We got lots of oranges from our neighbor. I used some to make smoothie last weekend and used some for this recipe. I have always wanted to make crepes but never get to do it until today. The crepes are soft, slightly sweet and crispy on the edge, even delicious on its own. Best of all crepes can be prepared ahead of time and coated with orange sauce right before serving. Typically the orange sauce consists of Brandy and orange liqueur, creating flaming crepes at the table… but I don’t want to cause a fire in my house! Hahaha… it is just as good though– buttery, tangy and refreshing at the same time.
Crepe Suzette Recipe from Desserts by Rosemary Wilkinson– serves 4-6
Ingredients for crepes:
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 tbsp orange flower water/orange liqueur (optional)
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
additional melted butter for frying
Ingredients for orange sauce:
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
grated rind and juice of 1 large orange
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup orange liqueur, plus more for flaming (optional)
brandy, for flaming (optional)
orange segments, to decorate
Method: (I combine Rosemary’s and Alton Brown’s method)
- In a blender, combine all of the crepe ingredients(except melted butter) and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Strain the batter.
- Heat a crepe pan over medium heat. Stir melted butter into crepe batter. Brush the hot pan with additional melted butter and pour in 2-4 tbsp batter (depending on your pan size). Quickly tilt and rotate the pan so batter will cover the bottom to form a thin layer. Cook for 1 minute until the top is set and bottom is golden. Carefully flip over the crepe and cook for 30 seconds on the side. Transfer to a plate and continue until batter is finished.
- To make the sauce: melt butter in a pan over medium heat, then stir in all ingredients until sugar dissolves. Turn to medium low and let it cook for few more minutes.
- Place a crepe in the pan (golden side down) to lightly coated with the sauce. Fold it in half twice then push to the side of the pan. Continue this step with all crepes. (I don’t have a large pan so I transfer the crepes to a shallow plate instead of pushing to the side of pan).
- To flame the crepes, heat 2-3 tbsp each of orange liqueur and brandy in a small saucepan over med heat. Remove the pan from the heat then carefully ignite the liquid. Gently pour it over the crepes. Scatter orange segments over the crepes and serve immediately. (I skip this step).
- Chill the batter at least 1 hour as suggested by Alton Brown. If the batter thickens, add a little milk or water to thin.
- Crepe batter will keep up to 48 hours in the fridge. Once the crepe is cooked it can be stored in the fridge for several days or in the freezer up to 2 months.
- Other crepe serving suggestions: whipped cream with mixed berries, bananas with nutella/chocolate sauce. Something savory? hmmm… how about serve with curry chicken or ikan bilis (just like roti jala). I believe the crepe batter can also be used for making roti jala. Will try it out next time!