Wednesday, October 14, 2009

If you can make pancakes....Classic Crepes

One Recipe--a few ingredients--endless adaptations and they're all elegant. This week, Capri Flavors Chef Titina is teaching students one of her most versatile techniques--how to make crepes.

If you're already intimidated, stop. Lets translate. Crepes are simply pancakes and we all learned to make pancakes as kids, right? Well, Crepes are just thin pancakes. Titina makes them with flour, milk and eggs and a little oil. For the savory version-- a delicious part of her Parma menu--filled with ham and cheese--she adds chopped parsley to the batter. But the beauty of crepes is that you can fill them with anything. For a sweet breakfast or desert treat, try fresh or frozen (thawed) berries on top of a little Nutella folded inside your crepe. But buy your Nutella from Capri Flavors (There's a new shipment arriving from Italy next month) The imported version of this super-popular chocolate and hazelnut spread doesn't taste over-sweet and has no palm oil like it's American cousin.

Don't forget to let the batter rest for 15 minutes. And use a good non-stick pan for your pancakes.

Here's the rest of this week's cooking class menu, followed by the Cheese and Ham Crepe recipe.
It's so popular it was featuring in an earlier posting. So click this link for more information about the recipe and its ingredients.

Parma Menu
Crespelle al Formaggio e Prosciutto (Cheese and Ham Crepes)
Aragosta al Balsamico (Lobster in Balsamic Sauce)
Melenzane alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan)
Torta di Capri al limoncello (Capri Cake with Lemoncello)

RECIPE: Crespelle al Formaggio e Prosciutto (Cheese and Ham Crepes)


For the batter:
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup milk
½cup parsley chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

For the Bechamel Sauce:
5 Tbsp butter
3 cups milk
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour

For the Filling:
1 lb. Of mixed cheeses (Provolone, Fontina, Asiago)
1 lb. chopped mozzarella
½lb. prosciutto cotto (ham) chopped

Serves:8; Preparation Time: 35 minutes: Cooking time: 15 minutes;
Difficulty: medium
To make the batter mix the flour with the eggs, a pinch of salt, the olive oil, milk, chopped parsley and leave to stand for at least 15 minutes

To make the Bechamel
Melt the butter, add the flour, stir in the milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt.
Melt a little butter in a non-stick shallow pan and make thin pancake with the batter.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cheese, prosciutto and béchamel mix well. Spread the pancakes with 2 Tbsp of filling and roll them up, and into pieces approximately 1to 2 inches long. Grease a soufflé dish and lay the pieces of pancake in it. Bake in a preheated oven at 300 Degrees F for 15 minutes.

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