful of the batter and swirl it around to form a thin crêpe.
Top the crêpes with pretty much anything: jam, honey, maple syrup, ice cream, whipped cream, your imagination is the limit.

We will definitely be eating crêpes for dinner tonight both for main and dessert. I’ve promised Freddie a chocolate sauce although I’m not sure my ganache is going to live up to Le Trèfle’s! I’ll keep you posted on how they go down.


3 thoughts on “Cracking Crêpes

  1. Brilliant timing thank you Kate. Alexander and I just made these and I’m cooking them now….yummy!

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