Chocolate and Pistachio Crêpes Suzette


[This is an updated post. It deserved better pictures and a few little changes. So here you go! And why don’t you make this Chocolate Mille Crêpes with Orange pastry cream and caramel while you’re at it!]

I have decided to do another mass-hypnosis experiment today using you, my beloved readers, as guinea pigs. You don’t mind, do you? Don’t be afraid, this won’t hurt a bit. You’re dealing with a highly trained professional who wants YOU to get a ‘taste’ of this uber-cool dessert in the comfort of your own home. See how innocent-looking this is…

Everyone, take a deep breath and look at the picture below. You are now feeling sleepy, sleepy, sleepy, sleepy… zzzzzzzzzz


You are mine now, you are all mine!!… Bwah ha!.. Bwah hahaha..

{Breath in..} Look at the picture of the chocolate crêpe. Take a bite and taste the hints of hazelnut, orange zest, the rum and the overtones of cocoa in the dough. Say yum. {..Breath out}

{Breath in..} Surprise! There is a thin layer of melted milk chocolate in the center of the crêpe but that’s not all… chopped pistachios. The pleasing crunch of pistachios in the delicate wrapping now takes you over. You are sweating profusely. {..Breath out}

{Breath in..} The sweetness of the orange-caramel sauce now kicks-in and marries perfectly the other flavors. The sharp candied orange zest adds depth to the experience. You are feeling tingling in your body. {..Breath out}

{Breath in..} All your senses now come together, you experience a deep moment of bliss also known as.. the Twilight Zen. Repeat this experience again, take another bite and enjoy the textures, the temperatures, the flavors and.. keep your clothes on for chrissake!! {..Breath out}

{Breath in..} You’re now feeling good and relaxed! No!..Feeling a cool breeze on your skin is not a good sign! Put some clothes on, would you! {..Breath out}


  • Chocolate and Pistachio Crêpes Suzette

  • (Recipe adapted from Daniel Boulud in Daniel’s Dish)
  • serves 8
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    • Chocolate and Pistachio Crêpes Suzette:
    • 1 large orange: 1/2 zest removed and julienned; 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 cocoa powder, sifted
    • 1/8 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon dark rum
    • 2 cups milk
    • Orange Caramel & finish:
    • 4 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
    • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
    • pinch of salt
    • 2/3 cup heavy cream
    • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
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      Chocolate and Pistachio Crêpes Suzette:
    • Bring a small saucepan of cold water and the julienned orange zest to a boil. Drain. Return the orange zest to the saucepan. Add 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes. Cool the zest in the syrup.
    • Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk together the flour, hazelnut flour, cocoa, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and the eggs until combined. Whisk in the melted butter, followed by the rum, grated orange zest, and milk, just until each ingredient is incorporated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
    • Make the crêpes in a non-stick 8-inch pan over medium high heat, brushing the pan with melted butter in between each crêpe. As the crêpes are made, stack them on a plate. When the crêpes are cool, put an equal amount of the chocolate and pistachios in the center of each one. Fold the crepes in half and then in half again to form a wedge. (They can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 1 day.)
    • Orange Caramel & Finish:
    • Warm a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle the remaining cup of sugar into the saucepan a little at the 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 for 4 minutes.
    • Warm the remaining 2 tablespoons on butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of 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. Serve with candied zest (or candied orange slices) and pistachios.
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  • cakebrain

    how come my underwear’s on backwards?

  • Manggy

    Zzz… Oh man, I’m naked! Ha ha ha. We’re still friends, but wait till I get my revenge!! *shakes fist*

    I think some people are not comfortable with citrus/ chocolate combinations but I am so totally on board with this! It’s so decadent/elegant. I have never seen unsalted pistachios here, though. Did you mean unsalted?

  • canarygirl

    Holy decadence! Orange and chocolate is one of the best combinations on the entire planet…and adding the pistachios was just pure genius!

  • Elle

    Zen, you don’t need to use your hypnosis on the women…just mention chocolate and I think you’ve hooked us already. 😉 Well, me, anyway. Add orange and nuts, and I’ll do almost anything for a taste of it.


  • Peter M

    Ahahahaha, love this post…I’m at your command, master (droning voice).

    What’s not to like here…booze, chocolate, pistachios and orange.

    Release your grip on me now…I need a sugar fix.

  • Cindy. Lo.

    You changed your Chefs Gone Wild Header,
    It looks nice!

  • Anali

    Oh yum! That was good! ; )

  • Emiline

    Mmmm….I’m totally hypnotized by your crepes suzette. Seriously. I love all of these flavors together.

  • Ryan Placchetti

    I’m hungover, you can’t just go dropping crazy swirls into the middle of a post like that. I almost tossed my cookies.

  • AzAzura

    wow! chocolate crepes its gorgeous!
    i don’t need to be hypnotized with that circle thing.I am always under your (food’s)spell.

  • glamah16

    With this dish I’m yours to control. So good.

  • Mary Coleman

    Danger, Will Robinson, Danger. Back to the ship!

  • TheSassyChef

    Pistachios are definitely the best part of this recipe

  • waliz

    ive been hypnotized already..i cant give u any comment…!

  • Heather

    This is one of those dishes that gets you a lot of ass, isn’t it? I dig the Valencia thing.

    The swirlies gave me fits. I almost swallowed my tongue.

  • Marc @ norecipes

    Mmmm… like crepes with nutella but better!

  • Linda

    wow this looks simply delectable. so glad to have found your site. looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  • Cakespy

    I have this headache and I can’t explain it…but OH do the crepes look fantastic. What a flavor combination!

  • breadpitt

    those crepe sounds good.

  • White On Rice Couple

    I totally gobbled your first delicious crepe picture, then scrolled down to the next one, looked at it with your instructions and….PUKED out all the crepes!
    Don’t know why, but that darn swirly thingy picture made my stomach all queasy.
    Just give me the booze to make me feel better.

  • Big Boys Oven

    so simple and yet so lovely! sounds like you! lol!

  • foodhuntress79

    Hahahaa… you crazy chef. I like the crepes, but I am curious where you get all these hypnosis insanities. Haha.

  • Jenny

    I’m having flashbacks of the creepy hypnotist from the State Fair we would go to every year as kids. I always wondered why people would volenteer to make fools of them selves on stage! No hypnosis required here, your crepes look and sound delicious!

  • Nicole

    Lickin’ my chops right now. I can really taste it. I need to refill my coffee to wash it down now.

  • taste memory

    hazelnut flour+rum+pistachios? I am so there!

    luv that glaze on the orange slice, looks pretty enough to wear…

  • farida

    simply yummy!!!!

  • Chef Erik

    Wowie wow wow! Holy smoke Bat Man! Oh no you didn’t! OK, really though, these looks totally fueda de contro!!!!

  • Nina’s Kitchen (Nina Timm)

    Helllp, my vision is blurred, is that ok, or do I need to up my sugar intake.

  • Lina

    Im dizzy after staring at the swirl…

  • daphne

    oh my.. i’m so hooked.

  • SteamyKitchen

    if you can seduce me from 3,000 miles away, you must drive your wife/girlfriends crazy in bed.

  • Mochachocolata Rita

    it didnt work…the crepes didnt end up on my desk right here right now! :(

  • KayKat

    Mmm … hazelnut flour – I recently discovered it and totally love it!

    Hey, how did I land on this blog? Did someone hypnotize me? Huh?!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    What a beautiful and interesting dessert!

  • Tartelette

    Britney Spears? No. Hypnotized? No. But you sure have me singing Whitney Houston’s “…and I…eeai…will always love you…and I…eeeai…will always love you…” Would you be my Kevin Bodyguard Costner and fight all these people who want your crepe, so I can have a bite?!!

  • beachlover

    you ‘re rally funny!! lol!!

  • aria

    don’t we all dance naked o Britney once and a while? mmmm this crepes look like they gone wild for sure. mmmmm!

  • Claude-Olivier

    bien bien tout ca, meme pas besoin des ronds subliminaux..pis avec une ptite goute de Yquem, tu en penses quoi ? 😉 bonne aprem!

  • TavoLini

    I’m not waking up…

    looks amazing! I think I’m just going to daydream about it all day long.

  • Mike of Mike’s Table

    How did I get here and where are my clothes?

    This looks awesome! I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to the chocolate/citrus combo, but this looks like it would be something amazing.

  • Function of Time

    Looks good dude. Hhmmm, why do I feel the need to call you a dude eh? So I know this is a trick to get women to take their clothes off.

  • cakewardrobe

    UMMMM why do you always make the best fooood???!

  • b

    Please STOP hypnotizing me with your food!!! I cannot bear it!!! :) Really and truly, just posting pictures with the mouthwatering description of the texture and other such qualities of the food… is enough to hypnotize me. Mmmm… must have chocolate and pistachio crepes suzette!!!!

  • Susan from Food Blogga

    OK, you actually got me to laugh out loud at this one. Seriously.

  • Lulu

    I was just suggesting to someone that they add an interactive feature on their blog so we can taste the yummy food at home, little did I know hypnosis is the solution!

  • Antonio Tahhan

    oh man, i love crepes suzette!! what a great flavor profile you have going on, too!

  • anda

    I am confused now: I don’t know what I am more attracted to: the crepes, your post, you :). Better serve me one crepe and I will decide latter.