Gâteau de Crêpes

Not to be confused with a Gato de Crepes, this cake is perfect as a dessert or for breakfast in bed. It’s basically a giant stack of pancakes and whipped cream, made fancy with the addition of liqueur, orange zest, and a little French panache.

Gâteau de Crêpes

Ingredients

Crepes

Mass Volume
Eggs 6 6
Milk, whole g 1 cup
Cream g 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract g 1/2 teaspoon
Flour g 1 cup
Salt g 1/4 teaspoon
Powdered sugar g 1/4 cup
Orange zest g 1 teaspoon
Butter g .

Cream

Mass Volume
Cream g 2 1/2 cups
Vanilla extract g 1/2 teaspoon
Powdered sugar g 3/4 cup
Orange zest g 1 teaspoon
Grand marnier, Cointreau, or Triple sec g 1 tablespoon
Instructions
  1. Mix the wet (eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, and orange zest) and dry (flour, salt, and sugar) ingredients in separate bowls before combining them. You can use a blender or a mixer or a whisk to combine them, but only stir until everything’s incorporated. A lump here or there never hurt anyone.OXXD+qjAQoqVKCxYvifhJA1-640x457
  2. To cook them, all you need is a nonstick skillet, butter, and a little finesse. Let your pan heat up to medium and then brush it with a little butter. Pour enough batter in to coat the bottom of the pan then immediately pick it up and swirl it around so that your crepe will be even. Once the bottom has cooked — you can peek the first few times until you get the hang of things — flip your crepe and let it cook for half a minute or so on the other side. If you’ve got more than one skillet, but those babies out. It takes a minute or two for the first side of each crepe to cook, so you’ve got plenty of time to start a second one while you wait.
  3. When you’ve cooked all your crepes, whip the cream until it it looks like, er, whipped cream. Fold in your vanilla, orange liqueur, and orange zest and only stir it until it’s juuuuust mixed or else you’ll overmix everything.OXXD+qjAQoqVKCxYvifhJA-1-640x213
  4. Now your ready to start stacking. Layer whipped cream and crepes until you’ve got a cake. Don’t forget to save your prettiest one for the top!

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