So this is what I made on Pancake Day this year. I'd found a recipe similar to this before, and then a little later I found one on Always With Butter's blog. I have been waiting to make this for quite some time.
I used a different crepe recipe from the one I found on Always With Butter's blog. I also only made half the amount of ganache- I think that this was sufficient, but the whole quantity wouldn't necessarily be over-doing it, either.
It would be wise to begin making this a while before the time at which you plan on serving, as the batter ideally should rest, and so should the ganache. Once assembled, the cake actually tastes better after a sit in the fridge to firm up.
I found this a really great way to eat crepes- the ganache is incredible. I did think that perhaps the dessert might be rather large, but serving sizes of twelfths (more sufficiently sizeable than it sounds) consist of only about a pancake and a quarter. However, my mother did disagree ("did you not find that a little too rich?").. after eating over a quarter of the cake...
White Chocolate Crepe Cake
Serves 8 large/ 12 modest slices
125g plain flour
2tbsp caster sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
3tbsp butter, melted
Ganache: (this can be doubled)
240ml double cream
30g icing sugar
pinch of salt
200g white chocolate
1. For the crepes, sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Break the eggs into the well and whisk lightly before gradually whisking in the milk, sugar and vanilla extract, incorporating the flour from the sides. Pour in the melted butter and whisk to combine. Leave, covered for at least an hour.
2. For the ganache, stir together the cream, icing sugar and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the white chocolate. Leave for a minute, without stirring, then whisk until smooth and refrigerate for an hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Fry the crepes by pouring about a ladle of batter into an oiled/buttered, hot frying pan and swishing quickly around the pan for even coverage- the layer should be as thin as possible. Once the crepe has cooked on one side and is beginning to lightly brown, flip and cook the other side. Repeat until all the batter has been used- about 16 pancakes should be made.
4. Once the ganache has set, spread about one and a half tablespoons on top of a cooled crepe and layer another crepe on top. Repeat this process until all the crepes have been used. Spread the remaining ganache on top of the cake and let it slide down the sides. Refrigerate for about an hour before topping with fruit and serving.