Traditional French Whole Wheat Crêpes combined with sweetened cream and smooth Bonne Maman Lemon Curd help make breakfast dreams a reality. This is a brilliant recipe to enjoy with the family this coming Pancake Day, or any day!
Bringing you another easy crêpes recipe to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any time really. Following on from my French Lemon Crêpes with Wild Blueberry Conserve Recipe, I want to share with you these delicious crêpes with whole wheat flour as an alternative.
Using the base of my traditional crêpes recipe, I’ve subbed the plain flour for whole wheat flour giving these crêpes a healthier edge. Follow along with step-by-step images and directions to master these light and tender crêpes every time.
I love this Whole Wheat Crêpes Recipe Because:
- Uses store cupboard ingredients
- The batter can be made in advance
- These whole wheat crêpes keep well
- Toppings for these easy crêpes are endless!
As you must know by now, crêpes are on repeat in my household. Being half French I grew up with them as a weekly breakfast choice and have continued on this tradition with my own daughters. We enjoy them at any opportunity, and especially on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) which is coming up pretty soon.
What’s the difference between whole wheat and plain (all-purpose) flour?
- Plain (all-purpose) flour. White flour is made from hard and soft wheat grains after the outer coating of the grain is removed. It’s then milled, refined and bleached to whiten it to make it the super fine flour that is most commonly used in baking.
- Whole Wheat Flour. Whole wheat flour is made with the whole wheat kernel. Nothing is removed during the process and you can visibly see the wheat bran present in the flour.
Do crêpes have the same taste and texture when using whole wheat flour?
In this recipe we are able to do a complete swap from plain (all-purpose) flour to whole wheat flour. That’s because the crêpes batter and the crêpes themselves are super light and thin. However, if doing a complete sub in a cake recipe you would most likely result in an extremely dense cake.
- Texture: I buy my whole wheat flour from a regular supermarket and find that there’s lots of wheat bran in the flour providing awesome texture. This makes the consistency of the batter slightly thicker and as a result I’ve added a little more water than I normally would do. The crêpes are still thin and delicate but when bitten into I would say the texture has more substance compared to lacy thin plain flour crêpes.
- Taste: In regards to the taste, I found there is little to no difference when using whole wheat flour. The wheat bran imparts a nuttier more hearty taste to the crêpes. They remain the perfect delicious vessel for simple lemon juice or sweetened cream and smooth, tangy Bonne Maman Lemon Curd.
Options: Alternatively, use white whole wheat flour if the whole wheat flour is too coarse for you. It’s made with a different variety of wheat and finely ground so will be whiter in appearance and finer in texture. It will look like plain flour but with all the health benefits of whole wheat.
If you want to know more about substituting Whole Wheat Flour into your baking then King Arthur Flour has a great article that’s worth a read here.
This basic whole wheat crêpes recipe is my foolproof recipe to create these classic French beauties with the goodness of whole wheat flour.
- Flour: Provides structure to the batter. Whole wheat flour is used providing a healthier alternative to plain flour.
- Sugar: Only a little needed to provide sweetness.
- Salt: Added for taste.
- Eggs: Use large eggs. They bind the ingredients of the batter together.
- Milk/water: A traditional and essential addition to your crêpes batter adding flavour. I use whole milk. The cold water addition produces extremely light and tender crêpes.
- Butter: Adds flavour, keeps the crêpes soft and helps to prevent the crêpes from sticking too.
- Sweetened Cream: Made from just three ingredients, adding powdered icing sugar and vanilla bean paste sweetens the double (heavy) cream ‘just’ enough to compliment the crêpes and tangy lemon curd.
- Bonne Maman Lemon Curd: Luscious, fruity, creamy and sweet, when spooned onto your crêpes it provides the perfect accompaniment to the sweetened cream on your crêpes.
- Thyme Leaves: This beautifully fragrant herb adds a wonderful herbaceous note that pairs perfectly with lemon.
Step by Step Instructions
I’ve taken step by step process shots and made notes below referring to each image. You’ll be able to visually see exactly how to make these beautifully light Whole Wheat Crêpes that you too can make them at home.
1. Whisk together dry ingredients: Place whole wheat flour, sugar and salt and whisk well together.
2. Whisk together wet ingredients: In a separate bowl add in the eggs and beat well. Add the milk, water and melted butter and whisk to combine.
3. Add some wet mixture to dry: Add 1/4 of the egg mixture into the flour.
4. Whisk until a thick but smooth paste forms.
5. Incorporate the remaining wet mixture: Whilst continuously whisking, slowly add in the remaining egg mixture and mix to combine until the batter is smooth. Adding in the liquid gradually helps to prevent a lumpy batter.
6. Let the batter rest: Cover the batter with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour (or overnight).
7. Make the sweetened cream: Add the cream, powdered icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar) and vanilla bean paste in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
8. Whip cream: Whip on medium until the cream just starts to form soft peaks and hold its shape.
9. Prepare crêpes pan, frying pan or skillet. Heat a crêpes pan or non stick frying pan then lightly grease with melted butter.
10. Pour batter into your heated pan: Remove the crêpes batter from the fridge and give it a quick whisk. Pour batter into the centre of the hot pan and swirl around until the base of the pan is coated as thinly as possible. You’ll be able to see all the brown wheat bran in the pancake. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until you see the edges of the crêpes turning slightly crispy and golden and the underside is set.
11. Flip the crêpes: Once the edges are slightly dried and the underside is golden and set, flip the crêpe with a rubber spatular and cook for a further 30-60 seconds or so until golden brown.
Serve crêpes with sweetened whipped cream and a big dollop of Bonne Maman Lemon Curd with an optional sprinkle of thyme leaves.
Other filling ideas for Whole Wheat Crêpes
Crêpes are an open canvas for a variety of fillings. Just one of the reasons why I love them so much. The opportunities for different toppings are endless!! Here is a list of different combinations using more of Bonne Maman’s amazing products:
- Strawberry and Wild Strawberry Conserve with cream cheese whipped cream.
- Black Cherry Conserve with grated chocolate
- Wild Blueberry Conserve with a squeeze of lemon juice
- Rhubarb Compote with whipped cream
- Mixing the ingredients. When making the batter, add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients gradually whilst whisking constantly. This prevents large lumps in the batter.
- Chill the batter. Chill for one hour minimum. This allows the batter to rest and flour to hydrate resulting in tender, light crêpes that shouldn’t tear when cooked.
- Consistly thin crêpes. For a 24 cm (9 inch) crêpes pan, I pour in 60 ml (1/4 cup) batter for each crêpes. This coats the pan perfectly and prevents the crepes from being too thick. The thicker they are, the more rubbery they’ll get.
- Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whipping the cream to soft peak perfection is all down to timing. You want to whip the cream until it thickens and just holds it’s shape when you lift the beaters out. If you take it too far and over whip it becomes lumpy. To rectify this add 60ml (1/4 cup) extra cream and slowly whisk by hand until the cream becomes smooth again.
Frequently asked questions:
What if my Whole Wheat Crêpes batter is lumpy?
Don’t worry. This can be remedied. Pour the batter into the bowl of a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Do I need a special pan?
The answer is no. These Whole Wheat Crêpes can be cooked easily in a non stick frying pan or skillet. Ideally non-stick your pan just has to have a large flat surface.
If I want to get a crêpes pan, where can I get one from?
I have one of these Le Creuset crêpes pans at home and I love it because
- I know my crêpes will never stick
- The sides are very low making it easy to get under the crêpes and flip them over.
Can I make these in advance?
Absolutely. In fact, the batter needs to be made in advance, to allow it to rest. Prepare the batter the night before use, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate. When ready to cook the crêpes, make sure to give the batter a quick whisk before. Prepare the crêpes and sweetened whipped cream as per the instructions.
What if my crêpes go cold whilst I’m cooking the rest of the crêpes?
As we can only cook one at a time they do take slightly longer than cooking multiple American style pancakes in one go. When each crêpes is cooked we pile them one on top of another. The steam helps keep them soft, warm and stops them from drying out. If they do go cold before you get to eat them, place a plate upturned over the top and microwave for 30 seconds or so. Remove the plate when warmed to prevent soggy crêpes.
Can I replace the whole wheat flour with plain (all-purpose) flour?
Absolutely. Sub the whole wheat for the same quantity of plain (all-purpose) flour. Reduce the water in the batter to 30ml (2 tbsp). Follow the method as instructed.
How to store your Whole Wheat Crêpes
Fold each crêpes into four or roll them up individually and wrap them in cling wrap. Place the wrapped crêpes in an air tight container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Microwave for 10-20 seconds to warm.
Can I freeze crêpes?
Yes, cooked crêpes can be frozen. Wrap the crêpes in cling wrap and place in an airtight box and freeze for up to 2 months. Place overnight in the refrigerator to thaw and warm in the microwave
I truly hope that you enjoy these Whole Wheat Crêpes with Bonne Maman Lemon Curd. Cooking basic whole wheat crêpes at home using this simple recipe could not be any easier. Topping these crêpes with the sweetened whipped cream, divine Bonne Maman Lemon Curd and a sprinkle of thyme leaves is the perfect way to enjoy them.
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These classic French Whole Wheat Crêpes topped with Sweetened Cream and Lemon Curd are the perfect breakfast treat.
Note: Prep time does not include 1 hour chill time for the batter
WHOLE WHEAT CRÊPES
150g whole wheat flour (1 1/4 cup)
15g granulated sugar (1 tbsp)
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
420ml whole milk (1 3/4 cups)
60ml cold water (1/4 cup)
15g unsalted butter melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing (1 tbsp)
SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM
240ml double (heavy) cream (1 cup)
25g powdered icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar) (2 tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
Fresh thyme leaves, optional
PREPARE WHOLE WHEAT CRÊPES BATTER
- In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar and and whisk well to combine. In a separate medium sized bowl, add the eggs and beat well. Add the milk, water and cooled butter to the eggs and whisk together.
- Into the bowl with the dry ingredients, pour 1/4 of your egg mixture and whisk until a thick but smooth paste forms. Whilst whisking continuously, slowely pour in the remaining egg mixture and whisk until well combined. This can be done with a handheld electric beater or in the bowl of a standmixer fitter with a whisk attachment for ease. The batter should be lump free. (See tip in notes if you have lumps remaining). Cover the batter with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour minimum or overnight if making the batter in advance.
MAKE SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM
- In the bowl of a standmixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the cream, powdered icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar) and vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and whip on medium until soft peaks form. Keep an eagle eye on the cream as you can take it too far in a matter of secons and it’ll become lumpy and curdled looking. The cream just needs to hold its shape when you pull the beaters out. (See tip in notes if you over whip the cream). Once thickened, refrigerate whilst you make your Whole Wheat Crêpes.
COOK THE WHOLE WHEAT CRÊPES
- Remove the batter from the fridge and give it a quick whisk. Heat a crêpes pan or non stick frying pan/skillet on medium heat on your stovetop and lightly grease with melted butter. Pour 60 ml (1/4 cup) of batter into the centre of the pan and whilst lifting the pan, tilt it so that the batter coats the surface of the pan. If there are any gaps then just add a couple of drops to fill them in. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the edges start to dry out and turn golden and the underside of the crêpe is set.
- Using a rubber spatular, slide it under the crêpes and flip it over. Cook for another 30 seconds or so until golden brown. Slide the crêpe onto a plate and repeat the process with the remaining batter until you have a pile of warm Whole Wheat Crêpes. You should get between 10-12 crêpes depending on how thick you make them.
Serve folded or rolled with a dollop for sweetened whipped cream, a spoonful of Bonne Maman Lemon Curd and sprinkled with fresh thyme leaves. Crêpes are best served warm on the same day they are made.
- Lumpy batter: If there are lots of lumps then pour the batter into the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate as per the instructions.
- How to store: Fold or roll each individal crêpes. Place them alltogether wrapped in cling wrap. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperture for up to 2 days on in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- To Freeze: Wrap in cling wrap and place in an airtight container and freeze for up tp 2 months. Thaw over night in the refrigerator and warm in the microwave.
- Tip 1: Add the liquid slowely to create a smooth batter.
- Tip 2: Chill the batter to allow it to rest. This creates a more tender crêpes.
- Tip 3: 60 ml (1/4 cup) is perfect to cover a 24 cm (9 inch) crepes pan.
- Tip 4: When whipping the cream, if you take it too far and it starts to look lumpy, add 60ml (1/4 cup) more cream to the bowl and whisk by hand gently to bring the cream back to soft peaks.
Keywords: Crêpes, Whole Wheat Crêpes, Bonne Maman Lemon Curd, Breakfast