Spiced apple ricotta crepe with orange sauce

Spiced Apple Ricotta Crepes with Orange Brown Sugar Sauce
Written by Josephine Pacquing Pastry Chef, Bar Americain, New York, NY Published: Apr 26, 2012 Print Email
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Delicate crepes filled with flavorful spiced apples and creamy ricotta then topped with an orange brown sugar sauce.

Yield: 16 servings

Spiced apples:

20 Granny Smith apples

12 oz/340 g unsalted butter

14 oz/400 g granulated sugar

4 cinnamon sticks

1 Tbs ground cinnamon

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp ground allspice

  1. Peel, core and cut apples into ½” wedges.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter, add sugar and spices and cook until sugar turns into a medium caramel. Add apples wedges and cook until apples are tender, stirring constantly. Cool on sheetpan.

Ricotta filling:

3 lb/1.36 kg drained ricotta cheese

14 oz/400 g superfine granulated sugar

1 Tbs salt

Paddle all ingredients together until smooth.

Crepe batter:

24 oz/680 g all-purpose flour

6 oz/170 g granulated sugar

1 Tbs salt

12 large eggs

12 large egg yolks

12 oz/340 g melted butter

  1. Combine all ingredient together and mix with an immersion blender until smooth, and strain. Let rest for at least 1 hour.
  2. Melt the butter and continue to cook to noisette stage to brush on crepes after assembly.

Orange brown sugar sauce:

2 qt/1.92 lt orange juice

2 lb/907 g Muscovado light sugar

8 liq oz/240 ml Cointeau liqueur

2 Tbs orange zest

1 Tbs salt

In a saucepan, reduce orange juice by half. Add sugar, Cointeau, orange zest and salt. Simmer until mixture has the consistency of a light syrup.


8.46 oz/240 g all-purpose flour

1 lb/454 g unsalted butter

1 lb/454 g granulated sugar

1 Tbs ground cinnamon

1 Tbs freshly grated nutmeg

1 Tbs salt

In an electric mixer at low speed, combine all ingredients and mix with the paddle attachment at low speed until mixture has a crumbly texture. Spread out on sheetpan and bake at 350°F until golden brown, without stirring. Set aside to cool.

Confectioners sugar

Finely grated orange zest

Fill crepes with 2 Tbs Ricotta Filling and 3 to 4 apple wedges, fold and brush with brown butter, and heat until warm. Place 3 warm crepes on a plate and drizzle with Orange Brown Sugar Sauce. Sprinkle with Streusel and dust with confectioners’ sugar and some grated orange zest.