These homemade crepes are thin and light, yet simple to make. Made with only a few ingredients, a blender, and a skillet, this recipe produces delicate, buttery crepes that are delicious served plain, stuffed, sweet, or savory.
What are Crepes?
I was introduced to crepes my Freshman year in High School by my French teacher. And I fell in love with this classic French recipe.
A crêpe or crepe is a type of very thin pancake that can be served sweet or savory. They have a more egg-forward flavor than traditional pancakes. The flavor reminds me of a cross between french toast and a Dutch Baby pancake, yet the texture is more delicate than either.
While they have a reputation of being quite delicate and hard to make at home, that is simply not the case. With a few pro-tips and a bit of patience, you can make perfect homemade crepes with ease.
Notes on Key Ingredients
- Flour: To keep the crepes light and tender, it is best to use either cake flour or whole wheat pastry flour. Using all-purpose flour or regular whole wheat flour will result in a heavier batter that is harder to manipulate when cooking.
- Seltzer Water: Be sure to use plain, not flavored seltzer water or plain club soda. The carbonated water is key to producing light crepes.
- Milk: Any variety of milk can be used in this crepe recipe.
- Butter: You will need to use unsalted, melted butter in both the batter and for cooking the crepes.
How to Make Crepes
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and let cool slightly.
- In a blender, blend together the flour, seltzer water, milk, eggs, maple syrup, salt, and the melted butter.
- Be sure to blend until nice and smooth and bubbly.
- Allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. This is really important, as it allows the flour to absorb all the liquid and for the gluten to relax. This is KEY to making thin, tender crepes.
- After the batter has rested, Melt 2 tablespoons of additional butter to use for brushing the skillet. The butter helps keeps the crepes from sticking to the skillet and adds to the their buttery taste.
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Once heated, generously brush the heated pan with melted butter.
- Pour in aout ¼ cup of the batter, tilting the pan, allowing the batter to thinly, and evenly, coat the skillet.
- Cook crepe until the bottom is lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
- Loosen crepe from edges of the pan with a nonstick spatula and then gently flip the crepe and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds.
- Repeat the process until the batter is gone, being sure to coat the pan with butter for each new crepe.
- Serve crepes plain or use one of the flavor variations below to dress up your crepes.
Filling Ideas for Crepes
The ways to enjoy crepes are endless. They can be served savory or sweet, stuffed, and of course, are delicious plain as well. Below are a few of my favorite suggestions for serving homemade crepes.
- Ricotta and Berries: Mix together a bit of ricotta cheese with honey. Spread the crepese with a thin layer of the ricottoa, fold the crepes up and serve with fresh berries and maple syrup or additional honey.
- Nutella and Bananas: Spread the crepes with a thin layer of nutella and then top with sliced bananas. Fold up and serve.
- Strawberries and Chocolate: Fold up prepared crepes and then drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup and fresh sliced strawberries.
- Roasted Vegetables: For a savory crepe, add leftover roasted vegetables to the crepes and roll up and serve with a drizzle of olive oil or spaghetti sacue and some parmesan cheese.
- Chicken and Cheese: Saute leftover shredded chicken and sliced baby portabella mushrooms with a bit of butter until warm. Layer the mixture over the crepes with a generous sprinkling of Swiss or Grueyere cheese. Fold or roll the crepe up and serve.
- Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon: Spread crepes with cream cheese and then layer thin slices of smoked salmon on top of the crepe before rolling or folding up.
- Ham and Cheese: Lay thin slices of ham and cheese on crepes and roll up before serving.
- Pesto and Tomatoes: Spread crepes with a thin layer or pesto, roll up, and top with sliced cherry or grape tomatoes.
How to Store Crepes
Once the crepes have been cooked, allow them to cool fully. Store the crepes stacked in a storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To freeze crepes, I recommend stacking them between sheets of parchment paper and then placing them into an airtight container or storage bag and freeze up to 3 months. Defrost by carefully removing as many crepes as desired and allow them to defrost at room temperature for an hour and then warm and serve as desire.
For best results, blending crepe batter is best. You want the batter to be completely smooth and the flour to be completely dissolved, which is best achieved using a blender.
YES! You want to give the bubbles time to pop and the batter to rest, this will make the crepe batter easier to work with and the resulting crepes to be more tender.
No. Cake flour or whole wheat pastry flour needs to be used or the crepes will be dense and difficult to work with.
Yes! You can prepare the batter up to 1 day in advance. Blend the batter as directed and then refrigerate the batter. Allow the batter to come to room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking the crepes.
No. A small 8 to 10-inch skillet works just as well.
More Breakfast Favorites
- Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
- Overnight French Toast Casserole
- Whole Wheat Waffles
- Homemade Breakfast Sausage
If you enjoyed this recipe for Homemade Crepes, I would love for you to leave a comment and review below.
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup cake flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup milk
- ¾ cup seltzer water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- Melt one tablespoon of the butter and let cool slightly.
- Place the eggs, flour, milk, seltzer water, maple syrup, vanilla, and the melted butter, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth and bubbly.
- Let the batter rest for 30 to 60 minutes at room temperature.
- Once the batter has rested, melt an additional 2 tablespoons of butter to use for greasing the skillet.
- Heat an 8 to 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Brush the skillet generously with melted butter. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the pan to thinly cover the pan. Very quickly swirl the pan around, so the batter covers the pan.
- After the crepe is golden on one side, after about 60 to 90 seconds, carefully use a rubber spatula to flip the crepe over. Cook for an additional 30 to 60 seconds and remove the crepes to a plate.
- Repeat the process until the batter is gone, being sure to brush the skillet with butter in between each time.
This recipe was originally published in 2016 but updated in 2021 with a new video and photos.
My family loves these for breakfast or dinner! Some of our favorite toppings are strawberry yogurt with peanut butter.
Oh I love the idea of strawberry yogurt with PB!
My late mother in law made crepes with a beef stroganoff filling. They were incredible! I hadn't before worked up the courage to make crepes. Partly because that was her thing, and partly because they always seemed intimidating before. But your recipe is so easy to follow and the directions are so clear! The crepes turn out perfect and I'm so pleased!
I am so glad you got the courage up to try this recipe and you were able to enjoy the crepes. Thanks for sharing!
These crepes were so good, they turned out silky and perfect, the most amazing crepe recipe!
I love hearing that Lily! Thanks for sharing!
Irene …your Canadian neighbour
We love crepes and it is part of ethnic culture and have been making them for a long time.
I love this recipe and going to try it this week.I love working with pastry flour and the soda …I think it is great.
Thank you for the recipe…will let you know how they turned out.
I hope you enjoy every bite Irene!
Can you use gluten free flour?
Hi Betty Anne. I have had success using an all purpose gluten free flour blend in place of regular flour, but not cake flour. The texture was a bit off and harder to work with.
This is such a great recipe for crepes! Easy and delicious, they turned out perfectly!
So glad they turned out
Made these for brunch today and they came out so well! So light and easy, and loved that they were whole wheat. Thanks so much for an easy recipe! 🙂
You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed!