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Easy french crepes

Piece of life

There must not be a single French family that does not perpetuate this culinary tradition [that began in the 13th century in the french region of Bretagne]. And my family is no exception. I enjoy preparing them on Sunday morning for my little family.

About the french crepes recipe

Pile de crêpes
Pile of crepes

This recipe is easy-peasy. The classic recipe uses wheat flour [for the sweet version], eggs and milk. However, you will find as many recipes as there are families, each one with its own version. In my family we add a little rum, it’s optional but I love it.

Whether it’s salty or sweet, the final touch comes from the garnish. Here are some ideas for sweet toppings : jam, honey, chocolate spread, caramel [especially the salted one, so good], fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup… The possibilities are endless. My favorite ? Simply sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

How to spread the crepe batter ?

You just have to get the hang of it and once you understand the trick, it’s super easy. Here’s a little video to show you how it works.

Spreading the crepe batter

Alternatives

Milk

Traditionally, the crepes are made with cow’s milk [I use semi-skimmed, or 2 % in Quebec, otherwise you can use whole milk]. But it is quite possible to use plant-based milk instead [warning : it will not be vegan since there are eggs], my preference for this recipe is for oat milk.

Flavorings

It is possible to flavour the pancake batter. In my case I add a bit of rum, but you could choose vanilla, orange blossom water, or another alcohol for example.

To have fun with the kids

The kids love to help me make the crepes. One day, to amuse them, I colored part of the batter with cocoa powder. Then we draw some drawings on our crepes [warning: I now have to make decorated crepes every time, the kids have become exigent].

Crêpes décorées
Fun crepes

How to do it ? Take part of the batter and add cocoa powder [enough to color the batter]. I put it in a bottle with a fine nozzle [like the ones used in cooking for sauces]. Before making the crepe, draw a shape with the cocoa paste in the bottom of the pan, wait a few seconds for it to set and form your crepe normally on top. The design will soak into the crepe.

How to avoid lumps ?

Use a blender ! Put all the ingredients together then mix until you have a smooth batter.

Organizational tips

We usually eat crepes on Sunday morning. Therefore I prepare the crepe batter the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. That way it’s ready to be cooked when I get up.

Crêpes

Easy French crepes

A name synonymous with pleasure, a great classic of French cuisine, the ultimate snack, everyone enjoy crepes. Bring me one and I'm happy !
Course: Breakfast & brunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Easy recipe, French pastry, Traditional recipe
Portions 4 personnes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Temps de repos: 1 hour
Cooking time (per crepe): 2 minutes
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Équipements

  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Pancake pan (otherwise a flat pan)
  • Ladle
  • Blender (optional but make it easy)

Ingredients

  • 500 g flour (2 cups)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 L milk (cow or plant-based)
  • rum optional or another flavor (vanilla, orange blossom…)
  • butter to grease the pan

Instructions

  • Pour the flour into a bowl. Add the salt and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between each.
  • Gradually add the milk until you have a smooth paste. Add the rum (about two caps, or 1 tbsp).
  • Allow the batter to rest for 1 hour (or more, to eat them at breakfast I often prepare it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight).
  • Heat a flat pan over medium heat and grease it with butter. Pour a ladleful of batter while rotating the pan to spread it over the entire surface. Cook for about 1 minute and then turn over to the other side. Cook for about 1 minute more. Repeat with all the batter.
  • Serve the crepes with cinnamon sugar (my favorite), jam, maple syrup, chocolate spread, fruit… whatever you like.

Notes

Use the easy way : you can prepare the dough with a blender. Put all the ingredients together and blend until you get a smooth batter. Here you go, no more lumps !

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