***Crepes*** 1 cup flour 4 large eggs 1 1/4 cup milk 1 pinch salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter vegetable oil for oiling pans ***Sauce*** 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons sugar 1 orange, juice and grated rind 1/3 cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
Crepes: Whisk together or combine the flour, eggs, milk and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend just until smooth. Add melted butter and combine. The batter should be the consistency of light cream. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Lightly oil 1 (6-inch) crepe pan and set over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into pan and swirl until the pan is coated. Cook crepes until the top begins to look dry, about 60 seconds. Turn and cook the other side 30 seconds, wiping the pan with an oiled paper towel if crepes begin to stick.
Sauce: In large skillet, melt the butter. When foamy, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add rind and juice; bring to a simmer. Turn heat to lowest settings. Fold each crepe in half and place 2 at a time in the warm sauce. Using tongs or spatula, fold crepes in half again. Repeat until all crepes have been added. Work quickly so the first crepes do not absorb all the sauce.
Warm liqueur briefly and pour over the pan of crepes.
Using a long match, ignite the sauce. Remove pan from heat. When flames subside, place crepes on dessert plates. Dust with confectioners sugar; garnish with orange slices and serve.
So, I have a funny story to tell about this recipe. It has a happy ending so bear with me. I was meeting my future inlaws for the first time two weeks ago. They know I like to cook so I figured I'd better do something impressive. However I don't know what they like food wise so I wanted to do classic dishes... like crepes suzette. It all started off wonderfully. We had our appetizers and main course and I went to finish the crepes. I had made the crepes ahead of time and they turned out perfect (I was so pleased!). I had the ingredients for the sauce all ready so I simpley warmed it up and assembled everything. I thought I'd do the whole impressive production of igniting the crepes at the table and getting all the oohs and ahhs that come with it, right? So I have the pan at the table and I'm about to light it. Right then my future mother in law, who is a hand-talker (you know, waves her arms around while talking?) is telling the punchline to her story and waves her arm over the crepes - wearing long flowing sleeves. You see where this is going I'm sure. Up in flames her sleeve goes. We all scream but the flame goes out immediately on her arm (thankfully!! not even burned). The pan of crepes however gets flipped over on the table while on fire. The tablecloth, which I have now learned was highly flammable, caught on fire and immediately burned half of the tablecloth. My centerpiece catches on fire (because I HAD to have *dried* flowers?) and is now smoldering. Future husband grabs the glasses of water off the table and starts putting things out. It truly only lasted a few seconds but it felt like eternity to me - standing there still holding the match. Thankfully no one was hurt and eventually I'll be able to laugh about it. So, my 5 stars is going to the crepes and the sauce (which I sampled in the kitchen). I can't speak for the presentation... and probably shouldn't be allowed to play with matches for a while. The happy ending was though that my future mother in law told me about the first time she cooked for HER future inlaws and she had a far worst disaster than mine (it involved stitches). So we bonded over that.