Episode 109: Classic Conclusions

| September 10, 2011

Jacques and his best friend of 50 years, Jean-ClaudeCrêpes a la Confiture are a childhood favorite of many a Frenchman including both Jacques and his best friend of 50 years, Jean-Claude. Jacques quickly makes the crepe batter for this tasty dessert as a step-by-step demonstration in the same time that it takes to heat the pan. The show continues with Orange Soufflé Crêpes that are baked until puffy in the oven. A spectacular Baked Alaska follows using simple ingredients that must be served straight from the oven because of the treat’s hidden frozen center. The show ends on a light note with a simply delicious Apricot and Pistachio Soufflé.

(Only the linked recipes are available online. Other episode recipes are available by purchasing Jacques’ book, Essential Pepin.)

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  1. armen says:

    I would like to know which book has the recipe for(Orange Soufflé Crêpes)?

  2. Tobey says:

    armen, the book is called Essential Pepin, there is a link to it above…

  3. Istvan says:

    Thank you Jack for bringing back sweet memories

  4. Martin says:

    More shows like this one! It’s quite entertaining to see Jacques and Jean-Claude play off of each other. Reminds one of Jacques’ shows with Julia Child once upon a time.

    And as always the instruction in cooking technique is the absolute best on television. The knowledge these two culinary wise men present to the viewers is a precious gift indeed.

  5. Stephanie says:

    This guy is such a class act. He has always been a top chef even during days I saw him first with Julia Childs. I never realized how simple baked alaska could be. No one sells this on their pastry menus anymore.

  6. lillian nugent says:

    i love mr pepin, i think his family give him much love and respect that he so deserves.i have never seen something that didnt look wonderful and cannot wait to try. thank you so much for all your wonderful cooking

  7. Karen Weismehl says:

    Any chance to get the orange souffle crepe recipe I first saw on tv Feb. 28, from Sept. 10, 2011? I just love Pepin!! Thank you so much——-

    • Only the linked recipes are available online. Other episode recipes like the orange souffle crepes are available by purchasing my book, Essential Pepin.

  8. AuntieBetty says:

    Jacques Pepin is indeed a beloved chef. His style is classy but easy. His latest cookbook “Essential Pepin” is worth every penny. I cherish the collection of his books I have and am also pleased to have the DVDs.

  9. Capecod145 says:

    Its so much fun to watch Jacques Pepin cooking show and see the things I can actually make for my family, that are delicious……He is a very classy man and we don’t have many around.  Thank you Mr. Pepin………KGM

  10. I enjoy this show so much, my favorite of his saying is that his last meal could be bread and butter.

  11. Pepin-fiend says:

    Just finished watching this episode for the second time and, once again, was struck by the way Mr. Pépin ill-treated his old friend. Is it just me, or was Pépin consistently rude? To be honest, I was uncomfortable watching the episode. My wife tells me they were just “razzing” each other. I have doubts. Please respond with your thoughts.

    • Yes I thought he seemed a little rude to his friend but his friend knows his personality and probably does not take it seriously.

    • Paul Barina says:

      C’mon, this is the 21st century; everyone should know by now this how real men share affection: If you’re a real man, you’re only nice to people you don’t care about. ;’]

    • 270485 says:

      Although I love his cooking, I also thought he was being rude and disrespectful to his friend. I do hope they were indeed just “razzing” each other … but, come to think of it, it was pretty one-sided.

    • A.Chan says:

      I have two possible answers for that. One, they’re French. French humor could be different from American humor. Not all countries have the same form of humor. What you find to be rude, others can find to be funny. Also there’s the generational thing. When I watched Julia Child’s later shows, I sometimes found her rude whenever a chef makes a suggestion and she replies with “Fine!”. Nowadays it’s usually seen as rude and often sarcastic. Back during the 50s-60s though, probably not.

    • Neil Morris says:

      These two lifelong friends are so close that they tease each other constantly. The teasing goes both ways. Thank goodness neither of these two terrific gentlemen are as over-sensitive as you appear to be. I find it very endearing how comfortable the are with each other.

      • Laszlo Vass says:

        Nicely said, Neil. This is two old friends teasing each other. Watch them on the new series “Heart and Soul” and you see the same thing. People are way overly sensitive about this interaction. They’re just having fun and Jean Claude gets a few in on Jacques as well, so relax and enjoy the great cooking.

  12. thankyouMrPepin says:

    I am new to Mr. Pepins cooking and I’m finding it easy to get caught up in his joyful cooking. What a pleasure it must be to be his friend in the kitchen. These two guys have a blast together. Imagine telling a famous pastry chef such as Jean Claude, “You are not whipping the eggs correctly.” Hah! I have now started on a quest to watch all of Mr. Pepin’s videos. I also like to see how he lovingly explains food secrets to his daughter and granddaughter (and me). What’s not to like about a cook who considers chocolate a vegetable.

  13. MollyPitcher28 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Mr. Pepin was rude, condescending, combative, and overly competitive with his “friend” Jean Claude. In fact, Jean Claude looked like he was really ticked off with Jacques throughout the show.

  14. Carl Fournier says:

    I have read some of the previous comments about Jacques being cruel or nasty to Jean Claude. It is a bit heavy handed, but Jean Claude seems to take in stride and realizes that Jacques is the star of the show. Jacques Pepin is French, however much he claims to be American, he has a Gallic soul and heart. He is still fun to watch and very educational. Happy cooking monsieur et chef Pepin!

  15. Neil Morris says:

    Wow! How totally incorrect in your assessment of Chef Pepin. He is a warm living father, and I especially enjoy the episodes with his daughter BECAUSE if the obvious love in their relationship. You must have had an awful sheltered existence if you cannot recognize the love and affection behind such teasing between two people who are that comfortable and secure with each other. Shame you didn’t “call PBS;” no doubt it would have provided much amusement for the poor operator who would have taken your call.

  16. Evonne Dunne says:

    I understand the discomfort at the style of the repartee, but, after having watched the back-and-forth between these two friends, I think it’s just very good-natured ragging (or razzing) born of a deep friendship. It’s just that Jean-Claude has a very quiet demeanour which, when coupled with his very dead-pan expression, could make the exchanges seem almost like one-sided “bullying”. But I can see that it’s very well meant, and well received, by the glints in the men’s eyes and by their wry smiles (which are probably a bit too subtle for ‘television’). I am of the opinion that the original poster (and the others who shared his/her discomfort) can rest assured that it’s an example of friendly banter between two very good friends and equals.