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What are Crepes? Recipe and Cooking Guide

Updated on February 1, 2015
Raspberry Filled Crepes
Raspberry Filled Crepes

What Are Crepes?

A Crepe is a wonderful wafer-thin French pancake that makes a delicious treat for any time of day, from fruit-filled crepes for breakfast to spinach and ricotta crepes for a decadent dinner.

Types of Crepes

Crepes are served with a variety of fillings, from the most simple with only sugar to flambeed crepes Suzette or elaborate savory fillings.

  • Sweet: powder sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream, fruit spreads, custard, and sliced fruits.
  • Savory: cheese, asparagus, ham, spinach, eggs, ratatouille, mushrooms, and various meat products.

Chocolate Creme Crepes
Chocolate Creme Crepes

Crepe Batter Recipes

The ideal crepe batter has the thickness of heavy cream. If the consistency is too thick, thin it with a little water. Additional flour can be added if it is too thin.

Sweet Crepe Batter:

This batter is ideal for use as both breakfast and dessert crepes.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons for coating the pan

Savory Crepe Batter:

Feel free to add fresh herbs of your choice to make a lovely savory batter.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 or 3 teaspoons butter for coating the pan

Crepe Making Demonstration

Crepe Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, water, and the melted butter. To this mixture, add the flour and salt and whisk until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a nonstick crepe pan over medium heat. Lightly coat the pan with tad of butter.
  3. To create the crepe, lift the pan from the heat and pour in roughly 3 tablespoons or so of batter. This will make a 6 or 7-inch crepe.
  4. Rotate the pan around to coat the cooking surface with the batter. Using a wooden crepe spreader will ensure you're left with beautifully thin crepes.
  5. The crepe will cook about 1 minute, or until almost dry on top and lightly browned on the edges. Use a metal spatula to loosen and flip the crepe over. Cook the other side for about 15 seconds, or until lightly browned.
  6. Stack crepes on a plate to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter, wiping the pan with butter as needed.

Makes 16 to 18 "7-inch" crepes.

Savory Mushroom Crepes
Savory Mushroom Crepes

Crepe Filling Recipes

The word 'crepe' refers both to the flat pancake itself and also the filled or stuffed variety. Fill crepes with fruit, sorbets, or ice cream, and they become decadent breakfast items and desserts that will impress any guest!

Chocolate Banana Hazelnut Crepes

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet crepes
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (7 oz) can whipped cream

Directions

  1. Spread 1/4 cup of chocolate hazelnut spread onto each crepe.
  2. Arrange 1 sliced banana down the center of each one.
  3. Roll up, and place in a warm skillet over medium heat. Let them warm up for about 90 seconds.
  4. Transfer to plates, and serve topped with whipped cream.

Storing Crepes

When storing crepes, wrap them in plastic wrap  and slip them in a plastic Ziploc bag.


Refrigerate crepes for up to 3 days.

Freeze crepes for up to 2 months.

Strawberry Crepe Roll-ups

Ingredients

  • 12 sweet crepes
  • 2/3 cup strawberry spreadable fruit
  • 3 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Spread each crepe with about 2 teaspoons spreadable fruit.
  2. Top with about 3 tablespoons strawberries.
  3. Roll up and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

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      Christine B Sievers 3 years ago from Waynesville, North Carolina

      I have been wanting to get into crepe making. Your site is a definite bookmark for me.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      Hello Lauralolita, I like your recepy about the crepes. I tried the crepes from Ihop restaurant. Thank you for your article. I am going to try your recepy one of this days.

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      bestentryDSLR 4 years ago

      When I read crepes I get excited. I think that crepes are the best. They make for a good treat and a good meal. Voted up!

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      who need crepes when I can devour your writing which is so hubdelicious anyway!!!

      but the crepes sound good too!

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      FredIndy 7 years ago from Queensland

      I didn't even know there was such a thing as a 'Crepe Spreader'.... Is that common knowledge? Great hub anyway, i'm so hungry I can't even tell if it was the writing or the recipes!

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      Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      You have succeeded in making me very hungry. Great HUB...I'm going to have to try some of these! I have never made a Crepe myself...so I guess it is about time I tried!! Thank you!!