Pumpkin Cranberry Crepes

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Author Notes: The recipe was created to match the non-pie theme but not venture too far from tradition and seasonal ingredients. Crepes are always a hit whenever served so it moved to the top of my thought process and the rest evolved from there. Thanksgiving can also be a very hectic venture in the kitchen so a desire to prepare something that could mainly be made in advance was important. Assembly can all be done last minute, but with a presentation that looks like you personally prepared them minutes ago. You can of course make the crepes during assembly and have all the items warm. We had mixture of those that wanted the crepes warm and those that found it served at room temperature acceptable. The brittle was a last minute add for some additional crunch texture that is optional. The pumpkin seeds were also in my pantry staring at me. The brittle is a great snack by itself. A variation may be to add a dollup of whipped cream to match the look of a traditonal pumpkin pie. I hope you will try this recipe. It was a hit in our house.Threemealsaday

Serves 6

Pumpkin Filling and Crepes

  • Filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 3/4 cups canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sweet Crepes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cranberry Topping and Pumpkin Seed Brittle

  • Cranberry Topping
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 12 ounces cranberries, whole (fresh)
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted kernels)
  1. Filling
  2. In a medium sauce pan melt the butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup and salt increasing the heat to medium. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. While stirring the mixture cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully add the bourbon and then the cream which will cause the mixture to react violently. Whisk the mixture until you have a smooth consistency.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture and stir into the mixture until well blended. Set aside.
  4. Sweet Crepes
  5. Sift the flour into a small bowl. Whisk in the salt.
  6. Pour the flour mixture into a food processor and the remaining ingredients. Pulse the mixture until well blended. Remove the bowl and pour the mixture through a fine strainer into a medium bowl. Stir the liquid with a spatula until only solids remain in the mesh. Discard the solids.
  7. Cover and place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least one hour overnight recommended).
  8. Heat a crepe pan or small skillet (6 inch) over medium-high heat. Lightly brush the pan with butter. Pour about 1 1/2 ounces of mixture from a ladle into the pan swirling the mixture to coat the pan. Cook 30 to 45 seconds and then flip quickly with a spatula. Cook another 30 seconds.
  9. Remove the crepe to a plate with wax paper. Repeat the process layering each with another piece of wax paper. Set crepes aside.
  10. Cranberry Topping
  11. In a medium sauce pan whisk the orange juice and cornstarch together until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and ground cloves and stir over a medium heat until the sugar mixture comes to a boil. Add the cranberries and cook for 4 minutes while gently stirring the mixture, being careful not to crush the cranberries. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken.
  12. Pumpkin Seed Brittle
  13. In a medium saucepan whisk in the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Cook the mixture for 1 minute over medium heat and then add the seeds. Stir the mixture for another 4 minutes until the the seeds are coated and the mixture is a stick amber color. Remove from heat and pour onto a baking sheet. Allow to cool. Break the cooled mixture into small pieces.
  14. Assembly
  15. Take one crepe and spoon one to two tablespoons of the pumpkin mixture on one side spreading it evenly with a spatula. Fold crepe over and place on a plate with the fold underneath. Repeat again and nestle the crepe next to the other. Spoon the cranberry mixture on top and garnish with the brittle and a dusting of icing sugar.
  16. Note you can warm both the pumpkin and cranberry mixtures if you prefer a warm crepe or alternatively warm in the oven. The cranberry mixture warmed will provide a pleasant aroma.
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almost 4 years ago Rachel12

One word, Brilliant!

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almost 4 years ago Liam

The classic tradition for my family is an Irish dessert, but these look intriguing and I think are family will think outside of the box this time around.

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almost 4 years ago dogchef

As you can see from my name I'm more inclined to try new recipes for my dog :) but I decided to make this for Thanksgiving.

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almost 4 years ago creativechef

Congratulations, my father never eats Pumpkin anything, but after many dares from my children he actually tried this and for some amazing reason he actually enjoyed it! As my family comes over this Friday I'll definetly be making this!

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almost 4 years ago thefinalproduct

This is currently being prepared in my kitchen and my whole family is just so excited they are such a fan of all these flavors!

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almost 4 years ago mama

Spectacular Job! I was so enticed when I saw the Cranberry Glaze, I love Cranberries so much! I just made this and man was it good.

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almost 4 years ago vision29

I saw this the other day, but i didnt want to comment on it until i had tried the recipe out. Tonight i just finished my pumpkin cranberry crepe. It. was. delicious. The flavours remind me so much of thanksgiving, i truely enjoyed this recipe. Good Work!

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almost 4 years ago trust234

Yum! What a good looking dish, the pumkin and cranberries look like there just ready to be eaten! I read some of the comments on this page, looks like everyone loved it, so tonight ill be making the dish, wish me luck!

Katemama

almost 4 years ago Diethood

I love crepes, but I have never thought of a pumpkin filling! That's a delicious idea! I can't wait to try this.
Thanks!

Kate

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almost 4 years ago brain87

Well done! Wonderful, great dish!

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almost 4 years ago jill24

fascinating choices in tastes. I absolutely love it, and your picture? It is stunning, great technique in your dish plating.

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almost 4 years ago goodeats

what a stunning photo! I just had to try it when i saw the picture! My kids made it, it was great fun- We all loved it! Great Entry!

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almost 4 years ago cookinthoseveggies

This just looked fabulous when i saw this. I was truly astonished when i made this and tried it I just gobbled this dessert right up, I loved the pumpkin and cranberry mixture. Good Job. What a keeper recipe!

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almost 4 years ago gottaeatit

what a fabulous dessert! What a good way to keep the thanksgiving spirit without the pie! Congrats, Thanks for the recipe!

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almost 4 years ago Chef4life

I saw this the other day and i just HAD to try this. Tonight i just made this for me and my children and we LOVED this, we couldn't stop eating it. The pumpkin and cranberry mixture i find fantastic and their taste sets each other of. the pumpkin seeds on the top give this a crunch! I don't like pumpkin what so ever but this, I COULDN'T STOP EATING IT, its irresistible. Ill certainly make this again, and I'll share this recipe with everyone!

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almost 4 years ago nobreakfastthanks

These crepes are decadent. I couldn't keep my paws off the leftover brittle - just delicious!

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almost 4 years ago healthfreak

For the past few weeks I have been on a diet but after seeing this I just had to try and make it and I must say it was awesome!

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almost 4 years ago dinnerplease

Finally, I have been looking for years for a dessert that my kids would like that isn't pie and this was one them!

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almost 4 years ago fruity

Can't wait till I go to the grocery store so I can buy some ingredients to make this!

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almost 4 years ago breakfastluv

Beautiful! Looks like you put a lot of effort into your final dish, it looks so tasty!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Yum!

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almost 4 years ago 123eat

Man do I love eating, and this was just added to my favorites!

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almost 4 years ago pieeater

Surprisingly, this dessert was just as good as a classic pie!

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almost 4 years ago bigmomma

My young boys feasted on this violently it's was almost scary....this is a keeper!

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almost 4 years ago housechef

My father is a very picky eater but he adored this!

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almost 4 years ago alilmorebutta

Not only is the taste magical but your presentation in the photo is unbelievable

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almost 4 years ago hotchef

The contrast between the smooth insides and the rough brittle is lovely

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almost 4 years ago fatchef

Beautiful cranberry drizzle, the perfect touch!

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almost 4 years ago pastrylover

One word, Amazing....

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almost 4 years ago gleelover

A perfect dessert! Makes you so full after but you don't regret eating it because it was so good!

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almost 4 years ago Thanksgiving lover

You just made my Thanksgiving so much better! Thanks for the inspiration

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almost 4 years ago sesame

What a great idea! How come I never thought of that???????

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almost 4 years ago lost

After looking for inspiration on the website, this I have finally decided to make for Thanksgiving

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almost 4 years ago mjc

I've looked at most of the other recipes in this contest and in my opinion these two mix of flavors along with the crepe is just so original and on the plus side it tastes good.

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almost 4 years ago gagachef

The mixture of two classic thanksgiving tastes were just fantastic!

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almost 4 years ago raisedachef

What a spectacular change to the usual Thanksgiving dessert!

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almost 4 years ago cookerdaddy

Just came to the U.S for a week and saw this amazing recipe. I just had to try it before I went home to Kenya. Great job!

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almost 4 years ago Hellskitchen

Perfect melody of tastes! Amazing job

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almost 4 years ago masterchef

Looks and tastes like a classic dessert!

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almost 4 years ago Chef101

Superb Dessert! Definitely a must keep!

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almost 4 years ago Mom

Great idea. Certainly beats the soggy pumpkin pie pastry. Will give a breather between courses as you assemble them.

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almost 4 years ago Poppa

Looks and sounds great I will try it sometime soon. Thanks

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almost 4 years ago TastyChef

Truly fantastic! This one is a winner!

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almost 4 years ago Victoriouscooker

What an amazing dessert! The flavors in this recipe are fantastic! You can't get a better dessert!

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almost 4 years ago CanMasterCook

Amazing twist on traditional fall flavours. This is a keeper!

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almost 4 years ago MC Chef

Looks spectacular! Can't wait to try this out for Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing.

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almost 4 years ago jc67

Awesome Recipe... unique twist on a tried and true French dessert. Nice medley of flavors.

Steve_dunn02

almost 4 years ago Oui, Chef

Love your truly American twist on this classic French dessert...beautiful on the plate too. - S

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almost 4 years ago Threemealsaday

Steve,

Thank you for the note. I appreciate you taking the time to take a look.

Stuart

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almost 4 years ago kelly_claggett

This dessert is fabulous! Even the photo of it is stunning. I love it.

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almost 4 years ago Dorothy60

Sounds fantastic. This is one I will definitely try for this Thanksgiving.

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almost 4 years ago Threemealsaday

Would love to hear how it goes? For those that don't like cranberries just top with whipping cream and throw the brittle pieces on top.

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almost 4 years ago hungrynow

Tried it & it tasted awesome! The combination of texture, smell and flavor was really nice. What a desert! Thank you.

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almost 4 years ago Notty

Loved it! very, very good. Congrats to you!

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almost 4 years ago ChefOrbit

What a delicious-sounding recipe! Can't wait to try this at home!

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almost 4 years ago Learner99

Fantastic! The mix of crunchy/smooth, tart/creamy and sweet/savory makes this desert a great one. The colorful variety in the presentation is also a plus. Thank you.