Recently I went to brunch with my family and ordered some amazing cheese and berry crepes. Ever since, I have been searching for a reason to make my own version and this week I've finally found one: Mother's Day! I'm whipping up a super special brunch for my mama, complete with a homemade card, fruit salad, and egg sandwich (my mom's an old fashioned kind of girl and likes her food simple and scrumptious). I've already covered the savory section of the breakfast and while the fruit is slightly sweetened, I want a decadent finish. Crepes filled with a sweet marscarpone cream cheese mixture, topped with a bright strawberry sauce, will be a perfectly sweet ending to the meal. You know the drill: for the recipe,

Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes
Modified from Emeril Lagasse

8 ounces mascarpone cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier liqueur
Pinch salt
12 crepes, recipe follows
1 pint blueberries
Strawberry Sauce, recipe follows
Confectioners' sugar, garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a large glass baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, zest, juice, Grand Marnier, and salt until smooth.
  3. Place the crepes flat on a work surface. One at a time, spoon 2 tablespoons of the filling down the center, and top with a few fresh strawberries. Roll the sides of the crepe up and over the filling and place in the baking dish, seam side down.
  4. Bake until the filling is warmed through and slightly puffed, 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the crepes and return to the oven and hot, 2 to 4 minutes.
  6. Remove and arrange 3 crepes on each of plates. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Strawberry Sauce:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 3/4 cups strawberries, picked over, chopped and rinsed
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water, orange juice, cornstarch, Grand Marnier, and orange zest, and stir well.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the strawberries and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the berries burst and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and remaining 1/4 cup of strawberries and stir until the butter is melted and the berries are warmed through, 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm until ready to use.

Makes 3 cups

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch salt
6 teaspoons melted unsalted butter

  1. Whisk together the flour, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, and 4 1/2 teaspoons of the butter to form a smooth, thin batter. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before proceeding.
  2. Heat a heavy 6-inch skillet or crepe pan over medium-high heat. When hot, brush with a light coating of the remaining butter.
  3. Ladle about 1/4 cup of crepe batter into the pan, tilting the skillet to evenly coat the pan with batter. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and the top begins to look dry, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Using a spatula, carefully turn the crepe and cook on the second side just until the bottom colors slightly, about 30 seconds.
  5. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.

To make ahead: when cool, layer between sheets of waxed paper and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.)

Makes 12 (6-inch) crepes.