Crèpes Belle Hélène

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In Paris in the 1860, a joyful opera named “The Beautiful Helen” was a real success… everybody loved it at the point that some inspired chefs, created a dessert for the opera amateurs and everybody else called Poires Belle Hélène. Pears were poached in pear brandy and covered with melting chocolate… delicieux!!!
Here the crèpe version brings a base to the pears and chocolate, still keeping the soft, delicate taste of the original recipe!
Delizie, melting in your mouth!

Ingredients: yield 18-20 crèpes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch teaspoon salt
  • butter melted around 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil

How you make it:

  • In a large mixing bowl, pour flour and eggs. Using a electric hand mixer or a mixer , start by whisking the mixture only when gradually adding the milk slowly .Whisk well, very well, add the salt and butter/oil continue beating with an electric beater if possible till the batter becomes very smooth.
  • Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour up 1 to overnight, allowing all ingredients to combine.
  • Heat at medium high temperature a round heavy bottom medium skillet, spray with butter/oil or grease it using a thick kitchen paper towel – grease well all surface, pan should be hot when starting. Use a long metallic spatula, well greased  to flip the crepe.
  • Pour 1/4 of a cup or about 1/2 a ladle of batter, tilt the pan so the batter swirls evenly and covers the surface, cook about 2 minutes. when the crèpe surface is equally cooked gently flip it, using a long metallic spatula, cook 1 or 2 more minutes. Repeat, making sure that your pan is always well greased, hot not burning, so is the spatula.
  • Stack your crèpes on a large plate, when done, cover with a paper towel or towel to keep it soft and moist.
  • This batter can be used for savory or sweet crepes…. Let your creativity go wild !!!!

Ingredients: pears filling

  • 3 pears sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of Brandy
  • sugar
  • chocolate sauce, (homemade or store bought)

How you make it:

  • Slice the pears ahead, in thin slices, in a well greased pan with melting butter skillet, sautè briefly pears.
  • Add 2 tabs of sugar and less of 1/4 of brandy, Cointreau , Cognac or any matching fruit liqueur, let evaporate for 2 more minutes. Reserve.
  • Finally, using the same crèpes skillet, well greased again with a teaspoon of butter, at low heat, add 1 crèpe. On the lower side add some pears slices, fold the other side over (like in a omelet). Warm it up and if possible turn it once…
  • Serve on plate, pour some chocolate sauce swirls, add whipping cream and/or 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Eat immediately, delights, delizie, melting in your mouth!

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