MAKES 6 CRÊPES
If Austria is famous for any gastronomic specialty, it's for pastry—pastry, which inevitably involves cream. These "crêpes", which are really more like open turnovers stuffed with a wine-scented cream filling, are popular in coffeehouses all over Vienna. (Their name translates literally as "Viennese wine slices".) This recipe comes from German-born Dieter Schorner, who teaches the fine art of pastry-making at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites
3 tbsp. flour
6 tbsp. riesling or other fruity,
dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1. For the crêpes, place 3 egg yolks and 1 tbsp. sugar in the top of a double boiler. Mix well, then set over gently simmering water over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until yolk mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and continue to whisk until mixture cools and becomes pale yellow.
2. Preheat oven to 400°. Beat egg whites in a nonreactive bowl until foamy. Gradually add 3 tbsp. sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
3. Sprinkle flour into yolk mixture. Mix well, then gently fold in egg whites. Spread 1/4 cup of batter on a nonstick cookie sheet, forming a 3'' round. Smooth, then repeat with remaining batter, forming 6 rounds in all. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes. (Finished crêpes should be light and spongy.) Transfer to a cake rack to cool.
4. For the filling, combine remaining 2 egg yolks, 4 tbsp. sugar, and white wine in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly to keep yolks from scrambling, over medium-high heat. Remove pan from heat and whisk for 1 minute more. Cool completely. Meanwhile, whip cream until stiff, then gently fold, a little at a time, into yolk mixture.
5. To assemble, divide filling between crêpes, fold over, then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.