French Crepes Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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Learn how to make sweet and buttery, melt in your mouth French Crepes with this easy and simple recipe! Along with the endless filling choices, they make brunch more fun!

You can have this dish for breakfast or as a dessert. If you like this breakfast item, then, you will surely like Greek Yogurt Pancakes, Potato Pancakes, and Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito!

Photo of homemade crepes filled with Nutella.

Easy Crepes Recipe

Crepes are buttery, delectable, versatile, and a joy to eat! Learning how to make crepes is one of the essential skills you will need as a home cook. This was a favorite growing up and now, I am sharing with you how to make them. For sure, you love them as much as I do!

Learning how to make them is so convenient. I simply make them anytime I crave them. Instead of going out to buy some, I just enjoy them at home with unlimited stuffing, either sweet or savory.

They are almost like pancakes, but they are way thinner. The ingredients needed for both breakfast favorites are almost the same, just without any leavening agent to maintain the thinness.

So, if you are a pancake master, I am sure that you will find this recipe easy! Let’s get started!

What are crepes?

They are a very thin version of a pancake that is enjoyed either for breakfast or dessert. These originated from France and were eaten as a sort of bread. When serving them, it is either you fold them or use them as a wrap with filling inside.

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Ingredients for Crepes:

  • Flour – all-purpose yields a smooth batter
  • Eggs – together with the flour, eggs build the structure
  • Salt – adds flavor
  • Milk – thins out the batter and lends flavor, too
  • Butter – adds flavor and makes the crepes soft and delicate, more is needed to grease the pan

How to make crepes from scratch:

  • Combine: Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl and the flour and salt in another. Then, add the wet mixture to the dry mixture in portions. Do this while whisking until everything is incorporated smoothly. Then, pour the melted butter and mix.
  • Chill: Cover the bowl of batter with cling wrap then refrigerate. Let it rest for at least one hour.
  • Cook: Heat a pan and grease the surface with butter. Pour about 1/4 of the batter and tilt the pan to distribute the batter. Make sure that the batter spreads out thinly and evenly. Cook for about a minute or less, flipping when the top surface already looks set.
  • Serve: Once done, serve warm with your favorite topping or filling.

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Homemade crepes variations:

  • You can add sugar to make it a nice dessert type.
  • Add cinnamon or nutmeg and other earthy flavors for savory ones. Or, use buckwheat flour which is good for a savory kind of crepe.
  • Change up the flour and you can change the texture. You can experiment with whole wheat or self-rising flour if you like.

What if your crepes become rubbery?

They become rubbery because of the gluten in the flour. So, you may either opt for a gluten-free one or increase the wet-to-dry ratio.

Can I make them gluten-free?

Sure, you can make gluten-free crepes! Just replace the flour with either buckwheat, oat, or almond. If you choose to use oat flour, make sure that it is a certified gluten-free one because oats are prone to cross-contamination.

Image of crepes served with berries and chocolate filling.

What to serve with?

They are usually served alongside fruits, powdered sugar, whipped cream, jams, or sauces. I like mine with Nutella, sometimes mascarpone, or lemon curd.

Put some eggs, ham, cheese, or sausage for a savory twist. Be creative!

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Can I make them in advance?

Yes! You need to rest the batter which allows you to make it a day ahead. Or, simply make a huge batch, then put wax paper in between each piece.

Stack the crepes and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate them for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Image of French crepes stuffed with Nutella and berries.

Recipe Tips:

  • You may use a blender to combine all the batter ingredients.
  • Add food coloring to the batter to make colorful ones.
  • For a vegan version, use olive oil for the fat and choose plant-based milk. Omit the eggs and add baking powder to add support.

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5 from 4 reviews
French Crepes Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 20 crepes
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 cup  sugar  (optional but recommended)
  • 4  large eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups  milk 
  • 4 tablespoons  melted butter + extra for cooking 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and salt, set aside.
  2. In another medium bowl whisk together the eggs and milk, plus sugar if using. Whisk well.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture, a quarter at a time, whisking together after each addition until smooth.
  4. Add the melted butter and stir until combined.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Place a medium non-stick frying pan or crepe pan over medium heat.
  7. Using a kitchen brush, brush the pan with melted butter and pour in about a ¼ cup of crepe batter.
  8. Tip the pan around to spread the batter evenly and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until the top has set, then flip the crepe using a spatula or your hands, and cook for 30 seconds more.
  9. Serve the crepes filled with Nutella and berries on the side.
Calories: 105 Carbohydrates: 15 Protein: 3 Fat: 4 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 41 Sodium: 99 Potassium: 66 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 172 Calcium: 42 Iron: 1
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Pam Wattenbarger

Crepes are one of my favorite meals. They're so versatile-you can make dessert or savory ones. These look delicious.

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Tasheena

Crepes are so yummy! Looking forward to making this for my family. I know they're going to love it.

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Amber Myers

I love crepes so much. These look amazing. I will have to make them for sure.

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GiGi Eats

Oh HEAVENS!! YES! That thick chocolate - I am drooling!

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Monica

This is the perfect thing for me to make for my husband's birthday on Thursday.

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Chef Dennis

Yum! I love French Crepes Recipe in the morning! This will be perfect for breakfast together with my loving wife.

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Sarah Bailey

OK now these sound right up my street - who doesn't love a good French crepe, they are so good with such a range of toppings as well.

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Kelli A

Crepes are so versatile for sweet or savory dishes. This is my go to for my mother for mother's day brunch. She loves crepes, they are easy to make and can be made to order easily! Yours sound delicious!

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Erin

I've printed this recipe to try later. I love crepes and keep meaning to try making them myself. Now that I've got extra time why not!

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Shoma

I have never attempted to make crepes before but just looking at these delicious pictures is making me want to tonight!

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Agnes

Thank you for this recipe, I am pinning this one and will copy. I hope I can perfect it. :)

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Barbara Ritzman

I've never made crepes. Got excited when I was on the page to see something about meatloaf, but I guess it is all the ads, that confused me. Either way, I will take both please!!!!

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Meatloaf video is one of our posts as well. Please feel free to check it out.

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Lizzie Lau

Crepes are wonderful and remind me of some of my favorite places. Throughout Guatemala there's a chain of cafés called Saúl E. Méndez where you can get fantastic Nutella crepes and coffee.

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