Crêpes Suzette

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  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) milk
  • 25g butter, melted, plus extra for brushing
  • 250g mascarpone
  • finely grated orange zest to serve

Orange Sauce

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) vodka
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec or Cointreau or a mix of your favourite liqueurs)
  • 1 litre orange juice, strained
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 6 tbsp butter

Crêpes Suzette

For the crêpes, place the flour, salt and oil in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs and milk together, then slowly mix into the dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Add the melted butter and leave the batter to rest for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Once batter has rested, heat a non-stick frying pan lightly brushed with a little butter or canola oil spray. Once hot, pour in a small ladle of crêpe mix and swirl around the pan to cover the base (a 1-tablespoon ladle will suit a 15cm crêpe pan). The crêpes should be very thin, so add only just enough batter to coat the pan. Cook until the crêpe starts to lift off the edges of the pan, then carefully flip and cook the other side until it starts to colour. Transfer to a plate or cake rack and repeat with the remaining batter. Stack the crêpes as they cool. For the orange sauce, heat the caster sugar in a large frying pan or saucepan over a medium heat, without stirring, until the sugar melts and starts to turn a golden caramel colour. Pour the vodka and Grand Marnier onto the sugar, taking care as the sugar is very hot. (You can flame the sauce at this point to cook out the alcohol). Pour in the orange juice and cook to reduce by two-thirds to a syrup consistency. Add the lemon zest and juice and orange zest. Drop the butter into the boiling sauce and stir in. Remove from the heat. Place each crêpe in the sauce, fold in half, then fold again while warming it and dousing it in sauce. Remove from the sauce and place on a plate; repeat until you have 3 crêpes per portion. Serve immediately with mascarpone topped with a little grated orange zest.