Cardamom Thai Tea Crepes filled with Azuki Cream, Coconut and Pecans

April 11, 2012
Author Notes

I love Thai Tea's naturally sweet caramel flavor and its bright orange color. Here it is paired with whipped cream ,coconut or azuki,and pecans. The black sesame seeds add texture, color and nutty flavor. —LE BEC FIN

  • Makes about 10 8" crepes
  • 2 teaspoons thai tea
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons spelt flour( milder than whole wheat)
  • 6 tablespoons white flour, AP or pastry
  • 10 tablespoons coconut milk***(Chaukoh preferred)
  • thai tea infused milk from above
  • 2 tablespoons ginger syrup*, maple syrup or light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons black sesame seeds**
  • clarified butter or canola oil
  • 2 1/2 cups azuki bean paste** (option- substitute dessicated [unsweetened] coconut)
  • 2 1/2 cups whipped cream with a touch of confectioners sugar (from 1 1/4 cup heavy cream)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
In This Recipe
  1. Heat milk til just comes to a boil. Add thai tea, cover and steep, off the heat, for at least 2 hours. Sieve. (Can be done days ahead.)
  2. Sift flours.Combine coconut milk through salt and whisk into flour til a smooth batter is formed.Add black sesame seeds. Let rest at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a small 8" non stick skillet til hot, wipe with paper towel saturated in clarified butter or canola oil. Make a test crepe. Pour in 3 Tablespoons crepe batter, while rotating pan , so crepe is thin and rund. Let edges set til brown, flip and cook a few seconds til brown spots form. Remove and stack on plate, covered with damp towel. Add milk as needed, to thin batter.
  4. Assembly: Place the crepe on a plate with the second (spotted) side down. Spread a thin layer of azuki cream over the crepe, follow with whipped cream, sprinkle with pecans. Fold into quarters or roll up crepe. You could also make a 'cake' of layers of flat crepes with azuki, cream and pecans, cut into wedges to serve.
  5. * Note: Ginger Syrup: Add 2 cups white sugar to 1 cup boiling water with 1/2 cup unpeeled thinly sliced ginger. Simmer 1/2-1 hour til slightly thickened and has strong ginger flavor.Lasts forever.
  6. ** Azuki (sweet bean paste) can be found in Japanese and Chinese markets alike. It is used widely throughout Asia. It is available canned or in plastic bags. Coconut milk , thai tea and black sesame seeds will be found in the same Chinese or markets.
  7. Option: Instead of using azuki cream, spread crepe with layer of whipped cream, sprinkle with 1/4 cup dessicated (unsweetened) coconut, and chopped pecans.
  8. ***I like coconut milk for its richness and mellow coconut flavor but I find the pancake flavor to be better when I include cow's milk as well.

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