Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays - French Pancakes



Good Morning! I went on the wild side and created a savory dinner with Jaime's choice of French Crepes for our SMS weekend. Jaime's blog site, Good Eats and Sweet Treats, has the recipe for these delicious, tender, but not overly sweet crepes on her blog or we can say what we tell everyone every week . . . buy Melissa's cookbook!



My dish, if you are curious by now, is Julia Child's Timbale de Crepes (Molded French Pancakes) with a Crab creme filling and her lovely, packed full of butter, Bearnaise Sauce; but lets start with the crepes.


I used both my 10-inch and 6- inch crepe pans to assemble Julia's timbale. Melissa's crepe batter recipe is a good one. The batter swirled around and was thick enough to flip without the crepes being to soft and fragile.



I had plenty of batter to get all my crepes made.


Bought one Dungeness crab, of course we asked to have the nice lady clean said crab. My stomach does major flip flops cleaning out the crab butter.


The 10-inch crepes are cut in half and create the shape of our mold using a 1 1/2 quart mold. The smaller crepes are used for layers. The creme crab filling, using dry white wine, minced shallots, butter, milk, a little of my homemade clam juice stock, 1 egg yolk and 1/4 cup Swiss cheese is whipped together.
The Bearnaise sauce is assemble while the molded timbale bakes.



I inverted the French timbale onto a platter, layered on Bearnaise sauce and we are ready to slice into the mold, curious of how pretty this will turn out. My first time baking a mold timbale! Anticipation is so much fun.



Larry went to find wine to go with dinner and we did not have a decent white wine to accompany a seafood dish. While dinner was baking, he actually ran out and bought a nice Chardonnay.

I simply adore Julia child and the Movie Julia and Julie. That crazy Julia really knows how to make a mess in the kitchen to create the ultimate masterpiece! The dish turned out to be so good that, even completely full, we did not want to stop nibbling. Mastering the Art of French Cooking is truly an amazing adventure in the cooking world!

16 comments:

Stephanie said...

Wow! What a delicious sounding and creative take on this recipe. Wish I'd thought to make a dinner out of it! This one sounds outrageous!

Sweet and Savory said...

Shandy, what did you do? That is miraculous. You are the true cook with your creativity and presentation.

I don't eat shellfish. Any suggestions, what I could substitute? I would live to make this.

I am a big fan of savory over sweet even though I love sweets.

Nikki said...

i am in awe! that dish looks fantastic and the fact that you turned it into dinner is great - nicely done!
-nikki
www.makeandtakeblog.com

Tiff said...

This looks wonderful! Seriously YUM!!

Vicki said...

My heavens this looks good and I don't eat seafood!

Jaime said...

oooooh I love that you went savory! i thought about doing that too but ran out of time after making my sweet crepes! thanks for baking along w/me this week :)

Hanaâ said...

That is a master piece indeed. Beautiful!! And I love the movie, Julie & Julia. The other day it was on TV and I watched (again). Hubby came down and was like "what?? you're watching it again??". Haha.

I thought this week's crêpes were pretty good. Too bad I ran out of time. I had planned to make a sweet version of what you made: something called Mille Crêpres or Crêpes Layer Cake. You stack the crêpes and layer pastry cream in between. Yum! One of these days...

Gloria said...

Shandy! I love that you did a savory crepe dish. It looks so lucious, rich and delicious! I can only imagine how yummy it was. What a great hubby for running out to get wine. ;) This dish has a great wow factor! Definitely going to google this recipe. You rock Shandy!

Julie said...

Oh this is amazing! Wish I could have a piece! Beautiful and delicious. I love savory crepes.

margot said...

My goodness, that looks incredible! How fun that you managed to make dinner out of this recipe. We had savory crepes for dinner when I was growing up and it was such a treat.

Eliana said...

WOW- you really took this recipe over the to girl! Every last bit of this looks outstanding.

Chef E said...

Oh Shandy, hubby would go freakin nuts if I made this, so its on...

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