Crepes fourees au Grand Marnier souffle

What’s best ? A crepe ? or a Grand Marnier Souffle ?

A crepe stuffed with Grand Marnier Souffle !!!! The French favorite Holiday of the Chandeleur is coming up February 2nd ( read more about it on the blog in a previous “recipe “post ) and you are just in time to master the art of crepe making ! Here are some tips from my kitchen .

I served mines with some home made Grand Marnier gelato ( just ad  Grand Marnier to a gelato cream base ) and it was the perfect hot , cold , fluffy and chewy texture …amazing and sure to blow your mind and your guest’s mind !

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This recipe will make 6 small individual crepes .  ( The ones on the photo were big : 11″ diameter and big enough for 2 people )

First you need to make the crepes . I use this shaker now because it is so convenient . No need to weigh anything . Milk , flour and eggs go in the shaker and the batter is done in 2 minutes …bullet proof , even my husband who does not cook is using it ! I flavor the batter with some vanilla and Grand Marnier . We sell the shakers at the shop and the magic crepe pans when we can ship some from France when we go .

Pour straight from the shaker with no lumps because it has a strainer inside . Butter the pan and cook on both sides . Reserve .

Make a pastry cream . This can be done in advance .

250 ml of milk , 3 egg yolks , 50 grams of granulated sugar ( about 3 1/2 Tbs) 15 grams ( 2 small tbsp ) of corn starch . 1/2  vanilla bean .

Mix the egg yolks with sugar and corn starch  . Ad the warm milk infused with the vanilla bean . Return to the pan and cook until it bubble mixing with a wooden spoon all the time ) . The boiling process smooth the pastry cream . Remove from heat and reserve with a plastic wrap covering the cream ( it has to touch the cream or this one will make a “skin”  ) You can keep in refrigerator for a couple of days .

Prepare the souffle batter just before to cook or it won’t rise so well .

Beat with an electric whisk 4 large egg whites with a pinch of salt . When getting firm , ad slowly 2 tbsp of sugar . and continue to beat until firm and shinny .

Incorporate gently the egg white mix into the pastry cream ( the cream cannot be hot , if you just made it . let it cool down at room temperature ) Do not over mix .

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Cook 10-12 mns in hot oven 375-400F  until fluffy . Do not open the oven or the souffle will flop .

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Sprinkle with confectioner sugar and serve immediately with the Grand Marnier gelato or home made “creme anglaise ” ( see below )  flavored with Grand Marnier . I made a little hole into the middle of the crepe and spoon a scoop of gelato that melted and worked like the sauce does when you eat a grand Marnier souffle. If you do not want alcohol you can serve this with vanilla gelato and  chocolate sauce .

Basic creme anglaise : It is almost the same principal as the pastry cream with the difference that this one cannot boil or it will curl .

4 egg yolks + 80 grams of sugar + 400 ml of warm milk. return to the pan and cook on low to medium low heat turning constantly with a wooden spoon until it coats the spoon ( this can takes around 10-13 mns ) Ad Grand Marnier to your liking ; I like about 40 ml

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Joyeux Noel !

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Christmas 1995…we were about to embark on this amazing journey ; realize our dream to open this  “Little French Store” AKA Maison en Provence and make San Diego our home .
Every Holiday , it hits us, how incredibly enriching this has been…so much more than we could have ever imagine ! We LOVE what we do and you give it all back to us !

During the Holidays , we get to see everybody ..all the regulars , the one we have not seen for years  the one who only comes at Christmas ..but always come then …It warms our hearts and make this time so special to us . Thanks for being this wonderful big family of clients and friends; for all the joy and support you give us . This is way more than just running a small business …it has been a life changing experience and we look forward to the next years to come …
 
Merry Christmas !
Pascal and Marielle
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Joyeux Noel and thanks for the support this Holiday Season !
Marielle , Alice, Connie and Yvonne
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It’s the Holidays and our favorite time of the year !

It took a village but our little shop has transformed into a glitter wonderland for the Holidays !

These ornaments are US made with real glass glitter from Germany …the sparkle is amazing and they get better with a softer patina look with time  .

Transform a simple package into something special with one of these on top , give your tree a little glam or decorate the house with a unique wreath and deers .

 

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Cute felt ornaments are flying out the door ! IMG_2707 (Large)IMG_2667 (Large)IMG_2664 (Large)IMG_2666 (Large)IMG_2708 (Large)

We sell as well traditional nativity figurines made in Aix en Provence in the South of France . These clay figures and hand made and hand painted . Come check out our set up in person . Kids love this scene that include not only the Holly family but an entire village set in the mid 1800 . We love to share this tradition and the stories behind each figurine …this is our Christmas tradition !

 

Bonne Fete maman !

Mission Hills Garden Walk is Saturday ! Perfect excuse to come in the neighborhood : Shop for Mother’s Day , have brunch …then walk it off !

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Entertaining season is just around the corner !

Melamine plates and platters are perfect for parties or outdoor picnics !

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The new dutch oven : lightweight ceramic coated aluminum, non stick and easy to clean …

For the modern mum ! Sets of 3 small individual ceramic are perfect for that French onion soup !

18268337_1622400131106770_171050070682171905_n.jpgSoft modal scarves in every colors …

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Everything is better when it’s pink ! Mother’s day gift basket idea…rose drawer liner , lotion and body oil, felt tote bag , lavender sachet and flower scented soaps …perfect gift checked !

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Flowers always looks their best on beautiful linens !