Brunch 101: How to Make Light, Delicious Crepes

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Crepes are extremely versatile, perfect for brunch, lunch, a light supper — and definitely dessert. The thin, French-style pancakes can be filled with ham and cheese and paired with a green salad for a savory version, or topped with fruit and whipped cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the perfect crepe.

 

To make savory instead of sweet crepes, omit the sugar and vanilla extract in this recipe, and add a pinch of salt. Fill savory crepes with vegetables, cheese or meat mixtures.

 

Sweet Crepes

 

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

Melted unsalted butter for greasing pan

 

Prepare crepes according to the directions below. Serves 4.

 

Add ingredients to the blender
To make the crepe batter, in a blender, combine water, milk, flour, sugar and vanilla. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Check for shells and then add the eggs to the blender. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blend until smooth
Blend the mixture until very smooth and free of lumps. Pour the batter into a large liquid measuring cup or a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grease the pan
Using a pastry brush dipped in melted butter, lightly grease the entire surface of a 9-inch crepe panor nonstick fry pan and place over medium heat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Swirl the batter in the pan
Fill a 1/4-cup ladle with batter to just below the lip. Holding the pan at an angle above the burner, pour the batter into the pan close to one edge. Quickly swirl the pan so the batter covers the entire bottom of the pan. This should happen very fast since the batter will start to cook upon contact with the hot pan. 

 

 


 

Cook the crepe
Cook, shaking the pan from time to time, until the crepe begins to bubble, the bottom is lightly browned and the batter looks set, about 1 minute. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Flip the crepe
Use a small offset spatula to lift the edge of the crepe, then carefully grasp the edge and quickly flip the crepe over in the pan. Cook until the second side is slightly browned and set, about 10 seconds more. 

 

 

 

 


 

Stack the crepes.
Transfer the finished crepe to a plate. Repeat to cook the remaining batter, greasing the pan with more butter each time. Stack the cooked crepes on the plate between squares of wax paper. 


 

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29 comments about “Brunch 101: How to Make Light, Delicious Crepes

  1. Leash

    Thank you! I am in charge of the crepe stand at a garden party, this will help me out a lot

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  3. Kirsten

    Great recipe! I finally made my first crepe at a Chopping Block class and was amazed at how easy it was, it’s something everyone should try.

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    I love how your crepes have come out so thin. You’ve also come up with a good idea stacking the crepes using wax paper – I never would have thought of that. Not to mention the instructional pictures are incredibly helpful. Great work!

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  8. Natashka

    Made them this morning! It was tough to get them thin but they were really good (even without leaving them in the fridge for an hour – I just blended it and threw it in the pan).

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  9. Iammayse

    I love this thnx a lot it helped me making the crepes and it will help me do one tomorrow hopefully

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  10. Tamera

    Lovely crepes I just tryed them,any other amazing recipes you proud enough to share?thanks

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  13. Caterina

    The crêpes turned out great! I used gluten free flour, (cassava, coconut flour, and potato starch mix) just had to use about a teaspoon more of the liquids, but other then that it was a perfect recipe.

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  14. Max

    Thank-you, I just purchased a crepe maker, {it’s on the way}….however was unable to find crepe receipts ..
    …I will try this. thank-you and blessings, Max

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  15. Natasha D'silva

    I made them this morning – my very first time – and they turned out absolutely perfect. I rolled it with blueberry jam and cottage cheese. My husband couldn’t get enough of it. Thank you very much. =) This has made our day today.

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  18. Patrycia Dube

    These crepes were so perfect! I have no need to ever look for another crepe recipe! Thank you.

    Reply
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