For Shrove Tuesday: Crepes Suzette with fresh Ceylon Cinnamon
For Shrove Tuesday tomorrow, which is pancake day here in the UK, Crepes Suzette is the best way to indulge yourself before Lent. Our favourites came from the basement pancake shop half-way down the highstreet in the Alpine village of Zermatt in Switzerland. There are no cars in Zermatt and people queue for these pancakes in the silent, snowy street.
Tip: don't be shy of buying ready-made pancakes. They are very good and, once you have prepared them like this, you will never be able to taste the difference.
Ingredients (enough for about 8 pancakes):
Juice of 2 oranges
Zest of 1 orange
75g caster sugar
Slosh of Grand Marnier
1 stick of fresh Ceylon cinnamon
Pour the orange juice into a saucepan, add the zest, butter, sugar and half of the cinnamon stick. Bring the mix to the boil and then simmer gently, stirring until it absorbs the cinnamon taste and becomes syrupy – about 15 mins.
Fold the pancakes into quarters and arrange them in a pan or flame-proof dish.
Remove the cinnamon stick and then pour the warm syrup over the pancakes.
Warm the pancakes through for 2 or 3 mins.
Warm the Grand Marnier in the syrupy saucepan and pour it over the pancakes. You can set light to the Grand Marnier but this burns off the alcohol, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Serve straightaway and sprinkle with the other half of the cinnamon stick, freshly grated.