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How To Make Simple Crepes

Crepes are a delicious, nutritious way to start your day. They’re light, delicious, and easy to make and make for an excellent breakfast, lunch, or snack.

Homemade Crepes beautifully arranged on a plate.

French Crepes Recipe

French crepes are a great way to start the day with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, making a crepes recipe that you and your family will love is easy to make with just a few ingredients.

What are crepes

Crepes originated in France, where they are called “crêpes.” They can be sweet or savory but are often eaten as a dessert.

They are thin, flat, and round and made from a batter made of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The batter is cooked on a hot pan until the edges turn brown and crispy.

Historically, crepes were made out of buckwheat flour in France. Today, they are generally made with all-purpose flour because it is more affordable than buckwheat flour.

Crepes are wrapped around some sort of filling. Popular fillings include Nutella, fruit, or even savory ingredients like cheese and vegetables. They’re easy to make and can be customized any way you like.

Homemade Crepes beautifully arranged on a plate.

What are crepes made of

Crêpes are easy to make with basic ingredients you likely already have on hand:

Flour: These basic French crêpes start with a cup of all-purpose flour.
Eggs: eggs help make your crêpe more tender and rich tasting.
Milk: Milk helps keep your crêpes tender and soft as they cook. It also adds moisture so that they don’t dry out too much during cooking
Salt: added for flavor.
Butter: Butter adds richness and flavor and helps keep your finished product from becoming too dry after frying.

How to make crepes

Making crepes is easier than you think!

  • Start by blending together eggs, milk, flour, and butter until the batter is smooth.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, then pour a ladle of batter into the pan and swirl it around to get an even layer.
  • Leave the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Cook for a few minutes until lightly golden, and then flip to the other side to cook the other side.
  • Repeat with the rest of the batter, and enjoy!

If you don’t have a blender/food processor, simply put all the ingredients inside a large bowl and whisk it together until the batter becomes smooth, then pass the batter through a sieve to get rid of any remaining lump.

Personally, I like to make my crepe batter the night before, so all I have to do is just cook it the next morning.

what to put on crepes

Crepes are versatile and can be filled with sweet or savory ingredients. Try adding Nutella, fresh fruit, and whipped cream for a sweet crepe or cheese, ham, and vegetables for a savory crepe.

Homemade Crepes beautifully arranged on a plate.

Savory Crepes Filling

Savory crepes are a delicious way to switch up your breakfast routine. Try filling them with cheese and ham or vegetables such as spinach and mushrooms. You can also add a creamy sauce on top for an extra flavorful dish. Serve them with a side of salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

Sweet Crepes Filling

Try adding fresh fruit, sugar, and cinnamon for sweet crepes, Nutella and peanut butter are all excellent choices. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream to top it off. In short, you are only limited by your imagination with your choice of fillings as there are so many options.

How to store crepes

Simply wrap the crepes in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for up to two days. To reheat the crepes, heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the crepes to the pan to warm them up. You can store it in the Freezer for up to a month.

How to reheat crepes

Reheating crepes is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the crepes to the pan to warm them up. You can also use a microwave to reheat the crepes, but be sure to cover them with a damp paper towel to avoid them drying out.

Notes:

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Homemade Crepes beautifully arranged on a plate.

Simple Crepes Recipe

Crepes are a delicious, nutritious way to start your day. They're light, delicious, and easy to make and make for an excellent breakfast, lunch, or snack.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 crepes
Calories: 86.5kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled to room temperature
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Blend – Add all your ingredients together into the bowl of the blender or food processor and blend on medium-high until the batter becomes silky smooth.
  • Rest – Pour the batter into a medium bowl and cover with a tight-fitting lid or plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or leave overnight. This step is very important because it allows the gluten to rest so that you will not end up with a tough crepe.
  • Cook – Preheat a 9-12 inch skillet or a non-stick pan and grease with butter. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan, then tilt and rotate the pan to evenly spread the batter. Cook until the batter is set – about 1 to 2 minutes flip to the other side and cook for a couple of more seconds then remove from heat.
  • Fill the crepes with your desired fillings. Please read post for suggested fillings for both sweet and savory crepes.

Notes

  1. Don’t be tempted to add too much batter to the pan at once, otherwise, the crepes will not turn out well. The thinner the crepes, the better the texture.
  2. Don’t overcook the crepes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 86.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 34.7mg | Sodium: 43.1mg | Potassium: 53.1mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3.1g | Vitamin A: 130.8IU | Calcium: 31.5mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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Shalom

Friday 10th of January 2020

Hi Chef Lola please I need a good cook for home service.

angie

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Hi chef lola,please I need a perfect recipe for cupcake!!thank you

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 22nd of February 2016

Alright Angie I will add it to my 'to do' list.

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 30th of November -0001

Alright Angie I will add it to my 'to do' list.

angie

Monday 30th of November -0001

Hi chef lola,please I need a perfect recipe for cupcake!!thank you