Crêpes suzette

  • Time cooking time: 20-30 minutes total
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Ingredients

    For the crêpes:

    1 cup flour
    1/4 vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1/4 cup unsalted butter

    For the orange sauce:
    1/4 cup unsalted butter
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon coarsely shredded orange peel
    1/3 cup orange peel
    1 cup orange juice
    1/4 cup orange sections
    For the orange butter:
    1/2 cup Grand Marnier
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup Grand Marnier
    1/4 cup grated orange peel
    1/4 cup brandy

Preparation

    Crêpe batter:
    In a medium bowl, combine flour, oil, eggs, egg yolks, and 1/2 cup milk, beating until blended and smooth. Add remaining milk, whisking until batter is smooth. Strain batter into a clean bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours or longer. Melt the butter over low heat, and mix into the crêpe batter.
    Heat a 7-inch non-stick skillet until a drop of water sizzles and rolls off. Pour in 2 tablespoons of batter, rotating pan to cover bottom of skillet evenly. Cook until lightly browned. Turn; brown slightly. Cool on rack. Stack crêpes.
    Crêpes may be made ahead and refrigerated.

    Orange sauce:
    In a medium skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter. Stir in cup sugar, shredded orange peel and juice; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until peel is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add oranges, and 1/4 cup Grand Marnier.

    Orange butter:
    In a small bowl, with an electric beater, cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Blend in Grand Marnier and orange peel. Use to spread on crêpes - about 1 tablespoon for each crêpe.

    To assemble:
    Fold each crêpe in half, then in half again. Arrange in pattern in orange sauce in a baking dish or skillet. Cook over low heat until sauce is hot and crepes are heated through. To serve: Bring crêpes to table right in baking dish or skillet. Gently heat brandy in a small saucepan just until vapor rises. Ignite with match and pour flaming brandy over heated crêpes. Serve with sauce.
    VARIATIONS:
    CREPES CURACAO: Serve with cooked sliced peaches. Flame with curacao.
    CREPES CAFOLA: Flavor batter with coffee extract and grated sweet chocolate. Flame with creme of cacao and Kahlua.
    CREPES COPACABANA: Flavor batter with coffee extract and hazelnut puree. Flame with Kahlua.
    CREPES HAWAIIAN: Serve with fresh sweet pineapple cubes.
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