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"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't
~ Lucy Van Pelt, in 'Peanuts' by Charles M.
Chocolate and Pistachio Crêpes Suzette
Daniel's Dish: Entertaining
at Home with a Four-Star Chef
Copyright © 2003 Daniel Boulud Ltd, by Daniel Boulud
Makes 6 to 8
1 large orange: 1/2 zest removed with
a vegetable peeler and
1/2 zest finely grated
1 1/3 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar
6 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup hazelnut flour*, sifted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
(preferably Dutch process), sifted
1/8 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon dark rum
2 cups milk
4 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
2/3 cup heavy cream
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
* Hazelnut flour is available from
9821 Holmquist Road, Lynden, Washington, 98264, 1.800.720.0895
small saucepan of cold water and the julienned orange zest to a
Return the orange zest to the saucepan. Add 1 cup of water
and 1/3 cup sugar and
bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Cool the zest in the syrup. (The orange zest can be prepared
a day ahead
and refrigerated in the sugar syrup in a covered container.)
Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk together the all-purpose flour,
hazelnut flour, cocoa, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and the
eggs just until combined. Whisk in the melted butter, followed by the rum,
grated orange zest, and milk, just until each ingredient is incorporated. For
convenience, pour the batter into a pitcher with a spout. Cover the pitcher with
plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.
When ready to make the crêpes, set a large plate or a small baking sheet close
to the stove and line it with a piece of plastic wrap. Heat a nonstick 8-inch
crêpe pan over medium-high heat. While the pan is warming, melt 1 tablespoon of
the butter in another pan. Stir the crêpe batter to bring it together again.
Swirl a few drops of the melted butter over the bottom of the hot crêpe pan.
Lift the pan off the heat and pour in about 2 tablespoons of the batter, tilting
the pan and swirling the batter so that it covers the bottom of the pan in a
very thin even layer. Return the pan to the heat and cook the crêpe until it
starts to bubble on top. Run a blunt knife or spatula around the edge of the
crêpe, then lift it up with your fingers and flip it over. Cook the other side
for only about 20 seconds. Transfer to the lined plate and continue making
crêpes, dotting the pan with butter between crêpes, until you’ve used all the
batter. You should have about 8 crêpes. As the crêpes are made, stack
them on the plate.
When the crêpes are cool, put an equal amount of the chocolate and
pistachios in the center of each one. Fold the crêpes in half and then in
half again, to form a wedge. (They can be covered with plastic wrap and
refrigerated up to 1 day.)
Warm a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle the remaining
cup of sugar into the saucepan a little at a time, and as the sugar melts, add
more while stirring. When the caramel has turned a dark-amber color, add
the orange juice, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. Continue to cook, stirring,
until the caramel has dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes.
Warm the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large nonstick
skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of the caramel to the pan. Add half of the
crêpes and rewarm, for about 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining
crêpes and caramel. Transfer each crêpe to a warm dinner plate, dust with
confectioners’ sugar and drizzle with some of the warm sauce. Serve immediately.
[Unless I have overlooked something, it seems that the cookbook forgot to
mention what to do with the candied orange zest. The photograph of this dessert
shows the serving plate strewn with a few pistachios and candied julienned
orange zest. Ed.]
medium-bodied 10-year-old tawny Port like those produced by Taylor
Fonseca will draw the chocolate and nut flavors from the crêpes while
a counterpoint to the slightly bitter orange zests.
with Strawberries and Saffron Sauce and
Chocolate Crêpes with Tangerines and
Fitzgerald and Crêpes Suzette
with Fresh Strawberries
Daniel Boulud's Chocolate Mousse Trio
Boulud's Sacher Torte
Daniel Boulud's Far Breton with Orange Salad
Grand Marnier Éclairs
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