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.

Crepes with whipping cream and berries
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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. 

Crepes with whipping cream and berries

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
  • Salt
  • Milk – Whole Milk is best.  You can also substitute 2% if needed
  • Eggs – Large Eggs at room temperature
  • Vanilla

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 1/3 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. 

Crepes stacked on plate

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

  • Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
Crepes with Whipping Cream and Berries

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
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    Crepes

    Delicious Buttery Crepes. Crepes made with Milk, Eggs, Vanilla, Flour, Sugar, and Salt. blended together to make a batter. Ready to make thin French Pancakes
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: French
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 243kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 Milk Whole Milk
    • 3 Eggs Large
    • 1 tsp Vanilla
    • 3 Tbl Butter Melted
    • 1 Cup Flour All Purpose
    • 2 Tbl Sugaar Granulated
    • 1/4 tsp Salt

    Sweet Toppings (optional)

    • Whipping Cream
    • Fresh Berries
    • Pudding Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon
    • Lemon Curd
    • Powdered Sugar or Cinnamon and Sugar
    • Nuts
    • Syrups Chocolate, Caramel

    Savory Toppings (optional)

    • Spinach and Cheese
    • Roasted Vegetables and Cheese
    • Eggs and Cheese
    • Stuffed Crab
    • Meats and Roasted Vegetables

    Instructions

    • 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 1/3 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.

    Notes

    Store Crepes in Refrigerator for 2-3 days.  Add a sheet of parchment paper between crepes to prevent sticking.
    Freeze Crepes for up to 60 days.  Add a sheet of parchment paper between crepes to prevent sticking. 

    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.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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