Crepes are thin buttery pancakes with lacy edges. They are an easy recipe to mix together with the basic ingredients you have in your cupboard and refrigerator. Crepes can be served sweet with whipping cream and fruit or savory with eggs, bell peppers, and mushrooms. The possibilities are endless and they are oh so good! They are magically light and each bite is amazingly delicious.Welcome to #SummerGamesWeek 2021 hosted by Amy from House of Nash Eats! We are celebrating the start of the Tokyo Games with over 50 recipes representing more than 25 countries competing in the upcoming Summer Games! Come join me and my fellow Summer Games Week bloggers as we bring you recipes from appetizers to drinks to entrées and desserts!
It would be wonderful to enjoy a French Crepe but it’s not often that I find myself in France! Gratefully making crepes at home is really simple and easy. Homemade Crepes are fun for holiday breakfasts or a fun Brunch with friends. You can even make Crepes for Dinner too.
Serving Crepes is also a fun treat. My boys eyes bulge out of their heads when they see all the fun and tasty ways to enjoy crepes. We love them both Sweet and Savory so I’ll include ideas in the note section of the recipe card below.
I love to make a presentation of them so putting together a Crepes Charcuterie Board has long been a thing in my home before Charcuterie Boards became popular! It’s not hard, just put together all the fun toppings onto a tray or platter and serve with crepes and let everyone choose for themselves. It’s fun and I promise you will have memories that will last a lifetime.
Shopping List for Crepes
- Butter ~ Unsalted butter is best
- Flour ~ All purpose flour
- Sugar ~ Granulated sugar
- Milk – Whole Milk is best. You can also substitute 2% if needed
- Eggs – Large Eggs at room temperature
How to make Crepes
The steps are simple, but a little planning really helps when making Crepes. Crepe batter is best prepared the night before. In a pinch allowing the batter to sit for an hour will do, but ideally, it’s best to whip these ingredients together the night before and store the batter in the refrigerator until morning when you are ready to make them.
By allowing the batter to sit the gluten settles and helps to create light and airy crepes. Crepe batter will keep in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours if needed.
Step 1: In a blender place Milk, Eggs, Vanilla, Sugar, Flour, and Melted Butter. Mix to combine ingredients for about 60-90 seconds on medium/high speed.
Step 2: Cover Batter and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
Step 3: When you are ready to make Crepes give the batter a stir. Heat an 8-10 inch skillet over medium heat and lightly coat the pan with butter.
Step 4: Pour ¼ to ⅓ cup of batter into the center of the pan and tilt and swirl the pan until the batter coats the bottom of the pan.
Step 5: Place pan back on the heat and allow to cook until edges are a golden brown. About 60-90 seconds. Then using a spatula and your fingers flip the crepe over and cook the other side. The second side cooks much faster. About 45-60 seconds. Remove from heat and place on a plate.
Step 6: Add more butter to the pan between each crepe and repeat the process until all batter is used.
Step 7: Crepes can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator or frozen for up to 60 days. To store in refrigerator or freezer it’s best to separate cooled crepes with parchment paper so they do not stick to each other.
How to fill Crepes
Think of a Crepe as a tortilla and place filling ingredients down the center in a line. Then wrap each side over each other. Another fun way is to spread a thin layer of filling on a flattened crepe and then fold crepe in half and then in half again making a quarter triangle. The filling will be spread throughout and they are just fantastic to take a bite!
Sweet Crepe Filling Ideas
Our favorite filling is homemade whipping cream and fresh berries but that never stops us from enjoying fun and creative ideas.
- Nutella and Berries
- Powdered Sugar or Cinnamon and Sugar
- Pudding (Vanilla, Lemon, Chocolate)
- Lemon Curd
- Jams and Jellies
Additional Sweet Topping Ideas
- Caramel Sauce
- Chocolate Sauce
Savory Crepe Filling ideas
- Crab Stuffed
- Huevos Rancheros
- Meat Fillings
- Eggs and Cheese
- Roasted Vegetables and Cheeses
- Beef Stroganoff
- Leftovers! Chicken, Pork, Beef, Vegetables
- Spinach and Cheese
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What do Crepes Symbolize?
Fun Fact - Crepes symbolize that Spring is coming or on its way. A Crepe with its lacy edges looks like a Sun and reminds those who are eating them that Winter and cold will be over soon and Spring will warm the earth.
Making Crepes in a Frying Pan vs a Crepe Maker
I love my Crepe Maker but there is a steep learning curve when using a Crepe maker which can be frustrating. Once you get the hang of using a crepe maker they are fantastic and make paper-thin crepes which is ideal! However, making crepes in a frying pan is very forgiving and easy to do.
The key is to butter between every crepe. Here is my tip, use a cold or frozen cube of butter and tear the paper off the top. In between each crepe rub the cold butter on the hot pan. It’s instantly covered with a light coat. Perfect if you ask me!
What to serve as a side dish with Crepes
Crepes are wonderful on their own but other side dishes are always welcome at the table. When serving crepes for breakfast, fresh Orange Juice is always welcome. It’s also nice to serve with toasted hash browns or roasted potatoes. Adding Bacon to the plate is a great idea too. Make sure to check out how I Oven Bake Bacon, it’s so easy!
Monday #SummerGamesWeek Recipes
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- Mixed Berry Scones representing the United Kingdom by Simply Inspired Meals
- Instant Pot Chicken Adobo representing the Philippines by Lemon Blossoms
- Crepes representing France by Devour Dinner
- Chicken Gyoza representing Japan by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chimichurri Sauce representing Argentina by Take Two Tapas
- Pork Satay representing Thailand by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Island Banana Bread representing the Bahamas by Our Good Life
- Hibachi Chicken representing Japan by Palatable Pastime
- Mititei representing Romania by That Recipe
- Dorayaki representing Japan by Magical Ingredients
- Thai Chicken Pizza representing Thailand by The Spiffy Cookie
- Peach Cobbler representing the USA by The Redhead Baker
- Kefta Salad representing the Middle East by Art of Natural Living
- 1 ¼ Milk Whole Milk
- 3 Eggs Large
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 Tbl Butter Melted
- 1 Cup Flour All Purpose
- 2 Tbl Sugaar Granulated
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Whipping Cream
- Fresh Berries
- Pudding Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon
- Lemon Curd
- Powdered Sugar or Cinnamon and Sugar
- Syrups Chocolate, Caramel
- Spinach and Cheese
- Roasted Vegetables and Cheese
- Eggs and Cheese
- Stuffed Crab
- Meats and Roasted Vegetables
- In a blender place Milk, Eggs, Vanilla, Sugar, Flour, and Melted Butter. Mix to combine ingredients for about 60-90 seconds on medium/high speed.
- Cover Batter and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
- When you are ready to make Crepes give the batter a stir. Heat an 8-10 inch skillet over medium heat and lightly coat the pan with butter.
- Pour ¼ to ⅓ cup of batter into the center of the pan and tilt and swirl the pan until the batter coats the bottom of the pan.
- Place pan back on the heat and allow to cook until edges are a golden brown. About 60-90 seconds. Then using a spatula and your fingers flip the crepe over and cook the other side. The second side cooks much faster. About 45-60 seconds. Remove from heat and place on a plate.
- Add more butter to the pan between each crepe and repeat the process until all batter is used.
Darla Lynn Wiggins
These crepes are a family favorite. We make them ahead of time for the holidays and they are always a hit.
So glad you enjoyed this Crepes Recipe. We sure love them too
Crepes are one of my favorite breakfast or dessert recipes. Yours look lovely.
Crepes are so fun, sweet or savory they are delicious
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
These would be perfect for spring with all those berries! Though I'd eat them savory too in a minute!
Yes they would! With fresh cream too
I didn't know that crepes represent the coming of Spring! That's so interesting! We love crepes too and I also wish I found myself in France more often, lol. Whipped these up this morning for the kids and they stuffed themselves silly!
I love that they are symbolic in the French Culture for Spring. Now when I look at a crepe I will think of Spring and the Sun. So happy to hear that you and your kids had a fantastic breakfast too.
Crepes are a favorite. Thin, tasty and a great vehicle for all sorts of yummy things!
Thanks Kathy! Crepes are delish and wonderful both sweet and savory
Amazing! These are the best crepes! Awesome clicks!
Hi Radha! We love making Crepes, they are so fun and I love the smiles from everyone too.
I love making crepes and these thin and crispy crepes were so good! We put Nutella and berries inside and topped them off with some caramel sauce and whipped topping. Too sweet? I don't know the meaning. This crepe recipe was so easy and simple to follow and will now be bookmarked on my computer for future meals. These are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Nutella and Berries are so good! The sweeter the better, right? So glad you loved the recipe.
These french crepes come together so easily. Hardest part is figuring out which toppings I want.
I agree Jennifer! It can be difficult to decide what to put on top!
Love crepes! Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks Sally! You are very welcome
A great crepe tutorial. I love them both sweet and savory. I often have them twice at the same dinner party, once savory as a starter and then sweet as dessert.
I've done that too. It's fun to make a complete meal from Crepes and see all the variety in the topping options and creative ways everyone puts them together.