Chestnut Cattail Pollen Crepes with Elderflower Mascarpone


If you've gone to all the trouble to collect cattail pollen, you want to make something truly magical with it. I'm very fond of cattail pollen pancakes, plain and simple and served with butter, only butter, thank you very much. This year, inspired by Alain Ducasse's recipe for chestnut crepes, I decided to step up my game.

If you can't find chestnut flour, just make regular crepes, substituting 1/3 of the flour with cattail pollen. But if you can find chestnut flour, please indulge! It's malty flavor is the perfect complement to your hard-earned cattail pollen. Guild the lily with a little mascarpone sweetened with elderflower cordial, and top it all with whatever wild fruit you have available (in my case, wild currants stewed with more elderflower cordial), and you have a ticket to heaven. So kick back in that leather recliner of yours and enjoy the perks of going first class.

Want to learn more about collecting cattail pollen? Click through here.

My friend Hank Shaw just made cattail pollen pasta the other day. You should check it out.

Chestnut Cattail Pollen Crepes


1 c. chestnut flour
1/4 c. cattail pollen
1/4 c. flour (or gf flour blend of your choice)
2 pinches salt
2 eggs
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. milk

1. Whisk together the chestnut flour, cattail pollen, flour, and salt in a large bowl.

2. Add the eggs, water, and milk, and continue to whisk until the batter is smooth. The batter should be thin, similar to the consistency of heavy cream. If your batter is the wrong consistency, add a touch of either milk or flour to make it thinner or thicker.

3. Cook the crepes in a crepe pan or on a griddle. After ladling batter into your pan, use the back of your ladle to push the batter out into the thinnest possible circle. Wait until bubbles become visible before turning your crepes over. These crepes are delicate, so make them on the smaller side and flip them very carefully. Cook on each side until the crepes are lightly brown.

4. Serve your chestnut cattail pollen crepes rolled up with elderflower mascarpone inside.


Elderflower Mascarpone


4 oz. mascarpone cheese
2 Tbsp. elderflower cordial

Using an electric mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese and elderflower cordial until light and fluffy.





Comments

  1. Sounds like that cattail pollen is a lot of work, but this sure does sound real good. I'd order a big old plat of these.

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    1. It is a lot of work, Gordie. But as a forager, you have to decide which of the labor-intensive foods are worth it for you, and which aren't. I happen to really enjoy cattail pollen sunshine.

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  2. Oh, man. Heaven. I have such a sweet tooth.

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    1. This recipe actually isn't too sweet, unless you top it with a very syrupy fruit or jam.

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  3. What a gorgeous photo. I want to go find some of this pollen right away.

    Thanks for the inspired recipe.

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  4. Could I please be a mouse in your kitchen??????

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  5. And here I've just been making muffins with it all these years. My grandmother taught me to pick the pollen right out of the ponds when I was a little kid and the lesson never left me and I still think of her when I see a field of cattails waving in the winds.

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    1. What method did your grandmother use for harvesting the cattail pollen?

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  6. I bought some chestnut flour in Corsica, Elderflower Syrup in the freezer and living in the land of mascapone, BUT unfortunately no pollen :-(

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  7. Gorgeous recipe.

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  8. How did I not hit up your house when these were happening? OMG mmm is all that's coming out of my brain. I like the description of cattail pollen as "malty." And that photo is gorgeous!

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  9. I was at your class tonight. You were such a cool cucumber with all of the problems. I loved every minute of it, and learned so much. Thank you so much! I can't wait to get cooking, you are such an inspiration!

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  10. Even if the recipe weren't stellar, I'd want to make this based upon the picture alone. Thank you for the slices of beauty.

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  11. You are magical. Can't wait to come home, my muse!

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