The lovely Huda asked for my help a couple of weeks ago. She wanted, nay needed, to learn to make Crepes Dentelle. Only one problem--I had never heard of them.
Now, I freely admit that a couple of people have asked me to try to figure out certain recipes, but for some reason my heart wasn't in them. Maybe because there were recipes out there for the dishes. Maybe I was just feeling lazy. I'm not sure what it was, but there you have it. I still feel guilty about one of them, and I might have to finally get around to doing it. But, that's another post.
Back to the crepes dentelle. They are ridiculously thin and buttery crispy rolled crepes. You're supposed to have them with tea or champagne, but after eating an entire box (it's easy, believe me), I can tell you they are also good leaning on your countertop or watching Criminal Minds. I'm just sayin'.
Rather that do all the experimentation behind the scenes where it's safe to mess up and then presenting Perfection with Fanfare and What Not, I decided that I'd pull back the curtain a bit for a peek at how I go about trying to figure stuff out. Sure, I made a few mistakes along the way, but hopefully I ended up making you feel better about experimenting.
The final recipe is written down in the video description, but here it is again, just in case you don't want to click on through to YouTube. You're welcome.
A Reasonable Facsimile of Crepes Dentelle
- 5 oz. warm whole milk
- 1 oz. cake flour
- .75 ounces melted butter, either clarified or a version with high butterfat content, such as Plugra
- .75 ounces sugar
- .25 oz egg white
- pinch of salt
- Blend everything up together in a blender.
- Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
- Spray with a bit of pan spray.
- Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of batter into the skillet. Clean up the edges, making a rectangle of batter.
- Let cook until nicely caramelized, and then roll up with an offset spatula or knife.
- Set aside to crisp up. Serve pretty close to immediately.
Enjoy them! I know Huda will. She has visions of her family bowing down before her. How awesome would that be? People rarely bow down before me, unless it's the guy at the shoe store!
Happy Thanksgiving, all!