Crêpes Suzette - Waitrose Cookery School

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes

Makes: 6 pancakes

Ingredients

120g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
300ml milk
Oil or butter, for frying

For the orange juice reduction:
20g Demerara sugar
500ml orange juice

For the sauce:
4 oranges, segmented
20g caster sugar
15g unsalted butter, diced
40ml Grand Marnier

Method

1. To begin, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the egg and about 50ml milk and start whisking, gradually incorporating the flour into the liquid. When you have a smooth batter in the middle, add a bit more milk. Continue until all the milk is added, all the flour incorporated and the batter is slightly thicker than single cream. Add a touch more milk if needed. Incorporating the flour gradually like this is the best way to avoid lumps. Alternatively, make the batter in a food processor.

2.Cover the batter and leave to stand for 30 minutes. This allows the starch in the batter to swell and soften, giving a lighter result. If it thickens while resting, add a little more milk to bring it back to the right consistency. The batter must be quite thin or you'll end up with thick pancakes with big holes in, as a result of not being able to swirl it around the pan quickly enough before it sets.

3. For the orange juice reduction, first make a light caramel by placing the sugar in a pan over a low to medium heat until just melted and golden. Turn up the heat and the orange juice, then leave to simmer gently for around 10-15 minutes or until reduced by half.

4. Heat a heavy-based frying or crêpe pan (about 24cm diameter) and rub with a scant amount of oil or butter to just coat the base of the pan, turning and tilting as you go. Cook for about 1 minute on each side, flipping the crêpe when it starts to bubble and brown underneath. Repeat to make 6 pancakes. Keep the crêpes warm on a plate covered with foil while you cook the remaining batter.

5. Fold each crêpe in half and then half again with 2 orange segments in between each fold.

6. For the sauce, first make a light caramel by melting the sugar and butter in a pan and then add the orange juice reduction.

7. Place the folded crêpes into the pan with the sauce and the rest of the orange segments. After 1 minute, flambé the crêpes with the Grand Marnier. Once the flame has died away, transfer to warm plates and serve immediately.