It was very cold in the kitchen as the power tripped last night so no under floor heating!!! I gather that this may have been caused by most of the French nation turning all and every form of electrical heating on to max to get through one of the chilliest night of late. We slept on regardless but awoke to 6 degrees in the kitchen...a little ridiculous but now the heating all up to speed again and my fingers have thawed out enough to type!!
'French Regional Cooking' which was first published in 1981. Anne was the founder of the celebrated 'La Varenne' cooking school in Paris.
I have also discovered while writing this piece Anne's later book 'The Country Cooking of France'.
which was Winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation International and Photography Book Awards.
I have ordered a get a copy and will review it at some stage soon...
Crepes Sucre / Dessert Pancakes...
adapted from 'French Regional Cooking by Anne Billan
250 gms plain flour
60 grams of sugar
pinch of salt
600 ml of milk
100 mls of water
75 gms of melted butter
1. Put the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix with a whisk. Add 400 ml of the milk and the eggs and whisk till smooth. Don't overdo it as it will make the mixture tough....
2. Stir in the melted butter, remaining 200 ml of milk and 100 ml of water and mix.
4. Using a crepe or frying pan brush with butter and pour a ladle full of mixture into the pan to cook...flip and then put into foil to keep warm while you repeat the process till all of the mixture is used up...makes between 12 and 16 crepes...