This amazing recipe on how to make crepes takes just 20 minutes to whip up using just 5 simple ingredients. These delicious French-style crepes are perfect for breakfast or lunch and can be filled with sweet or savory fillings.
🌟 Why this recipe works
This stunning recipe on how to make crepes proves that you don’t need to be a professional chef to make something delicious. These crepes only require five ingredients; all-purpose flour, milk, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
You will love how light and fluffy the crepes turn out, with a golden-brown color that is irresistible. The delicate texture of these crepes pairs excellently with sweet fillings like Nutella, honey, and bananas or savory fillings like cheese and mushrooms.
The possibilities are endless with this versatile crepes recipe, so let your imagination and cravings run wild. Whether you are looking for a quick breakfast or a sweet dessert, these delicious and easy-to-make crepes have got you covered!
🍽 Key Ingredients
All you need is basic pantry ingredients and a skillet or crepe maker to make fresh crepes.
Flour - All-purpose flour is the best flour for making crepes as it gives the best texture.
Milk - Use room temperature milk for crepes as it helps to prevent lumps in your batter.
Eggs - Eggs help to give the crepes a light and fluffy texture.
Butter - Helps to create a non-stick surface when cooking the crepes.
Salt and sugar - Perfect to enhance the flavor of the crepes.
If you don't have all the ingredients in this recipe, some substitutions can be made.
You can substitute regular dairy milk for non-dairy milk, like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.
Almond flour can be used in place of all-purpose flour for a nuttier flavor.
🔪 How to make
Our guide on how to make crepes is surprisingly easy and only takes a few steps to make the perfect French crepes.
In the bowl of a blender, add crepe ingredients in the order they are listed: warm water, milk, eggs, melted butter, flour, sugar and a pinch of salt.
Blend until well combined, scraping down the blender with spatula if needed.
Heat a medium (9-inch) non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a tiny dot of butter** and spread it around with spatula to lightly coat.
Once butter is hot, add about 3 tablespoon of batter, or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan, swirling the skillet as you add the batter to evenly coat the bottom of pan. Sauté about 30 seconds per side or until lightly golden then flip using thin spatula and sauté another 30 seconds or until second side is golden.
Flip crepe out onto a clean surface such as a cutting board and let layers cool to room temp before stacking.
Serve with your favorite toppings.
💭 Cooking tips
Chill the crepe batter
Chilling the batter before making crepes helps to relax the gluten and makes your crepes lighter.
Don't overcook them
For soft, easy-to-fold crepes, make sure you don't overcook them. Once the edges start to curl up and the crepe easily comes away from the bottom of the skillet, it's time to flip it over. The crepe should be lightly browned on the bottom but still have a pale color.
Spread the batter evenly
Make sure to swirl the batter as soon as you pour the batter into the skillet so that it evenly spreads out into a thin layer.
📖 Recipe Variations
This delicious crepe recipe is made for the best of both worlds! You can fill and fold your freshly made crepes with savory or sweet ingredients, but if you want to make them sweet or with a different texture, here are a few variations to the batter that you can try.
To make chocolate crepes, add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the batter.
Add ¼ cup of granulated sugar to the batter for a sweeter crepe.
🥗 What to serve with
Crepes are the perfect comfort food! Whether you're making savory or sweet crepes, there are plenty of delicious toppings and fillings to choose from. Here are some great ideas for what to serve with your freshly made crepes:
Fresh berries and fruit: Fill your crepes with fresh fruit, like mango, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries. Try my delicious crepe cake recipe.
Top with yogurt and honey: Add some Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey to your crepes.
Maple syrup and whipped cream: A classic combination that never fails! Simply add some maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream for the perfect sweet treat.
Banana & Nutella: Spread some Nutella on the crepe and add a few slices of banana to enjoy this classic combination.
Powdered sugar and cinnamon: Sprinkle some powdered sugar and cinnamon for a simple but delicious topping.
Ham & cheese: For a savory crepe, roll them up in some shredded cheese or cheese slices and deli ham for a delicious breakfast or lunch.
Smoked salmon with cream cheese: Spread a layer of cream cheese over the crepe and place slices of smoked salmon on top for something creamy and salty.
Mushrooms, spinach & feta: For an even more flavorful savory crepe, add some sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and feta cheese to the mix.
Scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage: For a more filling crepe, sauté chopped bacon or sausages and make scrambled eggs.
These are just some of the many fillings you can have for your crepes, so let your imagination run wild and creative.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Is crepe batter the same as pancake batter?
No, crepes are like very thin pancakes that do not contain a rising agent, like baking soda or baking powder. Pancakes have a thicker batter and rise during cooking.
Can I make crepe batter ahead of time?
Yes, you can make crepe batter ahead of time. You can prepare the batter and refrigerate it in a bottle or jug for 2 days. Make sure you give it a good stir before using it.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
If you have leftover cooked crepes, you can store and reheat them for another quick breakfast or lunch.
Fridge - Stack the leftover crepes with wax paper in between each crepe on a plate covered with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer - You can also freeze crepes by stacking them on a plate in batches of 6 to 8 with parchment paper in between. Once frozen, store them in freezer bags or a freezer container for up to 4 months.
Reheating - The best and quickest way to reheat leftover crepes is to microwave them for 30 seconds or quickly warm them in a hot skillet for 1 to 2 minutes.
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👪 Serving size
This delicious recipe on how to make crepes provides 15 crepes, which is enough to feed 4 to 6 people. However, you can easily double or triple this recipe to make more crepes and even store the batter for another day.
Crepes are a versatile and delicious way to start the day. Whether you're looking for something sweet or savory, there's a crepe filling for everyone. Plus, with the ability to make and store both the batter and cooked crepes ahead of time, you can enjoy them any day of the week! So why not give them a try today?
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How to Make Crepes
- ½ cup Warm water
- 1 cup 2% Milk
- 4 large Eggs
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter - melted, plus more to sauté
- 1 cup All-purpose flour - *measured correctly
- 2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- In the bowl of a blender, add crepe ingredients in the order they are listed: warm water, milk, eggs, melted butter, flour, sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Blend until well combined, scraping down the blender with spatula if needed.
- Heat a medium (9-inch) non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a tiny dot of butter** and spread it around with spatula to lightly coat.
- Once butter is hot, add about 3 tablespoon of batter, or enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan, swirling the skillet as you add the batter to evenly coat the bottom of pan. Sauté about 30 seconds per side or until lightly golden then flip using thin spatula and sauté another 30 seconds or until second side is golden.
- Flip crepe out onto a clean surface such as a cutting board and let layers cool to room temp before stacking.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.