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Crepes Suzette

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Serves: 4

For the crepes:
100g / 3 1/2 oz plain flour
25g / 1 oz caster sugar
grated zest of 1 orange
1 egg
300ml / 1/2 pint milk
25g / 1 oz butter, melted, plus extra for frying

For the sauce:
juice of 2 oranges
juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
3 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier
75g /  3 oz caster sugar
100g / 3 1/2 oz butter
2 tbsp brandy or rum


Make the crepes: in a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and orange zest. Make a well in the centre and drop in the egg, unbeaten. Start to beat the egg, adding half the milk in a steady stream and gradually pulling the flour into the egg mixture. Once all the flour has been incorporated, beat vigorously for 2-3 minutes until the batter is smooth. Stir in the remaining milk and the melted butter to make a smooth, shiny batter that just coats the back of a wooden spoon.

In a 20cm / 8 in frying pan or pancake pan (preferably non-stick), heat a little butter, then ladle in a little batter, swirling the pan to coat the bottom as thinly as you can.

When the batter turns a darker yellow and feels firm, use a palette knife to lift up the edges, then slide the knife under the pancake, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm and make the remaining pancakes - this quantity of batter should make about 8.

Make the sauce: in a bowl, mix together the orange and lemon juices, the lemon zest and the orange liqueur. In a heavy-based frying pan, gently heat the sugar and 1 tablespoon of the citrus mixture, tilting the pan occasionally, until the sugar has melted and turned a toffee colour.

Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the sugar in the pan. Swirl it into the pan until it has melted into the sauce. Pour the remaining citrus mixture into the pan and stir well until the caramel has completely dissolved and you have a glossy sauce.

Fold each pancake into quarters, then slide these into the pan, basting each one with caramel as it is added. Heat through for about 1 minute. When the juices are bubbling, quickly pour on the brandy or rum and ignite. Serve the crepes suzettes immediately.

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