There is one dessert that always causes a sensation on Queen Mary 2. Several menus include Crêpes Suzette and everyone is in the know, it’s the dessert of choice those evenings!
Many chefs have claimed the parentage of this much loved treat. In fact it was invented by a French chef called Henri Charpentier. At the time he was working at the Café de Paris in Monaco, which was frequented by the high society of the day. The young chef was preparing pancakes for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, when the liqueur with which he was basting the pancakes caught light. Unabashed he carried on sprinkling them with sugar, which was caramelized.
The prince really liked the pancakes so Charpenitier proposed to dedicate the invention to the prince, calling them Crêpes Princesse. Being a true gentleman, the prince replied that the recipe should be named after the young woman named Suzette with whom he was dining.
Setting aside this anecdote, everyone onboard agrees how delicious Crépes Suzette are, when prepared tableside at the last moment in the grills. They are always a great success.
On Queen Mary 2 this dish symbolizes the perfect fit between the kitchens and the dining room. It is excellent team-work that ensures that meals onboard the world’s finest liner are always a special event.
Fold each pancake twice, place two on pretty dessert dishes and pour the hot sauce on top. Serve immediately.