Crepes

08.04.2018

Crepes are a staple recipe!  These are perfectly thin and tender, deliciously buttery and delicate and cooked to golden brown speckled perfection. Dust them with powdered sugar, serve with maple syrup or fill with fresh fruit and cream. The options are endless!

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What is a Crepe?

A crepe is a very thin pastry typically served for breakfast (similar to pancakes) or dessert. They trace their roots to the Greeks and then after that to the French.

If you visit France, be sure to visit the many crêperies that are found in Brittany (something I can’t wait to do!). Crepes typically come in a sweet and savory version. (I’ve included a recipe for savory below).

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Best Crepe Batter Ratio

This is the ratio I like for crepes, 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 cups milk, and 3 eggs. Some may say it’s 1 too many eggs but they give the crepes a better overall structure/texture and they hold together better and aren’t tearing as much.

I’ve tested with both 2 and 3 eggs, go for 3. Also why use water when you can use milk? It gives more flavor as does a hint of vanilla.

For crepes my favorite method for mixing the batter is just to use the blender for a smooth lump free batter (plus bonus, it’s the fastest mixing method). Then to let the batter settle and to allow the liquids to saturate the starches you need to let the batter rest for 1 hour (in a rush 30 minutes will probably do).

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Do I Need a Crepe Maker or Crepe Pan?

I’ve never owned a crepe maker or crepe pan so don’t worry about buying a special pan just to make crepes. Just a non-stick pan with a good non-stick coating will do (I just don’t recommend use a pan where the coating has started to wear off, the crepes may stick).

How to Make Crepes

I actually shared this recipe just last year but we made a video so I had to share this recipe again so you could see for yourself crepes are a breeze!

 

Crepes Recipe

Crepe Fillings

Crepes are the perfect base for all your favorite filling and toppings. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

  • Nutella and diced strawberries
  • Sliced bananas and caramel sauce
  • Sweetened cream cheese or mascarpone and berry fruit compote (or try THIS whipped cheesecake topping!)
  • Cannoli filling
  • Lemon curd
  • Sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Yogurt
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Or go the savory route (omit the sugar and vanilla) and fill with ham or bacon and eggs (like THESE)

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Tips for Perfect Crepes

  • Use a blender to mix the batter, this ensures thorough mixing and prevents lumps.
  • Let batter rest at least 1 hour. This helps gluten develop leaving you with soft and tender crepes.
  • Use a non-stick pan! And heavy bottom is preferred. This allows even heat and no sticking.
  • Cook over medium heat. These are delicate and you don’t want to burn over a hotter setting.
  • Use butter to grease the pan, butter equals better flavor vs. using oil or a non-stick spray.
  • Measure out the portion of batter, that way your crepes won’t be too thin or too thick. You’ll have just the right amount of batter.
  • Get ready to tilt and swirl! The pan will be warm so you’ll want to immediately start swirling around so the batter doesn’t just settle and cook in the middle.
  • Serve them warm. You can cover cooked crepes with a clean kitchen towel so they stay warm while you cook the remainder.

Do you Think This is the Best Crepe Recipe?

I used to be too intimidated to try and make crepes but then one day I gave it a go, then of course I realized how easy it was and now I’m hooked. It really is a must have recipe!

Try this recipe for yourself and tell me what you think in the comments below. Do you think it’s the best crepe recipe too??

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Crepes

5 from 5 votes

These are my idea of the perfect crepes. Perfectly thin and incredibly delicious! Can be made sweet or savory. Dust with powdered sugar or fill with your favorite crepe fillings.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Crepes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) milk (preferably 2%)
  • 1 cup (142g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp (42g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Butter for pan
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Desired fillings (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add milk, flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla and eggs to a blender, then blend on low speed until well combined, about 10 seconds.

  2. Scrape sides and bottom of blender if there's any flour sticking and blend a few seconds longer.

  3. Cover and chill 1 hour (or overnight if desired).
  4. Heat a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. 
  5. Gently stir batter with a spoon just to blend separated layers. 
  6. Lightly butter skillet then lift pan and pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into pan, immediately tilt and swirl pan in circular motion to evenly coat entire bottom portion of pan with batter.

  7. Cook until golden brown brown on bottom then use an offset spatula to lift an edge of the crepe, grab the edge of the crepe with your fingertips and flip crepe to opposite side. Cook until golden brown spots appear on bottom.

  8. Transfer to a wire rack. Repeat until all of the batter has been used up (if needed reduce burner temperature slightly).

  9. Dust crepes with powdered sugar and roll or fold into fourths, or fill with desired fillings then fold.
Nutrition Facts
Crepes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 68mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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37 comments

  • Rena: What is your cream cheese filling recipe August 7, 2018 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Deanne: These have become a weekend tradition for us! One of our favorite breakfast recipes, thanks! August 6, 2018 at 9:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! Thanks for commenting! August 6, 2018 at 11:21am Reply

  • Jennifer Collins: I have a old recipe puff pancake. Is done on the oven. August 5, 2018 at 8:18am Reply

  • Megan: Do you let the batter rest at room temperature or should you put the batter in the fridge for the hour? August 4, 2018 at 9:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s chilled as mentioned in the recipe :). Hope you enjoy! August 4, 2018 at 2:18pm Reply

  • Joan: Best crepes ever! Thanks for the recipe! April 8, 2018 at 9:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Joan – glad you enjoyed them! April 12, 2018 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Amy: Our family loves crepes! It is our most requested birthday breakfast. We have an old electric crepe maker from the 70’s – Avocado green and everything! It just bit the dust a few weeks ago, on someone’s birthday. I was worried I would not be able to make crepes anymore. This method is different, but sounds doable. We have another birthday coming up in a few weeks, so I will give this a try. Thanks! March 31, 2017 at 8:38pm Reply

  • veronica: This recipe is great! My family is russian so crepes is our number one go to recipe always. And this recipe is really good. It also tastes really great to! and the last time i made this i dindnt have an hour for the dough to rest adn it still came out really good. March 27, 2017 at 11:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved them Veronica! March 27, 2017 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Micaela: Have you tried freezing them? I Like to make double batches of everthing. Saves me time. Just wondering if they freeze well. March 25, 2017 at 2:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried but you should be able to freeze these between sheets of wax paper or parchment paper in an airtight container. March 26, 2017 at 10:37pm Reply

      • Lily Nicholls: Wow! This looks delicious I will try it out and it will be my recipe during- Easter breakfast March 27, 2017 at 1:39am Reply

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