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Level Up Your Brunch Game with Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette

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Upgrade your brunch game with a delicious twist on a traditional French dish with this Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette.  It’s a burst of tangy sweetness in every bite!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the week’s recipes. All opinions are mine.

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Crêpes are so delicious. Their delicate flavor and versatility makes them a fun and tasty dish. I’m going to tell you that crêpes aren’t as hard to make as you think. You don’t need a crêpe pan or that little wooden paddle thing. I speak from experience on this one. Because I made a crêpe cake roll that required a lot of crêpes. Not to mention a really old paleo recipe for crab crêpes.

 

To make crêpes you only need a blender, a good non-stick skillet, and a spatula. Oh, and a ladle. Yes. That’s it. The ingredients go in the blender and have a whirl. You spoon some into the pan and swirl it around quickly before it sets up and you flip it with the spatula. Easy peasy! As with all things, it just takes a little bit of practice. And with this delicious crêpe suzette you’ll want to practice making crêpes all the time!

 

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History of crêpes and crêpe suzette

 

Crêpes claim to fame are a mistake of a housewife in the 13th century. The story goes that she accidentally dropped some porridge on a hot skillet. Back then you didn’t waste anything even happy accidents like this one.

 

Crêpe Suzette has two stories. One is an accident of a 14-year-old assistant waiter that accidentally allowed the liqueur to catch fire and flambe. The head waiter was under the gun and couldn’t start over. He served the dish anyway and the prince loved it. The second has it name after an actress in the Comédie Française. She played a maid and served crêpes. The director wanted to get the audience’s attention and set the liqueur on fire. Things flaming on stage would definitely get my attention.

 

 

No matter who invented it, Crêpe Suzette is a simple but stunning dish. It’s crêpes in a caramel butter sauce with orange juice and orange flavored liqueur. Typically prepared tableside, the liqueur is flambéed before serving which brings all the flavors together and makes this dish look stunning when it’s made.

 

What is a blood orange and how do choose the perfect oranges for this recipe?

 

Blood oranges are a variety of orange that are known for their rich, crimson-colored flesh and a unique blend of sweet and tart flavors. The pigmentation in their flesh comes from anthocyanins, antioxidants also found in other red fruits like cherries and raspberries. Ripe blood oranges offer a juicy sweetness with a slightly tangy undertone, adding a complex, citrusy flavor to dishes. To me they taste like an orange and a tangerine with a drop or rose water or two. They have a hint of a floral flavor to me.

 

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When choosing blood oranges for your Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette, look for fruits that are heavy for their size and have a firm, smooth skin. Avoid any oranges that are soft or shriveled, as this may indicate over ripeness. The best blood oranges will feel plump when gently squeezed and have a bright, vibrant skin color. Some may even have a red hue to their skin. Additionally, give the oranges a gentle sniff to check for a fragrant, citrus aroma which is a good indicator that it’s ripe.

 

I used fresh squeezed blood orange juice to replace the orange juice in a traditional Crêpe Suzette. To add even more orange flavor, I used the zest of the blood oranges, too. This combined with the Triple Sec I used made this blood orange crêpe suzette over the top with orange flavor. 

 

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If you want to kick things up a bit you can add some of the zest to your crêpe batter. Since I used pre-cooked crêpes I didn’t have that luxury. But if you plan on making your crêpes from scratch, try it! It won’t hurt to have more orange flavor making this a vibrant and super scrumptious dessert. 

 

Tips for flambéing your crêpe suzette 

 

To truly elevate your Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette to the next level, consider incorporating a flambé finish. Flambé is classic technique involves heating a small amount of liquor, such as Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau, in a pan and then lighting it to create a dramatic burst of flames. It not only looks amazing, but it also burn off the alcohol making the sauce smoother and more cohesive. 

 

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Carefully pour the liqueur over your crêpes just before serving to infuse them with a warm, boozy undertone that complements the tangy citrus flavors. I typically do this with the pan off the hat. Then I return the pan to the heat, grab a skewer and light it off the burner, then touch it to the alcohol to ignite it. Some might have a long electric fire starter for a fireplace or a grill. If you have one, use it. I just grab what’s on hand and that’s a wooden skewer. 

 

The flambé not only adds a visual element to your dessert presentation but also imparts a rich and aromatic essence that will leave your guests impressed. With this final touch, your Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette will be transformed into a show-stopping masterpiece that is sure to dazzle everyone at your table. 

 

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Serving tips for you Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette

 

For a truly memorable spring or Easter dessert spread, consider serving your Blood Orange Crêpe Suzette alongside a selection of complementary treats. Fresh berries, such as raspberries or strawberries, add a burst of color and freshness that pairs well with the citrusy notes of the crêpes. A dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can help balance out the tartness of the blood orange sauce and provide a creamy contrast to the delicate crêpes.

 

For those looking to make a statement with their dessert presentation, consider incorporating candied blood orange slices or mint leaves as a garnish. These decorative elements not only add a pop of color to your spread but also offer a subtle hint of freshness that can enhance the overall dining experience.

 

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While you’re thinking of your garnish, also think of how you can showcase this delicious Crêpes Suzette. Serve them on a beautifully patterned plate or platter to create a visually striking display that is sure to impress your guests. I suggest a light color platter so your guests can see the rich, red orange color of the caramel sauce.

 

Incorporating the vibrant flavors of blood oranges into your Crêpe Suzette will elevate your dessert game to new heights. Impress your guests this Easter with a show-stopping treat that melds tangy zest with decadent sweetness. As you try your hand at making this indulgent dessert, remember that the key ingredient is your passion for creating memorable culinary experiences. So go ahead, make this blood orange crêpe suzette and savor the sweet success that follows.

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Blood Orange Crepe Suzette

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the ultimate indulgence - #BloodOrange Crepe Suzette! A citrus twist on a classic dessert that is sure to brighten up your day.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

    1. Place the butter, sugars, orange juice, and orange zest in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon; about 10 minutes.
    2. Fold the crepes into quarters and carefully add them to the pan. Turn them over to coat both sides.
    3. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the liqueur into the pan. Carefully ignite the liqueur and put the pan back onto the heat. Continue to simmer a few more minutes stirring with a whisk until the flame goes out.
    4. Garnish with caramel sauce and your choice of fresh fruit, fresh mint, whipped cream, or ice cream and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 364Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 61mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 0gSugar 33gProtein 1g

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