Crepes suzette

To change from pancake to spread or sugar, I suggest you rediscover this classic of French gastronomy that is the crêpe Suzette.
The recipe would have been created in 1885 by Henri Charpentier. The young pastry chef would have made the mistake of pouring alcohol on pancakes. They would have had all the same a great success with Prince Edward VII who would have even called them Suzette in homage to a beautiful guest. This story is charming, but perhaps not entirely accurate.
Subsequently, Escoffier claimed the recipe. In his recipe, the pancakes are topped with tangerine and curaçao butter and sometimes flambéed.

The recipe that I am giving you today is not this one. My version comes to me from a workshop where students in a hotel school flambé pancakes. These are reheated in a citrus sauce and then flambéed in front of the customer. It’s always spectacular!

It’s mostly delicious and frankly, there’s nothing complicated to make. Pancakes and sauce are prepared in advance. When ready to eat, simply heat a little sauce in a pan and then roll the pancakes in it. We then add a lick of alcohol and flambé.

Crêpes Suzette can be served with good ice cream. It’s a fabulous dessert!

Crepes suzette:


250g of flour
500ml milk
2 eggs
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tbsp Grand Marnier

In the robot, put all the ingredients and mix until you have a smooth paste.
Set aside for at least 1 hour.

Prepare the pancakes in a greased skillet.


50g sugar
250 ml citrus juice (3 oranges and 1 lemon)
1 organic orange zest
60g butter

Cover the bottom of a saucepan with sugar and let it caramelize.
When it is nicely browned, add the citrus juice and the orange zest in pretty strips.
Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Gradually add the cold butter cut into pieces, while whisking.

To book.

Crepes suzette:

Grand Marnier

Fold the pancakes. If they are large, you can cut them in half before.

Pour some sauce into a pan.
To heat.
Quickly pass the folded pancakes in the hot sauce on both sides.
There should then be almost no sauce left.
Sprinkle with a little alcohol and ignite it on contact with the flame. Watch out for the hood!

Serve immediately.

Finally: ct is a dessert that you can absolutely make for yourself, for a romantic meal or for 4. AWith these quantities, you will be able to fill about 8 people with happiness.
It is important to put the right amount of sauce, depending on the number of pancakes made each time.

Flambéing can also be done at the table. In this case, heat a little Grand-Marnier and pour it over the hot pancakes. With a long match, ignite immediately.

It is also possible to use Cointreau or another orange spirit.

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