ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas Morning Crepes

Updated on December 5, 2012

Gateau of Crepes

Crepes for a very special Christmas breakfast

This dish is some what time consuming, but Christmas only comes once a year and if you want to make something that will get a lot of ooohs and aaahs and is very delicious as well, this is it.

One thing about most bed and breakfasts, they go out of their way to make fabulous breakfasts, giving "Gourmet" more than just a try! French toast, pancakes & waffles are good ole standbys, as well as omelets, scrambled eggs and quiches. But most innkeepers, tired themselves of making the same dishes over and over and wanting to impress and delight their guests, are eagar to try something different from the usual fare. Like my friend Devona, who frequently makes blueberry Aebleskivers...or Leah, who presents her guests with Lemon Curd French Toast Butterflies, or even myself. Are you up for Croissants au Gratin?

And, you may ask, what about crepes? Few innkeepers make crepes on a regular basis. Although delicious and adaptable to both savory and sweet breakfast entrees, they are quite time consuming, delicate to handle, and not the easiest to make well. However, I came across someone today who made them with ease, while carrying on a continuous conversation with another person. And I watched her very closely to see if I could pick up some of her magic.

Yes, I'm referring to Martha Stewart. She often has a celebrity on during the food segment of her TV show to help her cook up some amazing dish. Today, it was Paul Bettany, the gorgeous British actor (think: the DiVinci Code or A Knight's Tale). He came on to talk about his new movie "Inkheart" and to help her make a wonderful Gateau of Spinach-Gruyere Crepes.

I am definitely going to make it this week-end at my bed and breakfast and thought you too might like to try it too.......So, here's the recipe.


Serves 6

1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, plus more for sheet
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
5 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups)
Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, for squeezing
12 small Basic Crepes

Make the Bechamel: Place onion and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until onion is translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup Gruyere, and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat, add nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add spinach, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes, and season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid, and coarsely chop.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Reserve 2 tablespoons bechamel. Mix remaining bechamel and spinach in a medium bowl. Butter a rimmed baking sheet. Place 1 crepe on center of sheet, and top with 3 tablespoons spinach mixture. Repeat with remaining crepes and spinach mixture, ending with a crepe. Spread reserved bechamel on top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until cheese melts and turns golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer gateau de crepes to a platter. Cut into wedges, and serve warm.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You are very welcome. Thanks for the vote.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      8 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

      Hi alekhouse, this looks delish. Thanks for the recipe.

      Voted up on your wonderful hub


    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Glad you like it.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      A great idea...and a good thing! :)

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Glad you liked the recipe. Let me know how it turns out if you try it

    • profile image

      Grandma's House 

      9 years ago

      This looks so good! And I'm very happy to hear crepes can be frozen, too. I've never tried stacking crepes like this before either. It's gorgeous looking! Thank you-this is something I will definitely try very soon :)

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I'll have to think about it. Actually you really don't taste the spinach with the Bechamel. I am not crazy about spinach either, but I'll eat this or spinach souffle.

    • RedElf profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      OMG, that bechamel is to die for - I only wish my kids liked spinach. I will try to find a substitute - any suggestions?

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Dolores, If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Thanks...Nancy

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I see from the comments that the crepes can be frozen. This makes quite a difference for such a time consuming recipe. And it looks just beautiful. It's nice to serve something that is special and attractive for the holidays.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You're welcome, Tony. Let me know if you make it.

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my! This looks too good to be true! Thanks for this awesome recipe.

      Love and peace


    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I haven't made them in a while either. My favorite are dessert crepes. I like a cheesy cream filling with a raspberry coulis over the top. You know they freeze really well. I'm thinking maybe I'll make a stack and freeze them for the holidays.

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      I haven't made crepes in such a while and that reminds me how delicious they are. Thanks for a great recipe to try out soon!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You're very welcome. If you ever get the urge to make them can freeze them if you stacks, with wax paper in between. They'll keep forever.

    • SweetiePie profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I made crepes a few times back in high school when I was taking French as our teacher truly wanted us to learn about the culture. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      It does take some time to make, but it's really worth it.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Yum, this sounds delicious! So hard to keep away from the yummy recipes being shared in Hubpages during the Holidays. Have bookmarked this hub for future reference!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)