Mille - Thousand
Crepe - you know what it is
Mille Crepe - thousand layered crepes
Another version of Yamahomo's "it takes forever" dish. Apparently French people don't know about this dessert, but it is one of a kind. I first saw this at Takashimaya in New York. There is a pastry shop called Lady M., and they have an EXPENSIVE layers of layers of crepe cake for like $50 a pop. Being a frugal chef, I was like, "hm, I can definitely recreate this with even better flavors". So here they are. You make bunch of crepes, then fill each layer with whatever cream you like.
My recipe is something like this. (call me Rachal Gay, I don't measure)
Quart of milk (use the real thing) and 5 eggs mixed together. Add about 3/4 cup of suger (120 g), then add 2 cups of flour (sifted). Once everything is mixed together, pour 1 stick of melted butter. Important part is to rest the batter for at least an hour. Put it overnight, it makes even better crepes next day.
I don't have a fancy crepe pan, and using regular teflon coated pan works perfectly. Medium to medium low heat will be the best. Once edges are getting brown, you flip it (I use my fingers, and it's the easiest way, but man it burns ya), cook a bit more on the other side. You repeat this process till the batter is gone.
Cool them in rack.
Now it's time to make cream. You can make custard, whipped cream, whatever. I usually melt a bag of bittersweet chocolate then whip up a pint of heavy cream (no sugar added, chocolate has enough sweetness), then mix them together. But this time, since it's summer, I whipped up heavy cream with powdered sugar, and once the cream is about to be done, I added watermelon flavored Rum (it's good) to give a little kick.
Now you put a bit of cream (too much will make the cake too heavy; too little will make a not so interesting cake, and you need to keep making more to get the right amount for each layer), and stack them and repeat till crepes are done. Try to put more cream on the edges, this will make an even cake. Yet what counts is the taste, not the appearance...
Above recipe will give you about 20-23 layers, but sometimes i double the batter so that i can make a very thick cake. The best thing about this cake is that it is so easy to transport. I made this for my bf's surprise birthday party at a bar, and you don't have to worry about outer creams at all. You just wrap them up, and bring to wherever. Since it is such a labor intensive cake, it surely impresses your guests.