Crêpe à la semoule for Mardi Gras 2012.

Welcome to today, Mardi gras 2012!!

A little Mediterranean flavour to celebrate this feasty day…the last day on which we “fatten up” before we start our 40 day fast up to Pâcques. What else do we eat than crêpes…again?! Only, this time a bit different…made with semolina flour and yeast, it is left for an hour to rise before baking in a pan. The yeast may scare you off, but it is not at all difficult…no kneading involved, and while you wait on the raising of the yeast, you can clean up the kitchen. It is traditionally served with soft butter and warm honey in the Middle East….delicious I tell you!

…served with warm panfried clementines and honey and butter…

…served with soft butter and drizzled with warm honey…

  1. Add 4 tsp dry yeast to 125 ml lukewarm water. Add 3 TBS flour and leave aside in a warm place for about 15 minutes until the mixture begins to foam.
  2. Sift 250g flour, 250 fine semolina and a pinch of salt in a bowl and shape a hole in the middle of the flour.
  3. Beat 2 eggs with 125 ml lukewarm milk and add into the hole made in the flour. Add the foamed yeast mixture and another 350 ml lukewarm water. Work the flour gently from the outside towards the centre, mixing it with the yeast/milk mixture in the middle. Whisk briskly until the mixtrue is smooth with the consistency of thick cream. cover with a kitchen towel and leave in a warm place for and hour unil the mixture becomes foamy and doubles in volume.
  4. Wipe a pan with a little buttered or oiled paper and heat it up on the stove until hot. Drop a small ladle full of mixture into the center of the pan(about 3 TBSP).  Bake until the top is dry and makes small holes/bubbles. don’t turn over. Remove from the pan and keep warm on a plate  over hot water. Cover with a damp towel.
  5. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
  6. Serve warm on a plate with warmed honey and soft butter OR some clementine slices, slightly caramelized in butter and honey.
  7. Serve warm.

Makes about 16 crêpes.

Suggestions:

  • Add  a drop of orange flower water to the crêpe mixture OR add it to the clementines.
  • Arrange the crêpes after baking each one in overlapping fashion rather that on top of each other.
  • Butter the pan between baking if you don’t use a non stick pan.

…eggs, semolina, flour, yeast and a scale..

..acacia honey, fresh seasonal clementines and many books..

* Recipe adapted from “crêpe à la semoule” de  Le Meilleur du MAroc, by Tess Maloss, Larousse.

I hope you have a festive Mardi Gras and that your fasting from tomorrow on stays motivated and on the right track… ahem ahem…!

à bientôt!

Ronelle

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12 responses

  1. Wow! Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    21/02/2012 at 16:10

  2. Looking for a pancake recipe for this eve. You came through beautifully.

    21/02/2012 at 16:22

  3. MMmhhh, irresistible! Something I am planning on making soon…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    21/02/2012 at 16:27

  4. Tes “baghrirs” sont superbes. Les crêpes de mon enfance. On les retrouve en Algérie aussi. Il m’arrive de préparer la pâte juste avant d’aller chercher les enfants à l’école et de les cuire pour qu’ils les mangent tout chauds. Traditionnellement, le beurre et le miel sont mis à fondre dans une casserole. Et puis ta touche personnelle avec les clémentines me plaît beaucoup. Je te souhaite une bonne fin de journée.

    21/02/2012 at 17:03

  5. They look divine.. and the Honeymoon honey too:)

    21/02/2012 at 18:01

  6. They look so good. yummy. love,Diana

    21/02/2012 at 22:19

  7. Oh my goodness Ronelle…it looks divine! Yum!!!!! Your photographs are just beautiful as always!!! :)

    22/02/2012 at 03:24

  8. Your crepes are so lovely with the little orange clementines Ronelle. Laisser les bons temps rouler – let the good times roll as they say in New Orleans.
    Sam

    22/02/2012 at 12:19

  9. What a different recipe to me. We serve crêpes with maple syrup. This looks so yum!

    22/02/2012 at 14:50

  10. Oh how I would love to make crepes! They look scrumptious!

    22/02/2012 at 21:54

  11. bellegroveatportconway

    Those look so good! I am in the process of opening a bed and breakfast on a very historic property in Virginia. It was the birthplace of James Madison. I working on my menu so I am always on the lookout for some great ideas! Great post!

    24/02/2012 at 02:54

  12. Looking for a pancake recipe for this eve. You came through beautifully.

    31/03/2012 at 13:54

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