Italian Crespelle Pancakes

Serves 8
Total Time
45 Minutes
2 large British Lion eggs
75g of plain flour
Pinch of salt
200ml of milk
A little oil for frying
For the filling
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
350g of fresh leaf spinach, washed
250g tub of ricotta cheese
50g of finely grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
345g jar of ready-made tomato pasta sauce
Step 1

Place the flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl, add half the milk and whisk well until the mixture is lump free. Add the remaining milk and whisk again until smooth. Pour into a jug.

Step 2

Heat a 20cm/8in diameter non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe around the pan with a piece of kitchen paper. Pour a little of the batter into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter evenly over the base of the pan. Cook for two minutes or until the top is set and the base golden. Flip over using a spatula and cook for a further one to two minutes or until the base is golden. Make another seven pancakes in the same way and set aside.

Step 3

To make the filling: heat the oil in a medium pan, add the onion and sauté until soft - about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, then spinach and squash down into the pan. Cover with a lid and cook for four minutes or until the leaves are wilted.

Step 4

Tip the spinach into a sieve and press out the excess liquid. Tip into a bowl and mix in the ricotta, half the Parmesan, nutmeg and plenty of salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Lay the pancakes out on the work surface and divide the filling between them spooning it down the middle of each. Fold the sides over the filling, then roll up the pancakes. Place seam side down in an ovenproof dish.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Spoon the sauce over the top of the pancakes, spooning it in a line down the centre of the pancakes. Sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until piping hot and crisp. Serve hot with a crisp salad.

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