How To Make French Crêpes

Use whole milk for best flavor and color.

For savory crepes, skip the sugar and vanilla in the batter.

For the strawberry crepes pictured, blend 2 cups of hulled ripe strawberries with 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam to make a smooth sauce (add additional water as needed to thin). Serve crepes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some fresh sliced strawberries, and a few spoonfuls of sauce drizzled over top.

Other sweet fillings and toppings: homemade jam, sweetened ricotta and peaches, mascarpone and berries, Nutella, peanut butter or nut butter, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and candied pecans with maple syrup.

Other savory fillings and toppings: ham and cheese, cooked asparagus and cheese, mushrooms and shallots, bacon and eggs, brie and pear, smoked fish and potatoes

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings (about 12 crepes)

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/3 cups (290g) flour
  • Butter for the pan

Special equipment:

Method

1 Make the crepe batter: In a blender, pulse the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and flour for 7 to 10 seconds, or until the batter is smooth. Pour into a bowl. (The batter can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days. If the batter thickens too much, add additional milk before cooking to thin it to the consistency of heavy cream.)

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2 Heat and grease the pan: Heat an 8- or 10-inch non-stick skillet or well-seasoned crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Using one end of a stick of butter, coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of melted butter.

3 Start cooking the crepes: Pour 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the pan. Immediately pick up the pan and tilt and swirl it to spread the batter evenly over the bottom.

Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the crepe is golden on the bottom.

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4 Flip the crepe: Use a rubber spatula to loosen the edge of the crepe all around. Hold the edge with your fingertips and gently, but quickly, flip the crepe to the other side (or use a spatula if that feels more comfortable).

5 Cook for another 30 seconds, or until the crepe is golden on the bottom. Slide the finished crepe onto a plate.

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6 Repeat until all the batter is used, stacking the crepes on top of each other on the plate.

7 Assemble the crepes: Place one crepe on a plate and fill it with your filling of choice. Either roll the crepe or fold it into quarters and top with additional toppings if desired. Serve warm.

If you're not eating them right away, let the crepes cool, then cover the stack with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in a buttered skillet.

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