Purse Crêpes (Aumônières de Crêpes)

Purse Crêpes (Aumônières de Crêpes)

Purse Crêpes (Aumônières de Crêpes)

Beggar’s Purse Crêpes Aumônières

Purse Crêpes

Purse Crêpes (sometimes called a Beggar’s purse) are an ironic description for a crêpe-based dish given that these elegant, plump flavor packages allow for an extra cha-ching to that restaurant bill. For the home cooks, this food bling bling upgrades your status as a chef de maison and offers fun ways to showcase what is truly a “fast-slow food”. Purse crêpes are versatile and can be stuffed with savory or sweet ingredients.

Crêpe batter is easy to prepare (5 ingredients in 5 minutes)

After learning a couple simple tricks, crêpes are easy to make—see my take on crêpes.

Aumônières de Crêpes

My chefs in Paris had me adding some chopped chervil into the batter and calling the recipe Crêpes Celestine without any mention of the “purse” food styling. Celestine refers to in the style of and often includes green, leafy herbs. Typically the French version is called aumônières de crêpes where aumônière means purse in French.

The tasty morsel above is from Amarosa vineyard and restaurant in Tuscany, Italy. The herbed version below I made in Paris where the chefs had us stuffing them with a creamy scallop filling.

Beggar’s Purse Crêpes Aumônières

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Crepes and Crêpes Célestines | Herbed Crepes

Crepes and Crêpes Célestines | Herbed Crepes

Crepes and Crêpes Célestines | Herbed Crepes

Crêpes Célestines
Crêpes are full of contradictions. They are fancy foods, yet street foods. They are rich and decadent but can be simple and nutrient dense. They are quick or they can be turned into fancy purses as in aumônières de crêpes or other culinary art tricks. They are French, yet Italy, Isreal, Hungary, China and other countries have their own similar versions.

There is no contradicting, however, that crêpes are a flavorful and texture delight to eat and easily diversify anyone’s menu. Crêpes Célestines is a recipe I made at in Paris during culinary school. The name is a bit of a mystery as many French dishes use Célestine to refer to a dish made in the style of “Célestine” a woman of unclear historical origins but may have been from Lyon (more on French recipe naming methods later).

I’ve seen dishes named omelettes, consommé, potage (soup) all in the “célestine style.” The term may also be connected, at times, to using green, leafy herbs as an ingredient (not as a garnish).

Crêpes crepes

Crepes and Crêpes Célestines 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter—not hot
  • Clarified butter, organic canola or vegetable oil for cooking

Optional: ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (see taste notes below)

 “Crêpes Célestines” additions: 3 branches of chervil or other green herb, chopped

Batter steps: (can be done up to two days in advance)

Vite Vite (blender versions) Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until a smooth batter forms or add all the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and mix with a hand-held immersion blender. Go to step 2. Traditional method: Burns some calories and you don’t have to clean a blender-yay!

  1. Add the flour and salt to a medium-sized bowl and whisk. Add the eggs, butter and milk and whisk to incorporate then add the water and whisk until combined and smooth. The refrigeration step will often fix any lumpy batter patches.
  2. Batter should coat the back of a spoon like a heavy cream, but if it is too thick, add a bit more of water or milk.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours or for up to two days. In pinch, I’ve used crêpe batter after only a 30-minute rest, but texture isn’t ideal and crêpes don’t form as well.

Crêpe steps: Making crêpes:

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet or crêpe pan with 6″-7″ base (or larger for a smaller number of crêpes) over medium-high heat then add just enough oil or clarified butter to lightly coat the skillet.
  2. Stir the batter and scoop out about 1/4 cup of batter (a 2-ounce ladle works best).
  3. Slightly tilt the skillet and pour the batter near the higher side of the skillet and swirl the batter counterclockwise around bottom of pan by rotating the pan with your wrist until the entire surface is thinly coated. Try not to get the batter on the skillet edges. Place skillet back on heat.
  4. Cook 1-2 minutes and flip when crêpe begins to color golden brown on the pan-side down. Then cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Place crêpes on a rack to cool; however, a plate works fine as well. These crêpes don’t stick together.

Crêpes and Crêpes Célestines

Substitutions / Options:
  • You can substitute a lower-fat milk, but it does change the texture and flavor.
  • All-purpose flour works best and yields a traditional product. If you want a more nutrient-dense crêpe, I don’t recommend whole wheat flour, instead go French and make buckwheat crepes for higher fiber and a nutty flavor and unique texture profile.
  • Butter can be used; however, it can smoke at higher heats used for crêpes.
  • Salt enhances the flour flavor and the amount used in this recipe doesn’t prevent the crêpes from doing double duty as dessert crêpes. Most dessert crêpes add sugar to the batter, but I don’t miss sweet dessert ingredients used.
Resting is important:
  • it reduces the air bubbles that can cause crêpes to tear or have weak spots
  • the gluten has time to relax to ensure tender, more content crêpes
  • Savory street crêpes fillings:
    • 4 pieces of Prosciutto or ham or eggs (cook sunny-side up on cooked crepe)
    • 4 slices of Gruyere, Swiss or Monterey or other cheese
    • Some vegetables: baby spinach, Swiss chard, roasted asparagus, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized How to Caramelize Onions, Caramelized Onions Recipe Recipe | Simply Recipes, mushrooms, roasted peppers, tomato etc.
    • Flavors/seasoning options: Ground pepper, sea salt, mustard, basil, olive oil

“Love is a fire of flaming brandy Upon a crêpe suzette”

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About Me

The pleasure of food, good health and well-being through simple habits for eating well and flexitarian low-key cooking.
Michele Redmond

Michele Redmond

French-trained Chef, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Food Enjoyment Activist

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