May 6th: National Crepe Suzette Day

 

Crepes Suzette, a crepe dessert in a citrusy syrup with orange liqueur or brandy originated in France and is said to be discovered by accident. In 1895, Henri Carpentier was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales when the crepes had caught a flame and started burning. Henri had no time to remake the dish as the Prince was eagerly waiting and had to serve a scorched crepe. The prince’s reaction however was not one that he expected. The prince had enjoyed it so much that he even sent a thank-you gift to Henri for such a delectable creation. Thus, the recipe for Crepes Suzette was born – the original recipe comes from the book Life A La Henri – Being The Memories of Henri Charpentier.

The Original Crepes Suzette Recipe

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield6 Servings
  • Energy575 cal

Ingredients

Vanilla Sugar

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

Sauce Suzette

  • Small piece of orange Zest, cut very thinly
  • Small piece of lemon zest, cut very thinly
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces of blended favorite liqueurs (curacao, triple sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, cognac, kirsch, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

For the crepes

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup tablespoons milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • Thin strips of orange zest, for garnish

Method

In a glass container, place the sugar and the vanilla bean, cover the container tightly. Set mixture aside- do not refrigerate. Sauce Suzette (see recipe below).

1

Using a blender, blend the eggs, flour, milk, salt, melted butter, and water to a smooth liquid consistency. Place the crepe batter, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to prevent tearing during cooking.

2

Cooking the Crepes: Heat a frying pan, crepe pan, or cast iron griddle with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Once the pan is well-heated, pour in enough batter, approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter. Spread thin batter evenly. Keep the crepe as thin as possible and flip when each side becomes golden brown.

3

Fold the crepe in half twice to form a triangle.

4

To prepare the Sauce Suzette: Flambe the liquor by heating it in a pan until it bubbles and temperature reaches 130 degrees F or 54 degrees C. Let cook carefully until the flame disappears. Add the vanilla+sugar mixture. Add in the folded crepes into the warm sauce and add 2oz of liquor. As soon as the fire diminishes, your Crepe Suzette is ready to serve.

5

Serve three crepes per plate. Pour a spoon of sauce and garnish with orange/lemon zest.

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  • Nutrition Facts

  • Amount per serving
  • Calories575
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat21.9 g28.08%
  • Saturated Fat13.1 g65.5%
  • Cholesterol134 mg44.67%
  • Sodium204 mg8.87%
  • Total Carbohydrate80.9 g29.42%
  • Dietary Fiber0.6 g2.14%
  • Total Sugars68.7 g
  • Protein5.3 g10.6%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)21 IU2.63%
  • Calcium47 mg3.62%
  • Iron1 mg5.56%
  • Potassium79 mg1.68%

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