Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom CrepesHave you guys hopped on the Meyer lemon train yet? Honestly, I was resistant for a long time. I thought Meyer lemons were just a different variety of lemon, and I haughtily disregarded all the fuss I kept hearing. It’s just a stupid lemon, it can’t taste THAT different. (Now you know what a fine palate I have.)

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

But then I read somewhere what a Meyer lemon actually IS: a cross between a lemon and tangerine/mandarin orange. Like a pluot (plum-apricot.) Now that’s a game changer my friends. I apologize to all food bloggers and cooks everywhere whose Meyer lemon recipes I brushed aside. Now I’m on the bandwagon. Meyer lemons be rockin the house.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom CrepesThey are sweeter than a lemon, but you still of course can’t just bite into one. They serve just as lemons would most of the time, but with a tangerine-y citrus flavor that I’m kind of failing at describing right now. Just trust me you guys, it’s delicious.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom CrepesI’m dying to try it as regular lemonade, like this Meyer Lemonade from White on Rice Couple. (Except I would probably add basil because didn’t we just talk about how I’m obsessed?) I feel like most of the time you see Meyers in desserts, but you can definitely get creative on the savory side too. See the bottom of the post for some Meyer lemon recipe links.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Raise your hand if you love crepes! My mom makes a mean crepe and I used to beg her to make them when I was kid. (I especially loved these Chicken Crepes with Jalapeno Cheese; still a favorite of mine.)

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Don’t fret if your crepes look like a bloody train wreck on the first couple tries flipping. It takes some practice. If your crepe turns out looking fabulous on the first try, then head to Vegas, because you have an awesome case of beginners luck. Honestly it doesn’t matter much what they look like because you are folding or rolling them anyway.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Oh, and don’t be freaked out by the cardamom. I promise it’s delicious. Cardamom and lemon, sittin in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage…  These Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes would be a nice recipe to change it up for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

What are you guys doing? My mom and I are going on a local Garden Tour. That’s right, we are actually paying to walk around a hoity-toity neighborhood and feel jealous of other people’s fake waterfalls and overly manicured lawns. Then we will go back home and cry over our scrawny tomato plants and barely-surviving crabgrass. And then we will stuff our faces with these crepes, and everything will be better.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

Yield: makes about 10 or 12 crepes, depending on how big your pan is.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon meyer lemon zest
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons meyer lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • more melted butter, to brush the pan
  • juice from 3 meyer lemons, warmed in the microwave
  • zest from 3 meyer lemons
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cardamom, and meyer lemon zest.
  2. Gradually add the milk while whisking. Get out all the lumps. Add the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter, and whisk for a couple minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When it is hot, brush some melted butter on the bottom of the pan. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of crepe batter into the pan. Quickly lift the pan with your hand and rotate it so that the batter swirls around to coat the bottom of the pan. You want a very thin layer. Here's a good crepe video.
  4. Cook for about 1 minute, until the top of the crepe is mostly dry. Then carefully flip with a large spatula. Cook for another 15-45 seconds. Some brown spots are okay, but don't overcook them or the edges will get crusty.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter. You can remove the crepes to a plate and then cover them with foil to keep warm.
  6. To serve, lay a warm crepe flat on a plate and brush generously with warm Meyer lemon juice. Sprinkle with 1-3 tablespoons sugar. Top with a sprinkling of zest. Then either fold the crepe into quarters or roll it. I folded mine in half, then rolled. Top with additional juice, sugar, and zest.

Notes

I know I've been going on about the Meyer lemons, but regular lemons will still taste fabulous in this recipe.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2014/05/09/meyer-lemon-and-cardamom-crepes/

Source: adapted from Fahrenbite

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

I promise crepes are hard to mess up, but if you are hoping for traditional then you want them looking more like the one on the left than the one on the right. The brown one is a little crispy on the edges because technically it is overcooked. I actually kinda like it that way. (BOOM that was the sound of me getting hit upside the head by French people everywhere.)

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom Crepes

You can fold your crepes however you like. I like to fold it in half, add toppings, then roll.

Meyer Lemon and Cardamom CrepesI love that you can see the specks of cardamom. CardaMOM. See I told you this was perfect for Mother’s Day. Okay Karen, here’s your sign. Time to shut up.

Need more Meyer? Check these out:

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes with Meyer Lemon Curd from Eats Well with Others

Meyer Lemon Iced Raspberry Yogurt Cake from Kitchen Trial and Error <–I’m so making this

Meyer Lemon Sorbet from This Homemade Life

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake from Tutti Dolci

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Meyer Lemon Relish from Brooklyn Supper

Winter Pear Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette from Damn Delicious

Meyer Lemon Chicken from The View From Great Island

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  1. says

    Karen, you are too cute with your stories — you have me giggling every time! You definitely have a way with words; don’t let anyone (or any aspect of blogging) change that. :) Although we’re celebrating Mother’s Day a few weeks late this year (so my brother can finish up finals at college and I can pack for a trip — yikes!), we almost always celebrate with crêpes too! My brother, the one who used to be kitchen-challenged, is actually the crêpe master. He makes perfect ones every time because they’d have a Crêpe Night every week in his dorm where he and his friends would all hang out and eat strawberries and nutella all night. But I digress… Have a wonderful time with your mom on Mother’s Day, and I hope your little ones treat to you a fun gift too! (P.S. Are you really awake right now, or did you schedule your post ahead of time??)
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    • says

      Thank you so much Amy! That means a lot coming from you, your blog is so awesome. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day too! Mine was great. Lots of food :) And yes, I really was awake at publication time for this post BECAUSE I’M INSANE. I don’t write posts when my kids are awake, so that means I usually finish around 1 or 2…or 3. Bad, bad. someday it’s going to catch up to me. until then I’m just going to lay on the foundation underneath my eyes, lol!

      • says

        Aww you’re so sweet — thank you! :) You’re a great mom to wait to write blog posts until your kids go to bed! They might not express it very well now, but when they grow up they’ll definitely appreciate the time and attention you gave them instead. And I was awake when you posted it too, so shame on me! I don’t even have kids to blame it on! ;) My guy’s nocturnal, not just a night owl, so even though I’m a morning person, I try to stay up late to spend quality time with him. Oof, hand me that foundation!
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  2. says

    Hand raised here. 2 hands actually, love crepes. And with this lemon flavoring? Forget about it. These look amazing! Hope you have a great Mother’s Day weekend.

  3. says

    Love the idea of the lemons and crepes.. and I never knew the “technical” difference of a meyer lemon. I have to admit a little scared of the cardamon…. but I had a bad cardamon cookie experience in the not so distant past… Garden tours are fun… I usually get about 50 great ideas… and then realize how much work they are :)
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  4. says

    I love your writing and your recipes!! I read your bio and I, too, left home with limited cooking abilities…(i.e… only nobake cookies). If it weren’t for my mother in law teaching me a few things my husband would have starved to death in the first year. LEMON IS MY FAVORITE! I just made lemon bars. Will have to try these : )
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  5. says

    Meyer lemon crepes with cardamon? Sign me up! These look super fresh and zesty…and amazing. Although I must admit I’m terrified of making crepes…mine have looked like bloody train wrecks more than a couple times….but, what the heck, I’m gonna give these a try! Yum!
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  6. says

    Hehe I love your writing style..so witty and hilarious ;). I absolutely adore meyer lemons..and plots and all the fun-named hybrids. I’m so impressed by your crepe making skills! They look perfectly thin and light. Meyer lemon + cardamom – love the way you roll! Hope you had a wonderful mother’s day!
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  7. says

    I am extremely disheartened that I have not jumped on the meyer lemon bandwagon yet, but I think that you are just so adorable and amazing with words that I must go to the market RIGHT NOW! If i wasn’t so terrified of making a crepe, I’d be making them ASAP. Maybe I will have to give it a shot this weekend ;). Thank you so much for sharing! Pinned times a million!
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  8. says

    I feel so uneducated right now…I’m pretty sure I’ve been eating Meyer lemons from my backyard and didn’t even realize it until now. It’s a rental so I didn’t plant it but I was wondering why they tasted somewhat like an orange. Hmmph!

    I can imagine the flavor is fantastic in these crepes! They look so soft and pillowy, I could just rest my head on them and take a nap…
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  9. says

    Um yes, if your first crepe looks good . . . you’re some kind of magician. I think I end up with one decent-looking crepe for every 30 crappy ones. I love the taste, but I hate making them haha.

    Also, I’ve never seen a Meyer Lemon. Ever. Anywhere. I’m going to go cry now. Because they sound AMAZING!
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