The French love to set things on fire and don't we all love a spectacle. It really feels worth going out when you get dinner and a show. That is why people love these crepes. Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé. The most common way to make Crêpe Suzette is to pour the liquor on top of freshly cooked crepes with sugar and light it. The alcohol burns off so this is safe for children (from a distance at least) and results in a thick caramelized sauce.
There is some controversy over the origins of this dish, but it does appear to be one of those times when an accident actually improves a dish. Let's face it, who would think to purposely set their dessert on fire? Don't be afraid to try this dish at home. Just make sure to have a long match or lighter, you don't want to get too close to the flame.
Today, May 6th, National Crepe Suzette Day is the perfect day to give this dish a try. Sure you could go out to brunch and maybe a restaurant by you has this dish, but we say make it yourself.
Here is a classic recipe for Crepe Suzette. Let us know if you give it a try.