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Monday, April 6, 2015

Conference Crepes!


I make crepes three times a year: Christmas morning (continuing my dad's family tradition: he used to make them for our family of eight kids growing up--he was in the kitchen all Christmas morning), and during the April and October General Conference sessions.  I have been making these crepes long enough that it is time for me to retire the old recipe card.

Old recipe card / scroll down for new one
This is a pretty rich crepe batter. As far as my kids are concerned, crepes is the most special food I can possibly make, which is why I save them for special occasions.  They look forward to any time they get to indulge in this delicious French pastry.

My kids, April 2015 on Easter morning.  Mollie set up all her
Littlest Pet Shops, Calvin played with cars and trucks, and
Truman and Brigham organized Brigham's Harry Potter cards
while we listened to and watched the amazing conference addresses.
My favorite crepes from the April 2015 General Conference.
It was hard to choose favorites talks from this conference, but I
really loved "We'll Ascend Together" by Linda K. Burton, and



"Therefore They Hushed Their Fears," by Elder David A. Bednar
My nephew, Jamen, and son Truman on Sunday morning of
the October 2014 General Conference.  There were so many
amazing talks!  My favorite was definitely Elder Tad R. Callister's
"Parents: The Prime Gospel Teachers of Their Children."
6.5-year-old Mollie helping make crepes for the April 2014
session of General Conference.
Favorites from April 2014: If you prefer to partake of these messages a la carte, may I suggest "Grateful in Any Circumstances," which is all about how gratitude can help us get through our most difficult times.  "Protection From Pornography--A Christ-Centered Home" is a much-needed message about how to keep our children and homes safe from this devastating plague--Linda Reeves does a masterful job of helping mothers and fathers to know what is most important, and encourages them to let unimportant things go.  And "Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease" is one of many addresses from conference which directs men and women toward understanding how they can better become a disciple of our Savior, Jesus Christ--through relying on both the strengthening and enabling power of His Atonement.

My baby boy, Calvin, at 19 months, enjoying some
Nutella sans crepes during the April 2013 
General 
ConferenceMy favorite talks were Craig A
Cardon's
"The Savior Wants to Forgive," Rosemary
Wixom's
"The Words We Speak," and L. Whitney
Clayton's
"Marriage: Watch & Learn"
My son Truman helping with crepes in October 2012
Crepes from the October 2012 session.  My favorite talks were
President Uchtdorf's about having no regrets, and
President Eyring's about removing "pavilions" that can keep
us hidden from Heaven's blessings.

Twice each year, on the first Saturday and Sunday of April, and the first Saturday and Sunday of October, members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) do not have their regular 3-hour Sunday meetings.  Instead, we watch 4-5 different 2-hour sessions of General Conference, which is when the General Authorities of the church {including the prophet, his two counselors, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles} give prepared messages to the entire worldwide membership of the church.  These messages are broadcast throughout the world in many different languages via radio, satellite, and Internet.  The messages are always intended to uplift, inspire, encourage, and strengthen.  If you want to know what Mormons believe, there's really not a better way to find out than to hear what the leaders of the church are telling its members.  You can read past and present conference talks on the official church website here.

If YOU have favorite talks (past and present) from the General Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, please share them in the comments box below!  This post is going to get longer and longer, because I plan on adding my favorite talk or two each time I make "Conference Crepes."

These are the crepes I made for April 2012 General Conference
"And A Little Child Shall Lead Them" by President Boyd K. Packer
was my favorite talk.
During the October 2011 General Conference, my favorite talks
was Elder Scott's "The Power of Scripture"
Brigham in April 2011 (he's a strictly Nutella man)
My favorite talks were
Elder Scott's "The Eternal Blessings of  Marriage"
and Elder Bednar's "The Spirit of Revelation."
Conference Crepes October 2010, my favorite talk was
"Courageous Parenting", by Larry R. Lawrence
April 2010, and the talk that meant the most to me was entitled
"You Are My Hands" by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

October 2009, with my sweet 2-year-old Mollie
Elder Bednar's  "More Diligent and Concerned at Home" and
Elder Christofferson's "Moral Discipline" were my favorite talks.

You MUST chill the batter, or they won't crisp like they should.  I usually mix mine up the night before and put it in the fridge or out in the garage on top of my deep-freeze.

I didn't grow up with Nutella spread, but since my husband
introduced it to me, it's pretty much all I have on my crepes.
Get two (or even three) non-stick pans going and it
will take much less time to make a huge stack.


37 comments:

  1. We do crepes on Christmas Day too. But we fill with sausage & eggs, and top with flavored syrups (blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, etc...) all over. Yum!! =)

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    1. Heidi, I have yet to try savory crepes. I always want to, but then I realize that I'd rather eat them stuffed with decadent sweet things . . .

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  2. I've never tried chilling before. I love them with brown sugar and lemon juice - delish. But Nutella is indeed the ultimate.

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    1. You and Brian and your lemony-lemon desserts . . .

      I wonder if you have an authentic "French" recipe for crepes? And how does one pronounce "crepes" in French, Mademoiselle Gardunia?

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  3. I love crepes. I always was intimidated to make them, but once I tried I was hooked. Strawberries/sour cream/brown sugar. It is making me hungry. What conference talk have I been thinking about most? Two, actually. A Little Child Shall Lead Them and The Merciful Obtain Mercy. I think perhaps Pres. Packer is sometimes misunderstood. His talk revealed how tender he really is.

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    1. Marrianne, your toppings sound the most delicious of all! Can't wait to try them with sour cream and brown sugar! And I totally agree about President Packer. I think he has a great heart.

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  4. These crepes are the most delectable I have ever had! I love crepes and I also love conferance so what great piece of soul food for the body! I loved this last conferance and felt My soul get feed in abundance as i listened to a talk called "That the lost may be found" by M. Russell Ballard, I just feel like we live in a world today that makes it so easy to become lost, unhappy and given trials that make it difficult to stay grounded. He gave chilling statistics on divorce, families are being torn apart at high numbers! People (including myself)get so busy that they loose focus on what is truly important! He said "that the most important work we can do in this life is whithin the walls of our own home"...... He encourages us to pray, have faith in the lord jesus christ and He will Help us in our doings. What a Blessing it has been for me when i was lost and had heavy burdens that we can lift up our hearts to our Heavenly Father and be guided back to him.
    Thank you becca for this Yummy recipe and for this opportunnity to reflect on what i learned in conferance!

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    1. I always love hearing your sweet insights, my sweet sister!

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  5. My FAVE crepe filling is homemade lemon curd and berries: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries--they all taste great w/lemon. Lemon pudding does NOT work, it is not nearly tart enough! Lemon curd is really easy to make though and sooooo good!

    As for talks, this April conference my fave was Elder Scott's talk on personal revelation. He's given a variation of this talk before, and it seems like he must have an AMAZING relationship with the Lord, probably earned through a lot of agonizing suffering after losing his beloved wife. This gives me a ton of respect for Elder Scott & I've been enjoying trying out his revelation-seeking suggestions.

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    1. Elder Scott's are often my favorite, ever since my sister Bonnie told me he was her favorite speaker, way back when we were in high school. He is so tender and sincere, and I love knowing that anyone listening in Portuguese hears Elder Scott's voice, because he pre-records them in the language of his mission!

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  6. I have been searching for a crepe recipe- found it! Fave recent talk is Converted to His Gospel through His Church by Donald Hallstrom.

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    1. Yay, Jules! So glad you enjoy conference crepes with your littles! You are the best mommy I know!

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  7. LOVE crepes-- can't wait to try this recipe! I have a hard time picking favorite fillings for crepes, and I'm having a hard time picking a favorite GenCon talk for the same reason-- too many good options to pick from! I think one of my fav talks in recent years was Come What May and Love It by Elder Wirthlin. He was so great!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVNYhcYEwIE

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    1. Elder Wirthlin! Such a tender man. I am often surprised how much it affects me when a general authority passes away--but when their words have impacted your life, you can't help but feel close to them. Thanks for sharing, Faith!

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  8. Oh my gosh, crepes are such a dream--we've made them one time for Conference, but I forget until the day of. Great recipe!

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    1. I agree, my favorite Becca--crepes are a dream!

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  9. I had these amazing ricotta savory crepes that my sister made for me with her amazing crepe maker. So good and very different from the sweet crepes I have had.

    I would have to say that Young Women's conference was an amazing experience for me this year. I got to take my daughter to the conference center. Sister Dalton's talk was so inspiring-I haven't stopped thinking of it. She spoke of the young swimmer that lost sight of her goal and the coast in the fog, the crystals of the chandelier reflecting light, putting our shiney on, etc etc! The best bit was that Christ is the light of the world and that we need to hold up that light and be clean so that we can reflect it. You really should just read it :)

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    1. Yes, Ashlee, pass on the ricotta goodness! Sister Dalton is always so beautiful and inspiring--i can't think of her without thinking of VIRTUE (and the color gold--it's nice that she has such beautiful golden hair!). here's a link to her talk: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/now-is-the-time-to-arise-and-shine?lang=eng

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  10. Crepes! So yummy!

    Like a lot of others, I can't seem to pick a favorite talk. This was such a great conference! I do have a special affinity for Henry B. Eyring, though-- he always says something that touches my heart. I love his talk about challenges and endurance here: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/mountains-to-climb?lang=eng

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    1. Mountains to Climb was a favorite for so many this conference! President Eyring is a favorite of mine, too--I love how he can speak through his emotion, it is always very touching and sincere.

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  11. Mountains To Climb by Henry B. Eyring
    He explained things so perfectly that I couldn't help but want something difficult to occur so I could become a stronger person...not normal! Loved it!
    http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/mountains-to-climb?lang=eng

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    1. Yay, Shawna! I hope you don't get any extra trials, but I know you'll be able to face them if you do!

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  12. Leila introduced me to the simple addition of brown sugar and lemon juice. It tastes like lemon curd.

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    1. I'm going to give it a try, even though I am not overly fond of lemon desserts . . .

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  13. I love all kinds of toppings for crepes, but my number one is still good ole' Nutella! I'm excited to try this recipe. I would really love to master crepe-making, because I am basically always looking for an excuse to eat more Nutella.

    Speaking of conference, I was really touched this April by Ronald Rasband's talk "Special Lessons," which he focused on his little nephew Paxton, who was born with a rare chromosomal deletion, a genetic disorder that keeps him close to the hospital and requires a high amount of attention and worry from his parents.

    David is taking a class right now about studies in disabilities, and we have had a lot of discussions at home about the worth of souls as a result. When we were pregnant with Hollie and the doctor asked us if we wanted to take a blood test to see our baby might have a disorder that would qualify her for a "mercy abortion," David and I were really humbled and sad. We have a nephew with spina bifida--one of the disabilities that many parents choose to abort their babies to avoid. We can't imagine our family without Harris; he is hilarious, so loving, and loves his life and his family. I just want to post this quotation from Rasband's talk about his meditations on getting to know his grandson:

    "I was reminded of a familiar missionary scripture that took on new meaning: 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.'

    "I wept as I pondered the limitless love our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, have for each one of us, while learning in a powerful way what the worth of a soul is, both physically and spiritually, to God."

    The rest of the talk is found here: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/special-lessons?lang=eng

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    1. Emily, this comment is so sweet and so right on--thank you for sharing your favorite quote! Love you, girl!

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  14. I love you and your crepes!!!!!! Thanks for being so inspiring. My favorite talk was Larry Echohawk's. He is an old family friend, and it was my grandpa (Lee Pearson) who taught his family. I also really enjoyed Henry B. Eyring's.

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    1. Yay for the Idahoans who REPRESENT at conference! :)

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  15. Perfectly delicious crepes to warm the belly + perfect words to warm the soul=perfect combination! My favorite talk? "Of Regrets and Resolutions" by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, but is it really fair to choose just one favorite? They were all so comforting, enlightening, and encouraging - as always. Favorite musical number - a goosebumps-giving arrangement of "Love One Another" by the men's choir during the priesthood session.

    My favorite way to eat them is with LOTS of fresh berries and REAL whipped cream. My husband and children like to add powdered sugar and maple syrup for the perfect sugar high...No matter the (sickeningly sweet) combo, these crepes are the perfect addition to our 2 most favorite weekends of the year!!!

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    1. My friend who loves conference as much as I do! I am so glad you've added crepes to this sublime weekend for your family. Thank you for sharing your favorites and especially for the shout-out to the beautiful choir numbers--sometimes I look forward to downloading the music as much as the talks. My favorite conference number EVER is still an arrangement of "Come Follow Me" from April 2008--the alto part is so rich and gooey!
      https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2008/04?lang=eng&clang=ase

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  16. My favorite talk was Sister Dalton's talk about the Young (and old)women of the church. "Our daily contributions do matter because of Whose we are". Plus any talk that talks about vacuuming till your vacumm burns up is pretty cool (vacuuming is my favorite household job ever!)
    The only crepes I have ever had were Becca's Best Book Club Crepes so I can say without a doubt that they were the BEST! I liked the strawberry/whipped cream combo and also the Nutella. I really liked the picture of Calvin eating Nutella from the jar, but I probably won't be eating Nutella at the Renfroe's house for awhile.

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    1. The only crepes you ever HAD???!!! Brenda, I had no idea your life has been so sheltered. I'll have you eating sushi before you know it!

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  17. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Lord, I Believe." One of the most personally affecting talks I can remember hearing, ever. The day after Conference I had already downloaded it and listened to it two more times! To have someone (not just "someone," ELDER HOLLAND!) _finally_ tell me its ok that I sometimes have doubts and concerns about the Church, instead of making me feel like I must be an apostate devilspawn for questioning, was earth-shattering for me. And effective. Just that little bit of validation flooded my whole heart with the reassurance of all the Gospel aspects in which my faith IS strong.

    Now, if only I could have been eating CREPES while I listened...then it would have been a spiritually AND physically transcendent experience!

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    1. Haha! We'll have to spend conf weekend together sometimes--I'll make sure you experience is physically transcendent.

      Wow--great insight, as usual, Em. It's always inspiring to me to hear how different talks affected my friends. And how we individually tune in to the message that we each needed to hear most. Love it!

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  18. I loved tons of the talks, but my favorite was from President Monson. He talked about obedience and I love hearing stories of when he was a child. I love hearing that he was a normal kid that got in trouble and didn't always do the right thing (like burn up a bunch of weeds and let it get out of control) and yet he still ended up being the amazing man he is.

    We've adopted Becca's crepe recipe as ours and Abby loves them. My favorite way to eat them is with Nutella and banana inside and dutch honey on the outside.

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    1. Dutch honey? Mmmmmm . . . I must try it. This sounds like something my husband will love, too.

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    2. And I agree--it's nice to hear that these great men were once regular naughty little boys :).

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