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Overnight Chef: DIY Crepe Bar

For when you want to host your friends and sleep in at the same time
Easy Overnight Crepes
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Welcome to the Overnight Chef, a series where—for once—time is on our side when it comes to making use of the kitchen.

Brunch is a meal beloved by all (except for those who work in restaurants). Though most head out to neighborhood spots to get their fill of pancakes, eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas, I implore you to host at least one brunch at home. You might think it involves days of your life and dirtying every dish in your kitchen, but it doesn't need to be that complicated to be great.

When hosting any meal, the key to success is getting as much prep work done ahead of time as possible. (That's where I come in.) Instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to wield sharp objects while half asleep, do most of the heavy lifting before your alarm goes off. Then you'll have a stress-free brunch with friends to look forward to. One way to do that is by creating a limited number of dishes that are straightforward to prepare but still big on flavor, like a menu of crepes, peach butter, and charred peach rosé sangria.

To get started, grab some peaches and get to work on a slow cooker peach butter. The spread cooks through the night, perfuming your dreams with scents of stone fruit, pink peppercorns and unicorns. Assuming you're able to sleep through delicious smells wafting through your nostrils, you'll want to guzzle this peach butter by the bucketful at first light. Serve it alongside crepes, fresh fruit and whipped cream for a DIY crepe bar. Crepes are the perfect vessel for this overnight brunch party, because the batter needs to be made the night before to sit anyway, so you and it can both rest through the night.

Need something to sip on to get the good vibes flowing and wake up your brunch guests? Charred peach rosé sangria is perfect for day drinking, because it's both boozy and refreshing—the ideal combo for imbibing before the sun goes down. Grill the fruit and throw it all in a pitcher with the alcohol before you head to bed, and your friends will think you're a bartending wizard.

Come the morning, all you really need to worry about is cooking the crepes themselves. Make whoever shows up first the person responsible for manning the skillet. Just make sure they haven't had too many glasses of sangria before hopping behind the stove—you don't want to have to call an ambulance.

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