Crepes, Crepes, Crepes!
Hello, and welcome to another week of Friday Night Bytes! Each week I take some video game-inspired recipes and try to recreate them to the best of my (limited) abilities. While my food is rarely pretty, it’s usually tasty, so that’s got to count for something, right? I know this week was supposed to be a four-course meal, but finals week got the better of me, and so instead, I whipped up some comforting, crispy crepes! Taken from The Unofficial Legend of Zelda Cookbook by Aimee Wood, this week’s menu is: Plain Crepe, Honey Crepe, and Wildberry Crepe.
“The simplicity of this dish lets the flavor of its ingredients shine.” – In-game description from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In BotW, the Plain Crepe can be made by cooking Bird Egg, Fresh Milk, Tabantha Wheat, Cane Sugar, and Goat Butter. It’s a curative item, and will restore some of Link’s hearts upon consumption. In real life, the Plain Crepe is, well, a plain crepe!
I’ll admit I was a little nervous about making these – I’ve never actually made crepes before in my entire life. I know the theory behind them, having watched Chopped a jillion times, so I had a pretty good idea of what not to do. The recipe is very simple and very straightforward – mix some almond milk, water, melted butter, and some brown sugar with some all-purpose flour and cook like a pancake. This recipe calls for them to be on the crispy instead of soft side, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the texture.
The Plain crepe is flavored with just a little bit of butter and a dusting of powdered sugar. And it’s good! It’s not terribly sweet, which is a recurring problem I’ve had with this cookbook. The texture is lovely – crispy, but fluffy at the same time. Nice, light flavor, the slight saltiness of the butter with the light dusting of powdered sugar gives it that perfect little salty-sweet bite. And they were so simple to make! They cooked quickly – maybe a minute a side, and after the first one, the stress of making them pretty much evaporated. I will for sure be making these again.
Final Verdict: 4/5 Golden Tri-Forks
“Honey has been drizzled over thin crepes to bring out their natural sweetness and flavor.” – In-game description from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The Honey Crepe is almost identical to the Plain Crepe. To make it in BotW, simply replace the Goat Butter with Courser Bee Honey, and voila! Honey Crepes! In real life, it’s even simpler – make the same plain crepe as above, drizzle honey over it, and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Easy peasy!
The Honey Crepe might just be ever-so-slightly different than the Plain Crepe, but it’s also delicious. Honey goes so well with the butter, and that little cloud of whipped cream tempers the assertive flavor of the honey quite nicely. Just be careful with the honey, as it’s extremely sweet; it’s easy to drizzle just a touch too much, pushing this breakfast dish into dessert territory.
Other than that, no real complaints about this crepe. You’ll notice that it doesn’t… look super pretty. I actually tried to emulate the Honey Crepe as seen in the game, but after assembling it, I realized it’s pretty much physically impossible. Unless you can somehow pour a thin three-quarter circle of crepe batter, which is far, far beyond my skills. So, instead, you get this goofy-looking crepe that was very, very tasty.
Final Verdict: 4/5 Golden Tri-Forks
“Sweet, tart wildberries are folded into thin, springy dough to make this dessert.” – In-game description from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Much like the Honey Crepe, the Wildberry Crepe simply subs the Goat Butter with a Wildberry in the basic recipe. In real life, it just means adding some berries. Technically, the recipe in the cookbook wanted me to make a reduced fruit goop that I’m sure would have been absolutely delicious, buuuuuuut I saw the picture of how the Wildberry Crepe looks in BotW, and had to attempt to recreate it. The results are… interesting? Yeah, let’s go with that.
In spite of how wildly impractical it would be to eat the Wildberry Crepe as designed in-game, this was easily my favorite of the three my husband and I tried. Fresh strawberries, a little whipped cream, and just a little butter on a thin, crispy crepe? Yes, yes, and more yes. It’s a classic combination for a reason, and if I wouldn’t balloon up to 900 pounds, I could easily eat it every morning for breakfast. And then have it again for dessert.
The Husband’s Opinion: “They’re pretty tasty. The texture is just right: kind of crispy and creamy but thin. Super buttery but light. I’m not sure there’s anything different about it compared to any other crepe, but I’d eat them again. You could stuff them with anything, really. The honey adds just a little sweetness and flavor to them, which is a nice touch. My favorite is the wildberry, which isn’t surprising. It’s strawberries and whipped cream in a butter crepe. What’s not to like about that? The strawberries’ tartness contrasts nicely with the buttery crepe and sweet whipped creme. All around tastiness. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any version.”
Final Verdict: 5/5 Golden Tri-Forks
That’s it for this week’s Friday Night Bytes! Thank you for looking at my ugly-but-tasty food. If you’ve ever attempted to recreate video game food, we’d love to see it! Send your best creations your way! And tune in again next week for another culinary catastroventure.