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    Crepes suzette

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    For the crepes:
    100g plain flour
    25g caster sugar
    Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange
    1 large egg, beaten
    300ml whole milk
    25g butter, plus extra for frying

    For the sauce:
    Juice of 2 medium oranges, plus strips of orange zest, to garnish
    Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    3 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier
    75g caster sugar
    100g butter, cut into small cubes
    2 tbsp brandy
    Icing sugar, to dust

    Method

    1. First make the crêpes: stir together the flour, sugar and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the egg and mix with a spoon, gradually adding half the milk and drawing the flour into the centre as you mix. Once all the flour has been incorporated, beat the mixture for 2 minutes until smooth.

    2. Stir in the remaining milk and the melted butter to make a smooth, shiny batter that coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour into a jug.

    3. Heat a knob of butter in a 20cm heavy-based frying pan or deep pancake pan until foaming. Pour in a little batter, tilting the pan to coat the base as thinly as possible. When the batter turns slightly darker and feels firm, flip it over with a large palette knife to cook the other side. Transfer the crêpe to a warm plate, cover with clingfilm or a large saucepan lid and continue with the remaining batter to make 8 crêpes.

    4. To make the sauce, mix together the orange and lemon juice, lemon zest and liqueur in a bowl. Place 2-3 tbsp of this mixture in the frying pan with the sugar. Heat gently over a low heat until the sugar has melted, then boil for 1-2 minutes until it turns a light toffee colour.

    5. Add the cubed butter to the pan, swirling over a low heat until the butter has melted. Stir the remaining citrus mixture into the pan and allow to bubble for 2-3 minutes until smooth and shiny.

    6. Fold each crêpe into quarters and slide them into the pan, basting with the sauce. Heat through for 1 minute. Take them to the table, quickly pour over the brandy and carefully ignite with a long taper or match. When the flames have died down, serve the warm crêpes and sauce garnished with strips of orange zest and dusted with icing sugar.

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    Cook's Tip

    The crêpes can be made (to the end of step 3) several hours ahead of serving. Stack them on a plate and cover with clingfilm. They can also be wrapped in foil when cool and frozen for up to 3 months. Simply continue from step 4 to serve. Don't worry if the caramel becomes solid in the pan when the citrus sauce is added, as it will soften and dissolve as it cooks.

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