Crepe Basics

I’ve received quite a few questions about preparing crepes. I’ve also noticed from some comments that people are a little hesitant about making crepes. I used to feel the exact same way! But let me assure you, it really is SO easy.

For convenience sake, I’m going to post my crepe recipe agian here, just so you can have all the information in one spot.

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Basic Crepe Recipe

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk (or 2/3 c. powdered milk and 1 1/3 c. water)
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. maple extract (optional)
  • 1/4 t. salt

1. Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth, or mix in a blender.

2. Melt 1 t. butter in a skillet. Pour 1/4 – 1/3 c. batter into the center of the skillet, and lift and tilt skillet to spread over entire bottom. Cook until lightly browned (the top will start to look dry, especially around the edges). Flip and cook another 45-60 seconds, or until browned.

And the crepe tips that work for me:

  1. For really smooth crepes, I prefer to prepare the batter in a blender or even in my Kitchen-Aid. I can do a pretty good job with a whisk, but there are always going to be clumps I miss. That means lumpy crepes, and although they taste just as delicious, they don’t look as nice.
  2. I use an 8 inch skillet. It makes perfectly sized crepes.
  3. I melt some butter in the skillet for the first crepe and usually that’s enough to last throughout the whole batter.
  4. That first crepe is always my experiment one (or what I call the cook’s crepe). I use to test the heat of my skillet and to get my timing down for the remaining batter. Plus,  since it is going to absorb must of the butter, it gets a little too crispy to roll up like the other crepes. Personally, I like buttery, crispy crepes, so that’s what I nibble on while I make the rest.
  5. Crepes are pretty easy to read. As long as you keep the heat about medium, you can easily judge when to flip without burning the side that is cooking. The top of the crepe will appear dry, especially around the edges. The crepe in this picture is about 10 seconds away from being flipped. See how the edges are getting dry but the middle is still moist? That’s okay because that middle section will cook quickly once it’s flipped.
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  7. Crepes are also very malleable. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a crepe tear  or fall apart when I flipped it.
  8. I use a spatula or a fork to flip the crepes. If I get a batch that is a little more stubborn, I’ll use both. I use the fork to begin lifting one edge of the crepe and then slide the spatula under to flip it.p1012806

The holes in that top crepe are from uneven skillet tilting while pouring the batter into the pan, not from tearing.

The above recipe is what I use for breakfast or dessert crepes. For savory crepes, I reduce the milk to 1 1/4 c. and leave out the sugar and extracts.

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28 thoughts on “Crepe Basics

  1. I made crepes for the first time last Sunday. I’m going to try your recipe next time. I didn’t butter the skillet – I think that might be an important step.

    I also can’t wait to try your pizza meatloaf. 🙂

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  3. got an $80 Scanpan professional crepe pan and a crepe book. Followed the instructions and recipes to the letter, and every single crepe tore terribly. I couldn’t ever flip one without making a huge ugly mess. What did I do wrong?

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  8. My crepes stopped falling apart when I forgot to add oil after frying few with oil. So I continued without oil and got beautiful results.

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