This easy crepe recipe delivers crepes that are paper-thin and perfectly lacy. Add any sweet or savory filling of your choice for the ultimate treat.
- Flour. All purpose flour or cake flour both work.
- Baking powder.
- Oil. Canola or another neutral oil.
- Vinegar. White spirit vinegar.
- Caster sugar.
How to make crêpes
- Make the crepe batter: This recipe makes anything from 20-40 crepes, depending on the size of your pan. Therefore I prefer using a large mixing bowl and a whisk but if you’d rather use a blender, simply halve the quantities in the recipe. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. Pour in the water, eggs, oil and vinegar. Whisk well until the batter is smooth.
- Cook the crêpse: Heat a crêpe pan or skillet (you can also use a non-stick frying pan) over medium heat. Brush melted butter or oil into the pan and wipe out with a piece of paper towel. If the batter has thickened too much, add ½-1 cup water and whisk in. You want the batter to be the consistency of pouring cream/heavy cream.
Holding the pan by the handle with your non-dominant hand, pour a ladle-full (each crepe should use approximately ½ cup batter) of batter into the pan starting from the center, slowly tilt the pan to coat the bottom of the pan in an even, thin layer. Place back on the heat and allow to cook for 30 seconds – 1 minutes or until the edges start curling up. Carefully slide a palate knife or spatula underneath the crepe and flip over. Cook for another 30 seconds then set on a plate. Repeat until all the batter has been used. Fill with your filling of choice and serve.
Can you freeze crêpes?
Yes, crêpes freeze very well. Layer cooked crêpes with wax paper or parchment paper then place in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw completely before warming and serving. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave oven before serving.
Crêpe filling ideas
Crêpes are a fantastic vehicle for delicious fillings. Below are some suggestions. This recipe works well if you want to make a crêpe cake and can also be used for savory crêpes and can be filled with everything from creamed spinach to smoked salmon and cream cheese.
- Cinnamon sugar.
- Dulce de leche / caramelized condensed milk and cream. Add sliced banana for even more flavor.
- Strawberries/fresh berries and cream and melted chocolate.
- Lemon curd.
- Ricotta cheese, honey and almonds.
- Sugar and fresh lemon juice.
- Nutella and sliced banana.
- Apple pie filling, served with ice cream.
Savory crepe fillings:
- Spiced ground beef (similar to what you would serve in Sloppy Joes).
- Bacon or ham and cheese.
- Creamed spinach.
- Filled with seasoned, shredded chicken then covered in cheese sauce and baked until golden brown.
- Buttermilk pancakes
- Easy and healthy banana oat pancakes
- Wholewheat pumpkin pancakes with salted caramel
Easy crepe recipe
- 4 cups water room temperature
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 4 teaspoons white vinegar
- 8 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, whisking well to ensure there are no lumps. Allow to stand for 15 minutes covered.
- When you are ready to make the crepes, mix the batter again and if it’s too thick, add a bit more water. It needs to be quite thin, only a little thicker than pouring/heavy cream. You’ll see if you make the first few if the batter is too thick, the crepes need to be very thin and almost lace-like.
- Heat the pan over medium heat. Brush with oil or melted butter and wipe out with a paper towel. You don't want the crepes to fry, the oil just acts as non-stick.
- Add ladle-fulls of the batter to the pan and allow to cook before flipping. Keep the crepes warm on a plate set over a pot of simmering water.
- When you're ready to serve, fill with your choice of filling.
This sounds delicious and so simple. I know I shouldn’t half a baking recipe… But could this recipe be halved?
Yes, it can! But remember that crepes also freeze very well.
Nope, you could substitute some of the water for milk if you wanted to.
The crepes taste good but they break in the middle when you flip them
It could be that they are a little thick? Try pouring the batter in while swirling the pan in a thin layer and that might help with breakage.