Crêpes Suzette

This is my favorite easy crepes recipe! It’s super-easy to make, and you can take the. Same recipe (remove vanilla) and make savory crepes
We love it when wonderful things happen by accident. Such was allegedly the case when Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris assistant waiter Henri Charpentier – just 14 years old in 1895 – accidentally set some cordials that were near the chafing dish he was using on fire. Adding more stress to this precarious situation, the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) was the VIP Henri was serving that day. Rather than keep the royal waiting and begin again, Henri snuck a taste of the flambéed syrup and found that the flavors melded beautifully, so he served the prince to rave reviews. And so, according to Henri’s autobiography, one of the world’s favorite French desserts was born.

It’s not known for sure whether this dramatic origin story also began the tradition for Crêpes Suzette to be prepared tableside, flames and all – which has our mouths watering for evenings in Waterside – but this display only adds to the specialness of the dish. And with every bite, the candied citrus flavors combine with the buttery burst of cognac and Grand Marnier, recalling the decadence of French cuisine.

© 2016 Jon Ashton