Valentine’s Day Date Idea: French Cuisine at Home
And here’s what you need to do:
Split the vanilla bean and with a spoon scrape out as much of the soft inside as possible. Add the scraped center and bean to a medium saucepan and pour the heavy cream on top. Heat on medium high heat until it starts to boil. Watch it closely, it will boil over quickly if you aren’t careful! As soon as it starts to boil remove from heat, cover, and let marinade for about 15 minutes.
After you’ve waited the 15 minutes drain the bean and add the cream to the egg and sugar mixture.
Pour into ramekins, and place in a shallow baking dish. Fill the dish with water so that the ramekins are about half covered with water.
Bake for 40-45 minutes on 250 degrees. It should be set up but the middle should still jiggle when you shake the pan. Take them out of the pan/water mixture and put in the refrigerator. You’ll want at least two hours to set it up, and you can leave it in there up to two days. We put them in the fridge and start the rest of the meal.
Also it doesn’t hurt to have a Julia Child quote in your kitchen, it will help you gain any additional inspiration you need at this point.
We put the batter in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help it set up, it definitely makes the cooking process smoother.
Confession, we have a crepe maker that makes this process very easy. Don’t fret if you don’t have one, you can make these pretty easily in a basic frying pan. I found a great tutorial on The Food Network if you need it. We waited for this step until the filling was complete, but if you want to do it first you are more than welcome.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan. Saute onions for about four minutes, then add the jalapeno and garlic for another four. Whisk in flour. Turn to low heat and add sugar, cream, sour cream, yolks, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, whisk together.
*This was when we paused to make the crepes.
But this picture is when I stopped to appreciate how lucky I got. I’m so glad he loves to cook. I’m so glad we can do this together. It really makes for a romantic night at home!
While Jacob finished up the crepes, I added in the cheese to the saucepan and let it slowly melt. Once melted stir in mushrooms and ham. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 250 at this point too.
Grab a baking dish and stuff your crepes with your savory filling. Place in pan and top with the remaining cheese. 15 minutes is all you need, but we like to add an extra minute on broil to add a little crispy factor.
We then sat down two very excited people.
These smelled and looked amazing the moment we pulled them out of our oven.
Even though we still had creme brûlée to finish, we couldn’t resist a few banana and Nutella crepes. The same crepe recipe above works wonderful, and then just a Nutella drizzle and sliced banana will make all your crepe dreams come true.
We waited an hour or two for our stomachs to settle before we went back for the creme brûlée. Think about it, you could watch a movie, read poetry together, or do things that aren’t appropriate for me to spell out in a PG rated blog, and then come back to finish the night off with the best dessert you can imagine!
Sprinkle sugar on top, light up your torch, and hover back and forth in small sections until the sugar starts to bubble, then move onto the next section until the entire top has a hard shell.
A few berries enhance the flavor too, but they definitely aren’t necessary!
If a French dinner isn’t up your alley, or you decide you want to do more romantic meals at home, check out these other awesome blogger’s recipes and tutorials for a perfect Valentine’s at home!
A Manly Valentine’s Meal by Amberly from A Prioritized Marriage
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Ugh, Valentine's Day in high school is the worst (can you tell I never got anything, not even a giant stuffed animal I didn't really want?)
Haha, oh how I don't miss Valentines day in high school 😛 These look delicious!! I can't wait to try them!
Yum! Those nutella crepes look amazing! I also need that Julia Child wall art!