French creps aren’t as complex as you think. My family often asks for this classic crepe recipe on weekends. They come out with a delicate texture and rich and buttery edges. No special tricks or pans are needed, and with just 6 simple ingredients, you’ll want to make them all the time!
Best Crepe Recipe
This is the best crepe recipe, allowing you to make these fancy and elegant-looking crepes without taking up gobs of time or a fuss in the kitchen. And you can top them any way you choose!
- Flour – use all-purpose flour (or your gluten-free version if you need to) as the base of the batter.
- Sugar – breakfast crepes aren’t designed to be super-sweet on their own so don’t go crazy.
- Salt – just a pinch adds balance.
- Whole milk – it’s best for the batter to have a rich texture.
- Eggs – like with regular pancakes, it helps bind your french crepe recipe together.
- Butter – you’ll need it for the pan to add that rich taste.
Easy Crepe Recipe
In just 16 minutes and with just 6 basic ingredients, you’ll be able to make this easy crepe recipe. Even if you’re a kitchen novice, you’ll quickly become a pro at turning out this delightful treat!
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How do you make Crepes from Scratch?
First, you’ll make the crepe batter. Then you’ll let the batter sit so it develops bubbles. That means it’s ready! You can melt butter in your pan and start cooking up your homemade crepes. They take just a few minutes each. Top them with berries and whipped cream, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you like!
What kind of milk do you use for crepes?
You can use any kind of milk for crepes, even dairy-free options. Though the best crepes will come from using whole milk.
What is crepe batter made of?
A basic crepe recipe only takes 5 ingredients to make crepe batter. You’ll need flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and whole milk. You’ll need butter for the pan.
Is crepe batter the same as pancake batter?
There’s a difference between crepe batter and pancake batter in that pancake batter uses leavening agents such as baking soda or baking powder. This gets it to rise for the texture you know and love. Crepe batter doesn’t have leavening agents, giving it that distinctive thin and soft texture.
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Crepes Every Time
- Butter – with crepes, you must add butter to the pan between every crepe you cook. It keeps it from sticking and renders it with that buttery taste and crispy edges.
- Lift & Twirl – lift up the pan and twirl it after adding the batter into your pan. This helps stretch it out as far as possible so it has that thin texture. After all, crepes are supposed to be thin. If they’re thick, they’ll be more like pancakes, which isn’t bad but if you’re going for crepes you want thin.
- Blend it – although I prefer to hand mix, you can use a blender to mix up the crepe batter more quickly. Just be careful not to overmix.
How To Cook Crepes
When making a simple crepe recipe, you start by making the crepe batter. Once your batter is ready, the rest takes just a few minutes. You’ll butter your pan and add the crepe batter to the center. Swirl the pan so the batter spreads thin. After 3 minutes, flip it and cook the other side. Don’t forget to add more butter to the pan between each crepe!
Do crepes need to be flipped?
Yes. You must cook them 3 minutes on each side in order to cook thoroughly then flip using a spatula.
How do you flip a crepe without breaking it?
It certainly helps to chill the crepe batter well before cooking. This should help you from breaking it. As for technique, flip it as you would with an omelet.
What is the difference between a pancake and a crepe?
Pancakes and crepes use mostly the same ingredients, but pancakes have baking powder to give them a little lift. Crepes are thinner and more delicate as well. It is not recommended to try and make crepes with pancake mix.
What is healthier pancakes or crepes?
Comparing one pancake to one crepe, a crepe is healthier. However, crepes are easy to stack and enjoy too so watch out how many you eat, and watch what you top them with.
Are crepes just thin pancakes?
Not exactly, a crepe is a thinner pancake although crepe mix does not contain baking powder, the key ingredient to getting pancakes to rise.
Best Toppings for Crepes
If you love sweet crepes, fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries) and powdered sugar are favorites in my house for crepes. However, you can experiment to find your favorite crepe fillings. You can even have a crepe bar where everyone adds what they want. Try strawberry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sliced bananas, peanut butter, or Nutella. You can even add savory crepe toppings like smoked salmon, capers, ham, mushrooms, bacon, tomato, spinach, ricotta, cream cheese, or pesto and sauteed veggies. The sky is the limit!
How to Store Leftover Crepes
Once they cool, you can layer your crepes between paper towels or wax paper and store them in a plastic zip-lock bag. They’ll be good for up to 5 days.
Can You Freeze Crepes?
Yes, you can freeze crepes. Just take that bag of layered crepes and put them in the freezer. Enjoy them before 2 months.
How to Reheat Frozen Crepes
Ready to eat your frozen crepes? Move them to the fridge to thaw for 24 hours. Then take the stack out of the bag and microwave for 15 seconds.
The Perfect Crepe Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter
- Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Then using a spoon, create an empty space in the middle of the flour mixture and add the eggs.
- Gradually pour in the milk, whisking to combine after each addition. Allow the batter to stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, until bubbles form along the top.
- Melt the butter in a non stick pan over medium heat. Drop about 1/4 cup of the batter evenly onto the pan and swirl to evenly coat.
- Cook the crepe for 3 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve the crepes immediately with fresh berries and powdered sugar (or any topping of your choice!)
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