I have collected a stack of magazine pages with recipes that I want to make. This recipe has been calling to me since I first saw it in Gourmet last March. Tonight is the night, it is in the fridge waiting for the guests we have tonight to dig in. I am also working on a Beef Bourguignon from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I have a few DVDs of Julia Childs' old cooking shows, which are great, one of which is the Beef Bourguignon. Like she suggested I am making it ahead so all the flavors have time to blend. That is also the case for this Crepe Cake. So dinner should be easy and I will have plenty of time to be with my guests.
Grand Marnier Crepe Cake
Gourmet March 2008
serves 8 to 12
6 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
3 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup confectioners sugar, divided
2 tablespoons grated orange zest, divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon grand Marnier of Cointreau
Blend eggs, milk, 1/2 cup cream, and 1/2 tsp vanilla with flour, salt, 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, and 1 teaspoon zest in a blender until just smooth.
Brush a crepe pan or 10-inch nonstick skillet lightly with some melted butter, then heat over medium-high heat until hot. Pour in a scant 1/4 cup batter, immediately tilting and rotating skillet to coat bottom. Cook until underside is golden and top is just set, 15 to 45 seconds. Loosen edge of crepe with heatproof rubber spatula, then flip crepe over with your fingertips and cook 15 seconds more. Transfer to a plate. Continue making crepes, brushing skillet with butter each time and stacking on plate.
Beat remaining 2 1/2 cups cream, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cups confectioners sugar, 1 teaspoon zest, and Grand Marnier in a large deep bowl with an electric mixer until cream holds stiff peaks.
Center a crepe on a serving plate and spread with 1/4 cup cream. Continue stacking cremes and spreading with cream, ending with a crepe. Chill, covered, at least 4 hours and up to 24.