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Basic Crepes

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Basic Crepes
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 20

Crepes are one of those essential, versatile recipes that every home cook should know. If you’ve never made them, it’s time to see what you’ve been missing with this 5-ingredient crepe recipe. This recipe yields a stack of 20 thin, delicious crepes that are the perfect blank canvas for any sweet or savory filling you can dream up, from mushroom and Swiss, to Nutella™ and raspberries. MORE+ LESS-

October 29, 2018

Ingredients

4
eggs
1 1/3
cups milk
2
tablespoons butter, melted, or oil
1
cup all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add all remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.
  • 2
    Heat crepe pan, or 7 or 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat (375°F) until hot. Grease pan lightly with oil.
  • 3
    Pour scant 1/4 cup batter into hot pan, immediately tilting pan until batter covers bottom. Cook until edges start to dry and center is set. Turn and cook other side until light brown. Fill with desired filling.

Expert Tips

  • One of the best tools for making crêpes is the right pan. An 8-inch skillet with sloped sides, that has a nonstick finish or is a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel that heats well, allows you to quickly pour in the batter and gently swirl it around to make consistently thin crêpes that are evenly browned and lacy around the edges.
  • Use a wire whisk to stir up the batter—and you want it to be very smooth. Strain it through a wire mesh sieve to remove any lumps.
  • You can mix the batter up ahead of time; store it covered in the refrigerator up to overnight if you’d like.
  • To help keep the butter or oil well blended in the batter, heat up the butter and milk just till warm. Whisk it into the flour and eggs until smooth.
  • Heat the pan slowly, so it reaches the perfect temperature to quickly cook each crêpe without sticking. Lightly butter the pan before adding the batter; then you shouldn’t need to add more.
  • Practice flipping the crêpes. Wait until the surface of a crêpe is no longer shiny and the edges are starting to brown. Loosen it from the skillet with a small spatula or your fingertip, then lift the pan up off of the burner. Push the skillet forward quickly so the crêpe slides out and flips on its own, landing back in the pan to finish cooking.
  • Crêpes are great made ahead and frozen between pieces of waxed paper, then wrapped in foil for up to 3 months. To thaw, place package of crepes in 300°F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Crepe
Calories
60
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
4%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
6%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
14%
Sodium
30mg
1%
Potassium
40mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
6g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • While crepe is the French word for “pancake,” the two are slightly more different than their namesakes suggest. Traditional American pancakes are thicker and fluffier (thanks in part to the addition of baking soda) than their French counterparts. Crepes are delicately thin pastries most often served for breakfast or dessert, with sweet fillings like fresh fruit and whipped cream or Nutella and sprinkles, or on the savory side with bacon and eggs or ham and cheese. One of the best things about crepes is that you can make them ahead of time: you can make the batter in advance since it keeps well in the refrigerator, and pre-made crepes reheat like a dream (how’s that for an effortless brunch idea?). They’re usually served rolled or folded, but you could even make a crepe cake, also known as gateau mille crepes, out of several crepes stacked on top of each other if you’re feeling ambitious. However you choose to serve them, crepes are a classic dish every home cook should know—they’re one of those dishes that looks fancy, but is actually crazy-easy (especially with these no-fail recipes!).

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