Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Crêpes for Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is that one day in the year when you can happily feast on pancakes and the like without any guilt. This year I've decided to make Crêpes rather the usual offerings. As I am not French I've brought in the big guns in the form of Monsieur Michel Roux and his book Eggs to help me with this endeavour - if his recipe doesn't work there's always Monsieur Bocuse*!

crêpes


Crêpes
[Makes 6]

60 grams plain flour
2 teaspoons icing sugar
200mls milk, approx
50mls cream
1 egg
pinch salt


Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl along with just a pinch of salt. Add the egg and whisk in a little of the milk to create a smooth paste - continue whisking as you add the cream and enough of the rest of the milk to form a runny batter. The actually amount of milk needed depends on the flour.

Cover and let this rest for a few hours.

When it comes time to cook the crêpes you can add a little flavouring to the batter, such as vanilla essence, lemon zest etc.

Each crepe used about a quarter of a cup of batter - it's important to have a well buttered (or oiled) hot pan and that the batter is thin enough to just form a skin over the surface of the pan. When you see the edges crisp and curl and the surface looks dry, flip the crêpe over and briefly cook to seal the surface.

Set the cooked crêpe aside and continue with the rest of the batter - separate the crêpes with greaseproof paper.

Crêpes with stewed Plums and Milk Ice Cream

I've served these crêpes filled with stewed plums and topped with a small scoop of my favourite Milk Ice cream.

Eat warm before the ice cream melts!

*the recipe worked perfectly - Monsieur Bocuse was not required!

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5 comments:

  1. Those crepes look amazing! The plum and milk ice cream sound like it would make for quite a treat

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  2. Funny, I made crepes for the first time yesterday---without even knowing it was Shrove Tuesday! :)

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  3. I have a crepe pan that definitely hasn't been getting enough use. I need to give these a try!

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  4. That crepe with the stewed plums and melting ice cram on top looks great!

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  5. Thanks Mike - they were thoroughly enjoyed, the only problem was that I didn't make enough!

    Serendipity CC!

    You owe it to your crepe pan Brilynn!

    Thanks Kevin!

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