This month, our lovely Pastry Chef Sylvia introduces a new dessert on the menu : the all-time classic Crêpe Suzette, which is now live and flaming on the floor of Le Cirque - a feast for the eyes and the palate ! The "crêpe", a thin pancake, is flambeed in sugar and Grand-Marnier, to fragrances of orange, in the traditional way, before your very eyes.  But who is Suzette ?


The origin of the dish and its name is disputed. One claim is that it was created from a mistake, as it sometimes happens in the kitchen.  The legend says that in 1895, Henri Charpentier, a young waiter at Monte Carlo's Café de Paris, lit the crêpe on fire.  Poor Henri was indeed under a lot of pressure.  The guest he was preparing this for being no other than the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII; whose company included a beautiful French girl named... Suzette. 

"It was quite by accident as I worked in front of a chafing dish that the cordials caught fire. I thought it was ruined. The Prince and his friends were waiting. How could I begin all over? I tasted it. It was, I thought, the most delicious medley of sweet flavors I had ever tasted. I still think so. That accident of the flame was precisely what was needed to bring all those various instruments into one harmony of taste . . . He ate the pancakes with a fork; but he used a spoon to capture the remaining syrup. 

He asked me the name of that which he had eaten with so much relish. I told him it was to be called Crêpes Princesse. He recognized that the pancake controlled the gender and that this was a compliment designed for him; but he protested with mock ferocity that there was a lady present. She was alert and rose to her feet and holding her little skirt wide with her hands she made him a curtsey. 'Will you,' said His Majesty, 'change Crêpes Princesse to Crêpes Suzette?' Thus was born and baptized this confection, one taste of which, I really believe, would reform a cannibal into a civilized gentle-man. The next day I received a present from the Prince, a jewelled ring, a panama hat and a cane."

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