Strawberry Rhubarb Zinfandel Crepes

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

For the crepe batter:

About 3 ounces (85 grams) cake flour

About 3 ounces (85 grams) bread flour

About 1.5 ounces (43 grams) sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups milk

About 3 ounces (85 grams) melted butter

For the Strawberry Zinfandel syrup

3 pints strawberries, hulled

About 7 ounces (187 grams) sugar

1/2 whole nutmeg, crushed

About 11 ounces (300 ml) Zinfandel

About 6 cups (1.5 liter) water

About 7 ounces (75 g) fresh ginger

1 vanilla bean, split

For the rhubarb syrup:

1.5 pounds rhubarb, cut into large chunks

About 7 ounces (200 grams) sugar

For the rhubarb butter:

1/2 pound butter, room temperature

1/4 cup rhubarb syrup

For the sauteed strawberries:

3 pints strawberries, hulled and quartered

Some rhubarb butter

2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

Raspberry vinegar

For service:

Vanilla sugar

Crushed pink peppercorns

Ice cream

Directions

  1. For the crepes:
  2. In a bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients together. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Chill for 1 hour. Strain, if necessary.
  3. Add enough batter to a hot pan to thinly coat the bottom of the pan. Cook crepe for a minute or so or until the bottom of the crepe edges start to curl. Flip over and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove each crepe and stack on a plate. Set aside until ready to fill.
  4. For the Strawberry Zinfandel syrup:
  5. Add all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced about 3/4 of the way. Strain and then continue to reduce to a medium syrup.
  6. For the rhubarb syrup:
  7. Place the ingredients into a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced about 3/4. Strain and then continue to reduce to a heavy syrup.
  8. For the rhubarb butter:
  9. Place ingredients into a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle and cream until homogenous. This can alternately be done with a hand mixer.
  10. For the sauteed strawberries:
  11. Saute strawberries in a small amount of rhubarb butter until slightly soft. Add vanilla sugar. Deglaze with raspberry vinegar. Spread on sheet pan to cool.
  12. Fill crepes with some of the strawberry mixture and a little more rhubarb butter. Fold into quarters and place on sizzle platter, 3 at a time, dotted with a small amount of rhubarb butter.
  13. For service:
  14. Lay 1 crepe browned side down and smear with a bit of rhubarb butter. Spoon some of the sauteed strawberries down the center and fold the crepe over so it overlaps slightly. Sprinkle with some of the vanilla sugar and brown with a torch. Drizzle some of the Zinfandel syrup over, and sprinkle with pink peppercorns and strawberries. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
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