DELIGHTFUL FRENCH CRÊPES

Posted by Carole

Last week, my boyfriend had one of those difficult days at work and I could feel is frustration and disappointment as we exchanged a few messages on WhatsApp during his lunch break. He had spent hours in counter-productive meetings with people going back on their promises and he just felt like all the hard work he had done over the past few weeks was pointless and leading nowhere. Pretty depressing feeling everyone who as ever mingle with the corporate world knows too well!

I really wanted to do something to help him feel better but wasn’t sure what could brighten up his day until I told him I was going to cook him French crêpes for dinner. A simple suggestion that came to my mind out of nowhere but that worked wonder! His mood completely turned from sadness to excitation, just like a kid who got told he was going on holiday at Disneyland!

I know he loves French crêpes but I didn’t expect him to react this positively however when I think about it, it makes total sense! In France, sugary crêpes are associated with childhood, celebration and rewarding good behaviour. Kids love the taste and smell of crêpes and love even more to fill their crêpes with the sugary condiments and jams of their choice – chocolate paste is always THE favourite though!

So today I want to give you a very simple recipe for sugary French crêpes so you can too delight and/or lift the mood of your loved ones when they are in need of some TLC.

Ingredients for 18 medium sized crêpes

  • 100 g of plain flour
  • 2 table spoons of cornstarch
  • 2 table spoons of casted sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 1 sachet of baking powder
  • 2 table spoons of sunflower oil (use a tasteless oil)
  • 60 g of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 glasses of water or semi-skimmed milk
  • A pinch of salt

In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder.

Form a hole in the middle of the bowl and add the salt, oil, casted and vanilla sugar and the eggs.

Pour a small quantity of water or milk on top and gently incorporate the flour, cornstarch and baking powder to the other ingredients using the tips of your fingers. Keep adding water or milk in small quantities until the preparation is smooth and liquid enough to be poured in a pan – the preparation should be quite liquid as French crêpes should be very thin, contrary to pancakes!

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Cover the bowl with a towel and reserve for one to two hours.

Heat a frying pan (there are pans specially made for this purpose but the thinner it is, the better) and add a small knob of butter. When hot, pour some of the preparation into the pan making sure it covers the entire surface in a thin layer (remember the thinner, the better!)

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Using a spatula, gently lift your crêpe to check if it looks nice and golden on the down side then flip it over to cook the other side.

Add a small knob of butter to your frying pan between each crêpe.

Serve your crêpes hot and offer a selection of sugary condiments to your guests such as

  • Chocolate paste
  • Jams
  • Caster sugar and lemon juice
  • Salted butter and caramel
  • Freshly cut fruits (kiwi fruit, orange, apple, banana)
  • Mapple syrup

Tip: You can replace the baking powder + water or milk by two glasses of bier!

Thank you for reading and Bon Appétit!

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Floating Island… a light bite!

Posted by Corine

If you are looking for a delicious and light on the stomach pudding, this French classic dessert is the perfect way to treat your family and friends this summer. It is very easy to prepare and it requires very few ingredients which is always a plus. The dessert consists of snow eggs floating on crème anglaise, drizzled with caramel… just delicious!

What do you need for 8 people? 

1 litre of semi skimmed milk ; 2 vanilla pods ; 8 eggs ; 350 g of sugar ; salt

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How to proceed? 

Step 1. Prepare your crème anglaise (or English cream)

  • Split the vanilla beans in half. Heat them with milk in a saucepan over a medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Take off the heat and remove the vanilla beans.
  • Beat the 8 egg yolks and 150 g sugar together for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly pour the hot milk mixture onto the eggs and sugar. As you do not want your eggs to start cooking, make sure to pour the milk slowly and a little at a time. Carry on whisking until smooth and creamy.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan over a medium heat and stir continuously for 4-5 minutes or as soon as the foam disappears from the surface.

  • Pass the mixture through a sieve, leave to cool and then refrigerate.

 

Step 2. Prepare the snow eggs

  • Whisk 8 egg whites lightly with a pinch of salt.
  • Once the egg white is firm, pour 140 g of sugar and whisk for 1 minute.
  • Pour 5 cm of water in a large frying pan. Using two table spoons, quenelle the snow eggs and poach them in the hot water (make sure the snow eggs are not touching each other!)
  • Cook for 2 minutes, turn them over and leave to cook for another 1 minute, remove and drain gently.

Step 3. Prepare your caramel

  • Only prepare your caramel when you are ready to serve!  
  • Heat 60 g sugar with 1 tsp. Water in a saucepan.
  • Let the caramel brown.
  • Remove immediately from the heat to ensure the caramel does not burn and place the saucepan on a cold surface.

Step. 4 Plate your dessert

  • Gently place your floating islands on serving bowls generously filled with the English cream and pour the caramel into thin fillets on top of them. 
  • Feel free to add some roasted almonds or some dessicated coconut for some extra crunch.
  • If you have children at the table, add some cute and fun rainbow sprinkles… they will love it!

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Velvety Chocolate Mousse

Posted by Carole

Pleasure is good for the mood and the body and we should allow ourselves to enjoy things we like on regular basis even if it’s a yummy dessert that is not necessarily good for our figure. Can you imagine a life where you only eat chia seeds, salad and an apple for desert? I personally can’t and don’t even want to! So today I’ll give you a recipe for one dreamy chocolatey dessert: a Chocolate Mousse, which has nothing to do with a buy-it-ready mousse!

Indeed, if you’re going to indulge in a dessert you’d better prepare it yourself and here’s why

  1. There will only be natural ingredients in your recipe making it a much healthier option
  2. You’ll be able to control the amount of fat and sugar in your preparation
  3. You’ll feel proud about yourself and will make your entourage happy and grateful
  4. Last but not least, your dessert will taste so much better, I guarantee you that!

I also need to add that this chocolate mousse is a very easy and quick dessert to prepare (15 minutes max), like any other recipes suggested on this blog because we’re all about enjoyment and pleasure!

Ingredients for 4 portions

  • 75 g of dark chocolate
  • 75 g of caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Heat a pan on low heat and add the chocolate and 2 table spoons of water. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted and smooth then remove from the heat.
  2. Separate the egg yolks and egg whites and reserve.
  3. Add the egg yolks one by one to the melted chocolate and keep whisking until the preparation is smooth and velvety.
  4. In a large bowl add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk until they form stiff peaks.
  5. When the egg whites are very firm, add the sugar and gently blend then add the chocolate and mix carefully to keep the firmness of the whisked egg whites intact.
  6. Place in the refrigerator before eating as the mousse is best served cold!

Tip: Use a syphon to give a cloud-like texture to your mousse or serve as is if you enjoy your mousse creamy and unctuous.

Tip 2: Add half of shot of expresso to your preparation to enhance the chocolatey flavor or the zest of an orange for a fruity kick!

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