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.

Crepe Basics

Basic Crepe Recipe
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Crepe


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


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

  • 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.
  • I use an 8 inch skillet. It makes perfectly sized crepes.
  • I melt some butter in the skillet for the first crepe and usually that’s enough to last throughout the whole batter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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