We were watching Little Miss Sunshine a couple of weeks ago and there was this scene where Olive (Abigail Breslin) ordered waffles a la mode (she pronounced it a la mo-dee). The waitress explained that it meant the waffles would be served with ice cream and her uncle went on to expound on the origin of the term a la mode. He said it is French and it meant “in fashion”, literally. The term was used to describe French dishes that were fashionable at certain points in history. The practice appeared in the U.S. in the 1920s in reference to apple pie served with a scoop of ice cream.
Any dessert can be served a la mode. In fact, anything can be served a la mode. I had a friend in college who ate her potato chips a la mode. Maybe it can be done with French fries as well although that may be a bit too extreme. Extremely fattening, that is. :razz:
Anyway, the crepes a la mode was just something I made last week after buying half a gallon on Magnolia’s dulce de leche ice cream (related article).
To make the crepes, beat two eggs in a bowl. Add a cup of pancake mix, a cup of milk and four to six tablespoonfuls of melted butter. Don’t use less melted butter unless you are not a fan of those brown maps that form on the surface of the crepes. I am, so, I use a lot of butter. If you use more than 6 tablespoonfuls though, the crepes will turn soggy.
Set the stove to medium and pre-heat a non-stick frying pan for about a minute. Pour in about 1/4 c. of the mixture, tilting the pan around to spread the batter evenly. When the crepe is nicely browned on one side — you may need to lift the dges occasionally to check — flip the crepe and cook the other side.
As each crepe cooks, lift with a spatula and transfer to a plate. While still warm, fold it in half and again in half to form a triangle. Place a scoop of ice cream — your favorite flavor — on top. Garnish with a whole cherry and serve at once.