Crepes, dreams and time
My daughter liked to flick through my recipe books and kept dreaming about sweets and shaped biscuits (which I did not make). Life was busy and there was no time for anything but the basic. However, children have their own kind of artfulness. She joined my multipurpose secretary and waited for me with some recipe of a known book collection. The problem is that she always chose the most difficult ones.
One day, I just came back from work and saw both trying to shape some biscuits which demanded special forms that would shape them like the ones shown on the photography of the book. The pastry was ready. But she cried because she wanted biscuit dolls, stars and hearts. I was so impressed, and guilty I must say (the fate of mothers who work out) that I came home with a dozen of forms to cut biscuits on the next day.
I tell this story because I also had my dream recipes. One of them was “crepe Suzette”. I had a dream of making crepes Suzettes with the goal of achieving sighs at the dessert time! After having my children grown, I had more than enough time to make this recipe many and many times. Anyway, today I propose a wonderful crepe with a confection of Asian pears – which can be easily replaced by apples or any other kind of pear.
Crepes with Asian pears compote
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of butter
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
Blend all the ingredients and leave it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Grease a frying pan with butter and after heating it you can remove the excessive amount of grease with kitchen paper.
The target is to have a thin pastry, so the first times will be for you to test the right amount of liquid pastry you will use for making one crepe. Put one scoop of liquid pastry and turn the frying pan (already heated) in order to spread it well.
If the pan gets too hot, you won’t be able to spread the pastry well and you will have to put more liquid. You should work from medium to low-heat. Whenever the pastry starts to get released on the edges, you can turn it. Leave the crepes aside.
Asian pears compote
2 Asian pears
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves.
Peel off the pears and cut them into small pieces. With the water, sugar and spices you can make syrup. Let it boil up it reaches a not very thin texture and then you add the pears. Do not cook too much because the pieces might melt (if it happens, you can smash them and have a purée from the fruit). Fill the crepes with the compote.
Finally they can be sprinkled with icing sugar or served with custard sauce (the recipe can also be found here at this address)
Place the crepes, the pear compote, the custard sauce and icing sugar on the table and your guests can build their own dessert. Lovely!