Traditional Crepes Suzette

crepes suzette
Photo: Gentl and Hyers

Beer, traditionally found in this dish, ferments the batter and adds flavor to these delicious crepes suzettes.


For the batter

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup beer (not dark)

For the filling

  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 4 teaspoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur

  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange

For the garnish

  • 2 oranges, peel and pith removed, flesh cut into segments

  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

For the sauce

  • 2 cups orange juice

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Make batter: Whisk together milk, sugar, butter, eggs, and oil. Sift together flour and salt. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture. Pour batter through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in beer. Refrigerate, covered, 6 hours (or overnight).

  2. Let batter stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Heat a crepe pan or a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, swirling to cover bottom. Cook, flipping once, until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat.

  3. Make filling: Stir together butter, sugar, liqueur, and zest. Spread 2 teaspoons over 1 crepe. Roll up; place on a baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat.

  4. Make sauce: Bring juice and sugar to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; skim foam. Whisk together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water; add to pan. Whisk in liqueur. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover crepes with foil; heat in oven 10 minutes. Transfer to plates. Top with sauce and oranges. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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