Recipes

Cornmeal Crêpes with Strawberries, Mascarpone, and Rosemary

Casey Lane

The Tasting Kitchen Venice Beach - CA

Casey Lane made these delicious crêpes for his Beard House dinner in May of 2011.

Ingredients

Strawberry Conserva:
 
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry pectin
Cornmeal Crêpes:
 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for cooking crêpes
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
Mascarpone:
 
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch nutmeg

To serve:

  • Butter
  • Rosemary leaves from 1 stalk

Method

To make the strawberry conserva, place the strawberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a stainless steel pan. Bring to boil, then slowly whisk in the pectin. Cook just until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Refrigerate overnight.

To make the crêpes, melt the butter in a small pan. Continue to cook over low heat until the butter is light brown and has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and set aside.

Blend the milk and 5 tablespoons of the pastry flour in a food processer until smooth. Add the remaining flour, cornmeal, and salt and blend until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, blending after each addition. Slowly stream in the brown butter while blending. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

To cook the crêpes, heat a wide pan over medium-high heat. Melt a small amount of butter in the pan; swirl the pan so that the butter covers its entire surface. Pour a half cup of batter into the pan and swirl to form a thin crêpe. Cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large plate. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

Mix together the mascarpone, sugar, and nutmeg in a medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside.

Melt some butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the rosemary leaves and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the rosemary to a plate lined with paper towels.

Fill each crêpe with as much strawberry conserve as desired and fold. Top with a scoop of mascarpone and fried rosemary leaves.

Yield

6 to 8 servings