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If you love your mom, then you will want to make her this on Sunday.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

You will also need to buy her pretty flowers.

I do not care how predictable they are, flowers are awesome and they can cheer even the the dreariest (or in our case, snowiest — yup, it’s happening again over here) days right up.

Buy her flowers.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

I think it is pretty obvious, but I am best friends with my mom. We have kind of a special bond because one, for sixteen years I was her only little girl. She had five boys and one girl…until she went for her seventh kid (my parents are crazy) and little Asher came into the picture.

Thanks for ruining it for me Asher.

Just kidding. We all know I love that little five-year old to death!

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

My mom wasnt always sure about me though. Nope, for the first hour or so of my life she was terrified of having a girl. Meaning she totally expected me to be her fourth boy, but since she has never once found out the sex of her kids it was a little bit of a shock when I came into the world. She says she was just unsure of how she felt about having a girl. Aww thanks, mom.

Thankfully she got over it and then she started trying to dress me in pink dresses and girly hats. I hated it, I wanted to be one of the boys. Boxers were my choice of underwear for longer than I care to admit. Somewhere down the road things switched and I got into clothes, but I can still hang with the boys – no problem.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

The second reason we are so close?

We have been through a lot of ups and down together. I can positively say, I would be nowhere, but lost without her. This is why every Mother’s Day instead buying her gifts she’ll probably return, I buy her flowers and make her breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course dessert. Yeah, I do the full day. Breakfast is always the best though.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Typically this meal would include chocolate, but this year I wanted to switch things up.

Crepes are probably one of my mom’s favorite foods. Normally I am all about crepes and chocolate, but I have really been inspired by color lately. Meaning I have come up with recipe ideas based on a color palate. No joke. I know it sounds a little crazy, but FYI, it is totally working.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

So I went with a non-chocolate crepe and added some ricotta like you would with a Blintz.

Actually, these are basically Blintzes that have been cooked like you would french toast. But they are better than french toast and better than Blintzes. So much better.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Everything can be prepared the night before, which makes things so much easier the next morning. And to be honest, they’re not even that much work. Especially if you break things up.

Also, you have to, have to, make some coconut whipped cream. It literally melts over the warm crepes, and combined with the strawberries it makes for one amazing bite.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Also, make her this drink.

Because every breakfast/brunch needs a good drink. My mom HAS to have hot chocolate every single morning. It is like her coffee, so on Mother’s Day she will get a little of both. Weird combo? Yeah, definitely, but it’s Mother’s Day and since mothers are the best, we have to go all out. Two drinks it is!

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

If your kids are just too young to make this for you, call in the best friend, the husband or if you have to, just make it yourself. Whatever you gotta do.

And if you’re not a mother and Mom is too far away 🙁  Well, enjoy the quiet (it’s never quiet here) and take some time to make this for just for YOU! You’ll thank yourself for a dang good breakfast. I mean, enjoy this time while you can, you know?

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 511 kcal

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Ingredients

Crepes

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk I use 2%
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour or regular flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Assembling

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 whole eggs divided
  • 1/2 lemon zest or more to your taste
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • pinch of salt
  • butter for the pan

Vanilla Stewed Strawberries

  • 3 cups strawberries quartered
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey depending on your tastes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean seed removed

For Serving

  • [coconut whipped cream | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/coffee-caramelized-croissant-french-toast-sticks/]
  • powdered sugar
  • fresh berries

Instructions

Crepes

  • Add butter to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until brown bits appear on the bottom, about 5-6 minutes, then immediately remove from heat and set aside. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add the browned butter and pulse for 30 seconds or until well combined. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours.
  • Heat a 12 inch non-stick pan. Add butter or cooking spray (I like to use cooking spray) to coat. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove to the cutting board. Lay them out flat so they can cool. Continue until all batter is gone. Makes about 10 crepes.

To assemble the French Toast Crepes

  • In a medium bowl stir together the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 egg, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. You may want to use a hand mixer for quicker mixing.
  • Lay a crepe flat on the counter and spread 1-2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture on the end 1/3 of the crepe. Roll the crepe up and place it in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining crepes and ricotta filling.
  • In a bowl whisk together the milk, 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, cinnamon (if using) and a pinch of salt. Pour the egg mixture over the crepes and turn the crepes so that all the egg mixture is covering the crepes. At this point, you can cover the dish and place it in the fridge overnight or continue on.
  • Melt 2 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2-4 crepes to the skillet. Cook until bottoms are deep brown, 2 to 3 minutes, turn and repeat on the other side. I turned my crepes about 3 times per crepe. Divide the French Toast Crepes among plates and serve with [coconut whipped cream | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/coffee-caramelized-croissant-french-toast-sticks/] and the vanilla stewed strawberries (below). Dust with powdered sugar and SERVE warm!

Vanilla Stewed Strawberries

  • Add the strawberries, honey, water and vanilla bean seeds + the reserved pod to a medium size sauce pot. Place the pot on the stove over medium high heat and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon scoop out the strawberries, leaving the liquid in the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil and boil until it reduces to about 1/3 or 1/4 cup. Turn the heat off and add the strawberries. Serve warm with the crepes.

Notes

*The crepes can be fully assembled and left in the egg mixture overnight. Just remove them from the fridge the next morning and let them sit for 15 minutes at room temp. Note that the crepes with be extra delicate because they will have soaked up so much of the egg mixture. If you are worried about them tearing (mine never did) you can refrigerate the the crepes and egg mixture separately overnight. *The vanilla stewed strawberries can be made a day in advance and reheated in the microwave or on the stove.

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes with Vanilla Stewed Strawberries | halfbakedharvest.com

I mean, just look at that. I can’t even handle the deliciousness.

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  1. this looks delish! I am thinking of making it to Easter brunch. I have creme fresh – do you think that would work instead of ricotta cheese? I know the creme fresh is thinner

    1. Hey Toni,
      I think creme fraiche would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This looks awesome! I would like to do for a brunch of 16…so frying them would be difficult…could you just bake them in the 13×9. I know you wouldn’t get that lovely browned look but the flavor would be there.

    1. Hey Diana,
      I am unsure of how these would turn out if you did not follow the recipe as is. I would recommend trying one of these recipes for a brunch crowd:
      https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/berry-and-cream-cheese-croissant-french-toast-bake/
      https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/baked-cinnamon-creme-brulee-french-toast-with-raspberry-preserves/
      https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/french-toast/
      Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    My 17 year old son made these for my Mother’s Day breakfast! Wow. So awesome and festive. Poor guy had stress over trying to whip the cartoned coconut milk, gave up and did regular whipped cream. I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen or to see the recipe so I couldn’t steer him in the right direction, lol. It was so delicious. Thanks for a great recipe with good instructions that he could follow.

    1. Aw that is so sweet! I am really glad this recipe turned out so well for you! I hope you had an amazing Mother’s Day! xTieghan

  4. FANTASTIC!!! These were amazing. In the filling I replaced sugar with maple syrup & omitted 2 egg whites to account for the extra liquid. Next time I’ll try refrigerating overnight & baking in the morning. Then we could all eat hot crepes together which never happens with a large family. Thank you for a great recipe

  5. I’m totally asking for this whole shebang next Mothers Day!!! Everything about it is seriously amazing! I adore how colorful all of the pictures are! Pinned! 🙂

  6. Such amazingly gorgeous pictures, Tieghan! I knew I had to make these when I saw them because my boyfriend loves crepes and I love french toast- perfect match! I used whole wheat flour and the mixture only made 5 crepes- much thicker than yours I think. So I only used half the ricotta mixture (saving the rest for stuffed french toast) and only made half the egg mixture (again saving for french toast). I topped mine with banana and mango because that’s what I had. Just another of your recipes that is not only beautiful but also so tasty! Thanks!

  7. OMG. This is a ridiculously cool idea!!! I mean, french toast crepes???? Sounds amazing!!

    Your relationship with your mother is so sweet! 🙂

  8. Your mom is a lucky lady – this breakfast is gorgeous and looks so delicious!!! And you are so right about flowers – I sent some to both my mom and my mother in law. Everyone loves getting flowers!!

  9. What a great post! Your photos are stunning, and that drink looks amazing. I kind of want to steal that bouquet. Your mom is one special lady. Pinning this!

  10. Gorgeous! Any momma would be lucky to get this tomorrow! And I love hearing about you and your Mom’s great relationship. There’s nothing like your mom. P.S. I totally love the blueberry on a stick for garnish, mental note to use that on future drink styling! 🙂

  11. Wow! The creativity of your dishes always amazes! These look so yummy! Your mom gets treated right for mothers day, good job!! = )

  12. I love that you have such a great relationship with your mom Tieghan. That’s so awesome. She deserves flowers and breakfast!! 🙂 I love these crepes, they’re so gorgeous!

  13. Ha! My husband is one of six boys with only one girl. I kind of love that brand of crazy. Happy Mother’s Day to your mom. She is definitely blessed.

    I love these crepes. The lemon ricotta is calling to me, and I am patiently waiting (ahem, not patiently at all) for strawberry season to come my way. Have a wonderful weekend, Teighan!

  14. Seriously the most perfect french toast crepes I have ever seen. I may not make them this Sunday, but they are for sure in my plans soon. Amazing pictures too, wow. Thanks!

  15. These are absolutely gorgeous, Tieghan! And these photos…I’m literally drooling over here! Your mom is one lucky lady!

  16. Such gorgeous crepes! Completely in love with the lemon ricotta filling and strawberry topping. Your mom is in for a treat!

  17. This is such a special Mother’s Day breakfast! I absolutelyyyyy LOVEEEE the fact that you made a french toast from ricotta filled crepes! THAT IS SHEER GENIUS! And that coconut whipped cream… I’m getting hungry just looking at it! You have got to be the best daughter EVER! 🙂

  18. What a sweet post and an amazing breakfast for an amazing mama! Like you and your mom, I’m best friends with mine, too! We’ve had our ups and downs and differences for sure (Aquarians and Taurans aren’t usually the best of friends) but we know that no matter what, we’ll always love each other dearly.

    This breakfast spread is incredible and I’m sure your mom will be wowed by it all!

  19. These crepes look nothing short of amazing! I love the strawberry and lemon combination, especially with that beautiful coconut cream. So perfect.

  20. Awww Tieghen looks like the best breakfast a mother could ask for! Such colorful setting and gorgeous photography!

  21. These are gorgeous! Your mom is a lucky lady getting these for breakfast on mothers day! These look great and I love that they can be split up for easier work.

  22. Sounds delicious! I have never made crepes, this looks like the perfect recipe to start…Gorgeous photos as always 🙂

  23. Good golly miss molly, these looks AWESOME! How completely gorgeous and perfect for Mother’s Day!

  24. What a lucky Mom! The array of pics from flowers to crepes is absolutely gorgeous! My daughter and I are very close too. She is 14 and I pray she will always be my best friend 🙂

    1. She will be! I do not think I could never not talk or at least text with my mom once a day!
      Thanks Liz!

  25. you make three meals for your mom?! you are putting us all to shame! these crepes are gorgeous though. i’ll be too far away from my mom but i’ll have to celebrate being a…. mom to the farm cats! just to eat these.

  26. What a nice story and I bet your mom will love all of it! It’s so sweet! The breakfast looks absolutely delicious and the flowers are such a wonderful color!

  27. Oh my goodness gracious… this is a feast fit for a queen! Totally gorgeous stack of French toast, Tieghan. I love the idea of doing it with crepes!

  28. These crepes are mind-blowing gorgeous! The strawberries, the filling, the crepes…gahh!! I want it all in front of my face right now. What an amazing Mother’s Day breakfast this would make! 🙂 pinned.

  29. Wow – I know what you’re saying about all the colors! These photos are great! Love that this can be made ahead – might just have to make this for Mother’s Day for me! Although my husband is the crepe master in the family – another winner here Tieghan!

  30. These may just be too beautiful to eat!!! I love your relationship with your Mom I’m extremely close with my Mom too. How great to have you take care of all of the cooking for the entire day..sounds like an awesome gift.

  31. So sweet! I was already planning on getting my mom flowers, but now I need to make her some of these crepes! Truly stunning photos!

  32. Hey, I just started getting into crepes… and I do love my mother, so I guess I know what I’m making her! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Ok. we are TOTAL brain twins. I posted a whipped lemon ricotta stuffed crepe with strawberry sauce on Monday! SUCH A GOOD COMBO. I LOVE that you added coconut whip though….I’m obsessed. And these photos? GORG. Pinned!

  34. Tieghan, these photos are so gorgeous! They look a little different from your usual photos (which are also beautiful)–it’s inspiring to see what you’ve done with the color wheel. I think I will have to try using one. Also, I would like to vanilla stew all the strawberries! Pinned.

  35. Yummy!!! Never would have thought you could make french toast with crepes.

    What is the difference in the juice in this picture and the one you say to make her this drink??