Asperge Pannekoek – South African Asparagus Crepes

I recently came back from a business trip to South Africa, where I tried lots of really great South African food, and just had to buy a cookbook before I left, to give me some ideas to try at home. I was torn between a choice of two South African cookbooks, but in the end I choose the one written in English, the other being in Afrikaans.

The book I bought was ‘South Africa Eats’ by Phillippa Cheifitz, which won the ‘Best Culinary History Book’. Like South Africa itself, this cookbook, is a collection of the various cuisines that make up the country introduced by the various immigrants over the years, including the Dutch Afrikaans, Jews, Greeks, Italians, Indians, Indonesians, British, etc.

Since making crepes the other week I wanted to try this obviously Dutch influenced dish of asparagus crepes, or asperge pannekoek in Afrikaans. It is quite a simple dish of savoury parsley crepes, cooked asparagus and cheese, baked in the oven. They would great for a simple light lunch or starter as well as an addition to a main meal.

Asparagus Crepes and steak

Asparagus Crepes served with Steak au Poivre

Asperge Pannekoek


  • 8 plain parsley crepes (See Crepe Recipe)
  • 250g (8oz) of cream cheese
  • 24 stems of asparagus, cooked
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 tbsp of single cream (half and half)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


First make the crepes using this Crepe Recipe, but before cooking them add a handful of chopped parsley to the mix.

Parsley Crepe Batter

Parsley Crepe Batter

Take a spoon of cream cheese and smear it over a crepe. Place 3 spears of asparagus in the middle of the crepe and tear of some pieces of mozzarella over the asparagus. Add some salt and pepper.
Making the asparagus crepes

Roll up the crepes and place it in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle the cream over the crepes and then add some shaved  parmesan cheese.

Asparagus Crepes ready for the oven

Asparagus Crepes ready for the oven

Bake in a 200C (400F) oven for about 15mins until the crepes start to become golden brown and then serve.



    • Coco on July 13, 2012 at 11:50 am
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    Those could be a meal by themselves. They look delicious.

      • Emily on July 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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      Thanks. They certainly were delicious, even I do say so myself. I think 2 are enough as a side dish or small appetizer, but you are right, a few more of these and it would make a meal

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