Easy Crepes Recipe

Ooh, la la! Les crêpes sont très délicieuses, n'est-ce pas? Crepes are essentially French pancakes, and their defining characteristic is that they tend to be very thin. Recipe developer Catherine Brookes of Blue Sky Eating says that crepes "require super simple ingredients and are fun to make." She also describes them as "incredibly versatile," due to the fact that they can be used with either savory or sweet fillings.

This particular crepe recipe is fairly universal and therefore does not include any kind of sweetener, so it can be used in either sweet or savory applications. They're the perfect blank canvas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. If you happen to have an insatiable sweet tooth, Brookes says "you could add a tablespoon or so [of sugar]" to the batter. That said, even unsweetened crepes make an excellent vehicle for fresh berries, chocolate, and more.

Collect the crepe ingredients

Brookes wasn't kidding about the simplicity of the ingredients needed to make crepes. Check your pantry — surely you've got flour. Now open the fridge and look to see if you have eggs, milk, and maybe some butter to grease the pan. No butter? No problem; just grab some neutral-flavored oil. The only other ingredient you'll need for the crepes is water.

Make the crepe batter

Measure the flour, then sift it into a bowl. Make a well in the flour, then crack the eggs into this well. Add a little of the milk and water, whisk, then add a bit more of both liquids. Keep adding milk and water, whisking all the while, until you have a nice, smooth batter.

Chill the crepe batter

Before you can cook the crepes, you will need to cover the bowl and chill it for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours. As Brookes explains, "Refrigerating the batter for at least 1 hour before frying the crepes allows the liquid and flour to fully combine."  This, she goes on to say, will "result ... in a more tender crepe."

Cook the crepes

Heat a little bit of oil or butter in an 11- or 12-inch skillet with the burner set to medium. Once the pan is hot, stir the batter and pour about ⅙ of it (roughly ¼ cup, but you can eyeball it) into the pan. As soon as it hits the pan, swirl the crepe batter around until it covers the entire bottom of the pan. As the crepe cooks, run a spatula around the rim to keep it from sticking. Cook the crepe for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip it and cook it for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove your crepe from the skillet, then repeat the process until you've used up all of the batter.

Once the crepes are done, you can top them or fill them any way you like. Brookes has a number of suggestions, including yogurt, honey, fresh fruit, Nutella, peanut butter, or a classic combo of sugar and lemon juice. "You can even go savory with cheese and ham," she says. However you eat them, bon appétit!

Easy Crepes Recipe
5 from 33 ratings
These simple crepes are not only easy, but also versatile. Use them as a blank canvas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
Prep Time
5
minutes
Cook Time
35
minutes
Servings
6
Crepes
plain crepes with assorted berries
Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil, for frying
Optional Ingredients
  • fresh berries, for serving
  • honey, for serving
Directions
  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour, then crack the eggs into the well.
  3. Add the milk and water a little at a time while whisking. Continue until all the liquid has been added and the batter is smooth.
  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours.
  5. Heat a small amount of oil or butter in an 11- or 12-inch skillet over medium.
  6. Once the pan is hot, pour some batter into the center of the pan, then immediately swirl it around so it completely covers the surface in a thin layer.
  7. Run a spatula around the edge of the crepe as it cooks to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  8. Cook the crepe for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip it. Cook the crepe for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Remove the crepe from pan.
  9. Repeat the process until all of the crepe batter has been used up.
  10. Fill or top the crepe as desired (fresh berries, yogurt, honey, etc).
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 158
Total Fat 7.0 g
Saturated Fat 3.7 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 76.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 2.2 g
Sodium 42.5 mg
Protein 5.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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