Homemade Crepes

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  • These homemade crepes come together quickly with simple ingredients. Not too sweet and with a light vanilla flavor these are perfect with fruit and whipped cream for a breakfast or dessert that will leave you wanting more!

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    What is a crepe?

    A crepe is a very thin pancake. It is made with the same ingredients as a basic pancake recipe; however it has a higher liquid to flour ratio and contains no leaveners.

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    It can be sweet or savory and is usually rolled or folded and served with a variety of fillings.

    When filled with savory fillings the crepes are served hot and are equally great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When filled with sweet fillings, crepes are generally served for breakfast or dessert and can be served hot or cold.

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    Crepes with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

    Crepe Recipe Ingredients

    Crepes look fancy, but they are actually made with very basic pantry ingredients.

    ingredients for crepes

    You will need:

    • Eggs
    • Milk
    • Water
    • Butter
    • Salt
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Vanilla

    If you are making savory crepes, omit the sugar and vanilla

    close up of folded crepe

    How to Make Crepes

    Begin by adding the eggs, milk, water, melted butter and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Whisk until smooth.

    plate of plain folded crepes

    Next, add the sugar and salt and slowly whisk in the flour. Whisk until the batter is very smooth with no lumps.

    If you prefer, you can add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Once you’ve mixed the batter, place it in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

    PRO TIP:  Don’t skip the resting phase. This allows the bubbles that formed while mixing to dissipate and the flour to hydrate resulting in a better texture crepe.

    Remove the batter from the refrigerator and give it a gentle stir to reincorporate any ingredients that have separated. Heat a 9-inch skillet over medium heat and brush with butter. 

    how to make crepes

    Lift the pan off the heat and add just under ¼ cup of batter to the center of the pan. Gently swirl the pan so the batter evenly coats the bottom and return the pan to the heat.

    Allow the crepe to cook for 45-60 seconds. The edges should look dry and there should be some large bubbles starting to rise up in the center. Flip the crepe and cook 15-20 seconds longer

    Remove the crepes to a plate and cover with a clean tea towel to keep them warm. Repeat the process until all batter has been used.

    crepes filled with lemon curd and fresh raspberries
    Crepes with Lemon Curd

    To serve, they can be folded into quarters, liked pictured, or rolled like a burrito.

    Crepe Filling Ideas

    The choice of crepe fillings and toppings is only limited by your imagination. However, there are a few fillings that are common and will always please a crowd.

    For sweet crepes you may want to try one (or a few) of the following:

    fruit crepes on a plate

    For savory crepes:

    • Diced ham
    • Shredded cheese
    • Sautéed mushrooms
    • Wilted spinach
    • Caramelized onions
    • Feta cheese
    • Goat cheese

    French Heritage

    Crêpes originate from Brittany, which is a region in the northwest of France. The crêpe was first created around the 12th century and was originally made with buckwheat flour.

    It wasn’t until the 20th century when wheat flour became the common ingredient used for crêpes. 

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    Since their first introduction in the 12th century, crêpes have made their way across France and are considered the national dish. To celebrate this delectable dish, February 2nd has been designated The Day of the Crepe (le jour des crêpes).

    Traditionally they are made on a French cooktop with a thin wooden tool called a crepe spatula or crepe spreader. There is a magical dance watching professional crepe makers thin them out and flip them. Using a nonstick skillet is much easier, just be mindful to not make them too thick!

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    Homemade Crepes

    These homemade crepes come together quickly with simple ingredients. Not too sweet and with a light vanilla flavor these are perfect with fruit and whipped cream for a breakfast or dessert that will leave you wanting more!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Resting Time30 mins
    Total Time55 mins
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert
    Cuisine: French
    Keyword: homemade crepes, how to make crepes
    Servings: 14
    Calories: 81kcal
    Author: Deanna Hill

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Place eggs, milk, water, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
    • Add the sugar, salt then slowly whisk the flour into the wet ingredients. Whisk well until the batter is smooth and contains no lumps.
      crepe batter in a mixing bowl
    • Alternatively, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
    • Place mixed batter in the refrigerator to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight.
    • When ready to cook, remove the batter from the fridge and give a gentle stir to reincorporate any ingredients that have separated.
    • Heat a 9-inch non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, lightly brush with butter.
    • Lift pan off the heat and add just under ¼ cup of batter to the middle of the pan. Quickly tilt the pan and swirl to coat the entire bottom of the pan with batter. Return to heat.
      crepe in a nonstick skillet
    • Cook for 45-60 seconds until edges look dry and there are large bubbles forming in the middle.
    • Carefully flip and cook an additional 15-20 seconds then remove from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with a clean tea towel.
    • Repeat process until you have used all the batter.
    • Serve with desired fillings.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Notes

    Nutritional Information is for a crepe only, no filling or topping included. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
    close up of folded crepes with strawberries

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