Friday, August 13, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Would you like a shmoke und a pancake? 

A what? 

A shmoke und a pancake.  You know, a flapjack und a shigarette?  No?  Shigar und a waffle?  No?  Pipe und a crepe?  No?  Bong und a blintz?  No?  Well, then there ish no pleashing you.

Goldmember is one of the few three-quels (if you can even call it that) that, in my opinion, was just as good as the first two.  I'm sure a fourth installment would've been mildly successful at the box office but the producer or movie investor guy or whoever made that call was smart to quit while ahead.  Too bad the folks over at The Fast and the Furious didn't get the memo...

Anyway, it was FFYN (Fend For Yourself Night) at the Berry household.  I look forward to these nights.  I cherish these nights.  99% of the time, FFYN results in me drinking beer and eating cereal for dinner and I don't feel like a jerk for subjecting Mike to such a reckless meal choice.

I decided to step up my dinner gameplan and make something that involved more than a bowl, a spoon and shredded wheat. 

Recipe by Dave Lieberman

Here's what you'll need:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon melted butter, plus more for pan
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt.  Slowly whisk in the milk.

Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each one.

Add the sugar, melted butter and vanilla.  Give it one more good whisking.

Cover the bowl and let it chill in the fridge for an hour while you do dishes, feed the 4-legged children, play Sudoku, dislodge bits of fuzz from the vacuum filter with a toothpick, etc.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add a little bit of butter to coat the surface.

Ladle 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and rotate it so that it coats the pan.  The layer will be very thin, almost transparent...that's what we want!

Unfortunately, my pan pictures turned out hideous.  Really, they are BAD.


The horror cannot be unseen.

Anyway, let it sit and cook for 1 minute, until the edges start to look a little dry.  Flip the crepe and let it cook for another minute or so.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

When your crepes are done, doll 'em up!  Jam, agave syrup, powdered sugar, Nutella...whatever your sweet tooth desires.

I went with bananas, peanut butter, a drizzle of honey, powdered sugar and cinnamon.  

I wasn't playing around.

I love (what I call) the "Ice Cream Sundae" versatility of crepes.  They're so ridiculously easy to prepare and, the best part, you can customize them however you want with different fillings, toppings and general awesomeness.

Get in my belly.

The weekend's here, people.  Make it a happy one.


  1. Crepes. What a great idea. Gonna have to make them now! I love your choice of fillings. Yum!

  2. Ali, girl you are fearless. Crepes, like yeast, frighten the bejeebus outta me.

  3. Ali, you should try some savory crepes. Play with combos of goat cheese, carmelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, roasted chicken, etc.

  4. Alwayzbaking - you really can't go wrong with PB and bananer :)

    Wendi - I was the same way about crepes for the longest time. I've never had a "proper" crepe (like from a French restaurant) so I don't have any to compare them to. I can, however, vouch for their deliciousness.

    Jami - wow, that sounds incredible - maybe some spinach...or bacon. And it would make me feel less guilty next FFYN.

  5. Your pictures look amazing! Oh man, I want a crepe!

  6. Love love love crepes, easily one of my favorite foods ever. I need more of them in my life. And in my belly.

  7. Margie - thanks ladyfriend. Maybe I *have* learned something in my photography class...

    Liam - steakhouse crepe!

  8. Mmmm, crepes... yes I want these. And can I make it like a sunday please? :)

  9. I love crepes, but have never made my own. Yours look so, so great!

  10. Wasn't Goldmember the 3rd? (The Spy Who Shagged Me was the sequel?) In any case, have to confess I'm Dutch and we eat pancakes for dinner all the time! Pannenkoek is like sweet or savoury crepes but you saute the goodies in the pan then pour the batter overtop. Apples and cinnamon, or bacon and mushrooms are my personal favourites :)
    To make crepes a little less scary (and easy!) check out the blender recipe at

  11. Thanks ladies!

    Melinda - Pannenkoek sounds delicious! I love how you saute the filling first then pour on the batter...yum. Oh and you're right: it WAS the 3rd in the series! Edit in progress...

  12. From Matthew: "Auntie Aleeeee, can you come over to mommy's house and make me some crepes for dinnahhhh?"

    From Benny: "Hi Auntie Ali. *hug* Where's Uncle Mike? I wanna go to Fire Works."

    From Kate: "Hey Auntie Ali. What IS that? Hmm, well it looks good." *bangs over eyes, listening to iPod*

  13. The Austin Powers movie Goldmember was definitely my favorite.