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How To Make French Crêpes

Emma Duckworth
Homemade French Crêpes are simple to make and come together in two simple ways. Ultra-thin and delicate, crêpes are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner with sweet or savoury fillings.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Method Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 12 crêpes
Calories 97 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 150 g plain flour
  • 15 g granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs - room temperature
  • 420 ml whole milk
  • 30 ml cold water
  • 15 g unsalted butter - melted

Instructions
 

Make the batter by hand

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest and whisk well to combine.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add the eggs, milk, water and cooled melted butter and whisk together. If adding in any additional flavourings such as vanilla extract, lemon or orange zest or orange blossom water, add it in now.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and mix. Into the bowl with the dry ingredients, pour ¼ of your egg mixture and whisk until a thick but smooth paste forms.
    Whilst whisking continuously, slowly pour in the remaining egg mixture and whisk until well combined. This can be done by hand or with a handheld electric beater for ease. The batter should be lump-free. (See tip in notes if you have lumps remaining).
    Cover the batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-hour minimum or overnight if making the batter in advance.

Make the batter using a blender

  • Add all ingredients to the blender and blend! Add the flour, sugar and salt into the blender cup first. Then add the eggs, milk, water and melted butter and blend for a maximum of 30 seconds resulting in a smooth batter.
    Add a lid to the blender or decant the batter into a mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-hour minimum.

Cook the crêpes

  • Prepare the pan. Heat a crêpes pan or non-stick frying pan/skillet on medium heat on your stovetop for one minute. Lightly grease with melted butter wiping away any excess.
  • Cook the crêpes one at a time. Remove the batter from the fridge and give it a quick whisk. It can thicken as the flour hydrates, so add in a little water to loosen it if need be.
    Pour 60 ml (¼ cup) of batter into the centre of the pan, and whilst lifting the pan, tilt it so that the batter swirls over the base and coats the pan's surface in an even layer. 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 brown and the underside of the crêpe is set and golden.
  • Flip. Slide a rubber spatula around the edges of the pan to loosen the crêpes all the way around. Slide the spatula underneath and flip the crêpes over. Cook for another 30-60 seconds until golden and slide the pancake onto a plate. Cover with a clean tea towel to keep the crêpes warm.
  • Cook more crêpes. Lightly grease the pan again if need be, cooking the remaining batter. Stack the crêpes one on top of another to keep them warm and soft. Serve warm or cool with a variety of fillings and toppings.

Notes

Step-by-Step Photos: My blog post includes helpful step-by-step photos to help guide you through making this recipe.
For savory crêpes: Omit the sugar. Add herbs or parmesan cheese into the batter. Serve with leeks, mushrooms, spinach, bacon, ham, cheese or fried eggs.
To store: Store cooled crêpes wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to four days
To freeze: Place sheets of parchment or wax paper in between crêpes. Store in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
To reheat: Reheat chilled or thawed frozen crêpes in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Alternatively, heat in a 160C (325F) oven for five minutes.
To fix a lumpy batter: Either pass the batter through a sieve pushing the lumps through as you go. Or use a stick blender or pop the batter in a blender, to whizz the lumps out of the batter.
Batch size: The recipe makes 12, 23cm (9-inch) pancakes but can easily be doubled. 
TIP 1: Let the batter rest. The secret to perfect crepes is allowing the flour to absorb moisture and for the gluten to relax. Tender crêpes are a certainty after doing this.
TIP 2: Use a non-stick pan. Maximise your chances of success by using a non-stick pan.
TIP 3: Use butter in the recipe and in the pan. Not only does the butter help flavour the crêpes, but it also prevents the batter from sticking.
TIP 4: Keep an eye on the temperature of the pan. Make sure the pan is set over medium heat and heats up before cooking the first crêpes. The pan will continue to heat up as you work your way through the batter, so turn down to medium-low if necessary.
TIP 5: The technique is everything. Once the batter is poured into the pan, tilting your wrist holding the frypan will help the batter swirl across the bottom evenly covering the base of the pan

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 79mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 149IUCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword French Crepes, How to make crepes
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