I’m a bit of a Francophile and this dessert is a firm family favourite made for all our special occasions. I quite often add Cointreau or Grand Marnier as additional flavouring to the vanilla bean. This recipe serves 8-10.
- ¼ litre milk
- 1 scant tablespoon sugar
- 125 g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 15g butter (melted)
- ½ litre milk
- 15 g plain flour
- 15 g cornflour
- 4 egg yolks
- 150 g sugar
- Vanilla bean
- 5 leaves gelatin
- 500 ml cream with 35% milk fat, whipped
- 1 punnet large strawberries; 2 punnets of small strawberries (this includes enough for coulis)
- 22-24 cm crepe pan
- 20 cm cake circle without a base
- Put flour into a bowl, and make a well in the centre.
- Break the eggs into the well, add a tiny pinch of salt and the sugar.
- Add some milk and start stirring the contents together, gradually breaking down the wall of flour, then beat in the remainder of the milk.
- Finally, add the melted butter and leave to rest for about an hour.
- Scald the milk with the vanilla bean.
- In a bowl stir together the egg yolks and sugar, then add the flour and cornflour.
- Delay with a little of the scalded milk, removing the vanilla bean, then return to the saucepan, add the gelatin and cook until thickened.
- Scrape out the vanilla bean and add to “pepper” the cream.
- Allow the cream to cool enough not to melt the whipped cream, but while still tepid, incorporate the whipped cream.
- This has transformed the crème patissiere into a crème Chiboust.
- Place the circle on a large serving platter, and place crepe in the base.
- Spread 1/3 of the crème Chiboust over the crepe, and dot with some cut strawberries.
- Add a second crepe and another 1/3 of the crème, dotted with strawberries, then a third crepe and a third layer of cream and strawberries.
- Top with the final crepe.
- Allow to set a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge.
- When ready, lift off the circle and decorate the top with the larger punnet of strawberries, sliced and place with a spiral pattering around the tope crepe.
- Use the remaining strawberries to make a puree, sweeten and serve as a coulis.
|Contributed by Christine of Ruby’s Quilts & More.
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