Tunnels of Love

Tunnels of Love

Tunnels of Love

Makes 8 Crepes

This recipe was originally created for “Emma Lea’s Magic Teapot”

and was published again in Emma Lea’s TeaZine, February 2009.


Crepe Batter:

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 pinch salt

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Vegetable oil


3-4 bananas

16–20 strawberries

Apricot Sauce:

1 cup of apricot jam

1/2 cup water


To Prepare Batter:

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and powdered sugar. Beat the egg and add milk and vanilla. Blend milk and egg mixture into flour.

Let sit, covered, for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking the crepes. This can be in the refrigerator or at room temperature if it is not too hot.

To Cook Crepes:

Heat small skillet over a moderate flame and add a few drops of vegetable oil to the pan for each crepe. Ladle a small quantity of the thin batter into the pan and shake or tip the pan to have it cover the entire bottom of the pan.

Cook each crepe quickly over moderate heat. Allow it to lightly brown on one side. Lift it gently with a fork or spatula and flip to cook the other side.

Crepes can be cooked prior to filling and set aside. If they are not overcooked, they will remain soft and can be rolled with the filling.

Prepare Filling:

Slice bananas into 1/2 inch round slices. Chop strawberries into small pieces. On top of each open crepe, create a row of banana rounds with spaces for the chopped strawberries.

Prepare Apricot Sauce:

Combine apricot jam and water in a small saucepan. Heat until the jam melts and is completely blended with the water. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Finishing the Tunnels of Love:

Pour a light covering of the apricot sauce over the top of the crepes. Heat the oven to 450 º F. Warm them in the oven until the apricot sauce begins to simmer. Serve immediately.


Crepes can also be cooked, filled and served immediately in most recipes. This is specifically written so that a child can help assemble the ‘tunnels’ and then the entire pan is baked for a short time to reheat the crepes and the topping.

  • The Emma Lea Books

Book Reviews

Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio
Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
This is a very special book about family traditions, bonding and growing up. The story of Emma Lea is delightful. If you like Fancy Nancy, you will love Emma Lea. ~ ~ ~ Jill Vanderwood
Oh, I do love these books. They are perfect for an afternoon read with a cuddly grandchild. Lots of information and the art work is enchanting. ~ ~ ~ Judy Wright
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!
This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi

Author, Babette Donaldson

Click & Hold To View Video
Join our TeaZine Community

powered by MailChimp!