All pancake lovers, please stand up! Crepes are basically thin pancakes you didn’t know you needed to try. Tired of eating the same old thing for breakfast every morning? Stuck in a dinner rut? Needing a delicious dessert?
Try Crepes! Seriously, peeps, crepes are one of the most versatile recipes you can experiment with. The core crepe recipe calls for only 4 ingredients you probably already have at home. From there, you can play with it and top it with whatever you have and love.
What Are Crepes?
Crepes are light and delicate French-style pancakes. Crepes are now widely popular at eateries, catered events, and now your home. Though they’re typically a breakfast or brunch dish, the endless variations make crepes a go-to dish for any time of day, including dinner.
Topped with anything from Nutella and berries to eggs, cheese, and vegetables, you’ll find that a lot of stuff you like pairs well with crepes.
Though crepe recipes vary, most include milk (or water), flour, and salt. Restaurants usually make them with special tools such as a crepe spreader and pan. Still, the regular skillet you have at home will work just fine.
Quick Crepe History Lesson: The French loved crepes so much back then that they dedicated a day to celebrate them! Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating. While February 2nd is called Le Jour des Crêpes (The Day of the Crepes), it is actually in remembrance of the Catholic feast of Candlemas. Fortunately for you, we live in modern times, and you don’t have to travel to Europe to enjoy some tasty crepes. Instead, you can enjoy them right here at home! Vive les crépes!
Can Crepes Be Made Without Eggs?
Eggs are a vital ingredient to any crepe recipe for their consistency and shape. If you need to substitute raw eggs in crepes, opt for a commercial liquid egg formula.
The fantastic thing about crepes is that there are so many delightful fillings to turn a basic recipe into a blissful dessert or delicious dinner. You can use any of the fillings below or add your own toppings for a more personal touch. The possibilities really are endless!
- Peanut butter, pastry cream, jam, Nutella, caramel, and chocolate all make excellent fillings.
- Add fresh, healthy berries and sprinkle some powdered sugar.
- Add banana slices and whipped cream, then pour in some caramel (or a lot).
- Other favorite toppings include chocolate mousse and sweet cream cheese.
Savory Crepe Fillings
The possibilities are endless when it comes to savory crepes too! Any mixture of your preferred meat with cheese can do wonders in a crepe, but don’t be afraid to get creative and be daring! Popular salty options include:
- Chicken and Spinach (or chicken with other veggies like asparagus or broccoli)
- Steak and Mushroom, with cheese of your choice
- Herb and cheese
- Breakfast style with scrambled eggs, cheese, and/or veggies.
How To Make Crepes
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons butter for cooking
- In a big bowl, mix the flour and salt. Toss in the eggs and whisk to blend.
- Gradually pour in milk (or water), whisking until batter becomes smooth and pourable.
- Bring to heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the pan.
- Slowly pour the crepe batter into the hot pan and whirl it around to cover the pan. Let cook for about 1 minute, until solid. Flip carefully.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter, melting another 1/2 tablespoon of butter for each batch—this recipe yields about 5 large crepes or 10 little crepes.
- Serving: 1small crepe
- Calories: 114kcal
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Protein: 3g
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Cholesterol: 67mg
- Sodium: 196mg
- Potassium: 59mg
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 1g
- Vitamin A: 286IU
- Calcium: 38mg
- Iron: 1mg
Additional Crepe Recipes
Looking for more tasty crepe recipes? Crepes with Pear Apricot Honey Jam Filling is a delightful, light, and easy breakfast meal that qualifies as a dessert.
Crepes are a big deal for use…..especially they involve chocolate. Oh, and drizzled in a hefty dose of chocolaty goodness – Nutella. If you’re a big fan of Nutella, try this recipe, then top it with whipped cream and diced berries. You’ll thank us later!
This breakfast casserole recipe is made with a thinly rolled crepe stuffed with mushrooms, sausage, and eggs. Elevate your breakfast game and surprise your family with some sausagy crepe goodness.
These homemade crepes are super thin and delicious and have the most buttery crisp edges. Moreover, they’re easy to make with just a few ingredients and a regular skillet. For more recipes and guides visit Nutrition Realm.