Crepes Suzette

Crepes Suzette is probably the most famous crepe dish in the world. In a restaurant, a “crepe suzette” is often prepared in a chafing dish in full view of the guests. They are served hot with a sauce of sugar, orange juice, and liqueur (usually Grand Marnier). Brandy is poured over the crepes and then lit.

The dish was created out of a mistake made by a fourteen year-old assistant waiter Henri Charpentier (1880-1961) in 1895 at the Maître at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII (1841-1910) of England.  Charpentier accidentally burnt the sauce to be served with the crepes but the Prince pronounced it delicious and asked him to name the dish after the name of his companion, a French woman called Suzette.

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