Crepe Roses with Blood Oranges and Cardamom

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Ideally, everything I made would taste just as good as it looks. It can be tricky, though to make a gorgeous, special presentation that also tastes spectacular. (I bet you can guess how I feel about fondant.) So when I need to make a dish that is particularly pretty, I try to work with the visual qualities of a particular food, rather than trying to force it to look like something else. For a while, I've had a hunch that the pretty, irregular edges of crêpes might just make a lovely leaf or petal. Then I ran into a simple paper art technique for roses... put the two together and you get crêpe roses! They look complicated, but they’re really not difficult to make. And you won’t need lots of special equipment, either. If you have a non-stick or cast iron pan, a squeeze bottle (reused ketchup bottles work well), paper coffee filters and a sharp knife, you’re in business.  And the best part is that they are absolutely real food-- every bit as delicious as regular old round crepes. You can make a few flowers to decorate a serving of regular crepes or make a whole bouquet for your valentine. 

Obviously you don't need to make my recipe for sauce to make crêpe roses, but I think you'll want to. Pretty red blood oranges are in season and I think that the pink sauce looks stunning with the roses.The flavors in this dish were inspired by the classic crepes suzette. But my take is a bit lighter and brighter than its gloriously buttery grandparent. And I threw in some cardamom and orange flower water too, just because they are delicious.


For Serving:

3 small Blood Oranges


1 egg
3/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. milk
1 T. butter, melted
1 T sugar
pinch salt
the zest from 1 orange
1/2 t. orange flower water (optional)
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Cardamom Blood Orange Sauce:

2/3 c. blood orange juice, reserved from cutting the orange segments
3 cardamom pods
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. Butter


at least a dozen roses, serves 2-3
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Thanks for this idea. My girlfriend and me enjoyed all four of my rose-creations.
These look very yummy!
Ex Machina2 years ago
bajablue2 years ago
A dab of food coloring would really liven these up! Clever idea!!!
Cai2 years ago
genius way of presenting crepes. Beautiful. Inspiring. My stepdaughter loves crepes; I will be making them this way for her next time!
I included these as part of a three course dinner I made for my fiance last night. They were great! She loved them (how they tasted and looked), thanks for posting this!

I did run into a bit of a problem though. Even though I used four oranges, I did not have enough juice to make a decent amount of sauce. Is there a way to stretch the juice? I used a little water, but thought it might wash out the flavour. Any tips on that would be great!
Yum! I'm going to have to start making crepes :D The sauce sounds so good and those crepes are so cute!
Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. I may or may not have licked the last bit of sauce off my plate...