Serve with the Roasted Rhubarb and Lemon Cream.
2. Put the milk, eggs, almond paste, sugar, orange zest, and salt into a blender. Whiz for a few seconds to blend everything together, and then carefully remove the lid and add the flour and almond meal. Cover and blend until very smooth, about 30 seconds. Remove the lid, pour in the brown butter, cover, and whiz until combined, 20 seconds more.
3. Transfer the batter to a large glass measuring cup with a spout (or a bowl that's large enough to easily dip a 1/4-cup/60-ml measuring cup into). Let the batter rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. When you're ready to make the crepes, give the batter a stir and test its consistency; if it has gotten too thick, stir in a little milk or water.
4. Heat an 8-inch/20-cm crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it's hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle upon contact. Using a folded paper towel, spread about 1/2 teaspoon butter around the interior of the pan. The butter should sizzle upon contact but not instantly turn brown. You don't want the pan to be so hot that the butter burns.
5. Pour about 1/4 cup/60 ml of the batter into the center of the pan, and at the same time lift the pan from the heat, tilting and turning it in all directions so the batter spreads evenly across the bottom of the pan in a thin circle. If the crepe has any holes in it, quickly add a few drops of batter to fill them in. Or, if you have too much batter and the crepe looks too thick, immediately pour the excess back into the measuring cup or bowl of batter. You can always trim off the "tail" that's left behind later.
6. Cook the crepe until the edges begin to dry and lift from the sides of the pan, and the bottom is nicely browned, about 1 minute. To check for color, use a table knife, slim offset spatula, or your fingers to lift up the crepe and quickly flip it over. Smooth out any folded edges or pleats, and then cook until the center is firm and the second side is browned, too, about 30 seconds more. The first side is almost always much prettier and more evenly browned (in these recipes, we'll call that the presentation side), while the second side tends to be more spotty.
7. Slide the crepe from the pan onto a large plate or cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat and wiping the pan with more butter as you cook. You can stack the crepes on the plate as they're done. If you're going to store them in the freezer, lay pieces of waxed or parchment paper between them so they don't stick together. To keep in the fridge, just stack them neatly; no need for the paper separators. (Keep the stacks small if you usually cook for a few people, or make the stack larger if you find yourself cooking for a crowd most nights.) The crepes will soften as they cool.
To store, wrap the stack in plastic wrap, and then slide it into a large zip-top freezer bag. The crepes will keep in the fridge like this for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
To thaw, let the stack sit at room temperature until the crepes are pliable, about an hour, and then peel them apart and proceed with your recipe.
Reprinted from of Crepes: 50 Savory and Sweet Recipes by Martha Holmberg (Chronicle Books LLC, 2012). Copyright © 2012 by Martha Holmberg. Photographs copyright © 2012 by James Baigrie. All rights reserved. Used with permission of the publisher.
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