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Crisp Crêpes Filled with Caramel

This super-sweet dessert, called tableton in Argentina, consists of layers of crunchy pastry rounds and a rich caramel made simply by boiling milk and sugar until thickened and golden.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup dessert wine, such as Marsala
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the wine. Stir in the flour. When the dough becomes too stiff to stir, transfer it to a floured work surface and knead in any remaining flour until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. Transfer to a bowl; discard the vanilla bean. Let the caramel stand, stirring often, until cooled.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball; cover the balls with a kitchen towel. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball to an 8-inch round and transfer to a baking sheet; repeat with another ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Transfer the crêpes to a plate. Roll out and bake the remaining balls.
  4. Place a crêpe on a cake plate. Using a metal spatula, spread a scant 1/4 cup of caramel over the crêpe and set another crêpe on top. Repeat with the remaining caramel and crêpes; don't glaze the last crêpe. Sift the confectioners' sugar on top. Using a serrated knife, gently saw the stack into 6 wedges and serve.

Make Ahead

The crêpes can be kept in an airtight container for 1 day; refrigerate the caramel, but let it return to room temperature before using.

Contributed By Photo © Miki Duisterhof Published February 1999

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