Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

The Best Basic Crepe Recipe 

Classic crepes have such an elegant vibe to them — at least I think so! They’re little bundles of French indulgence made right from the comfort of your own home.

Although this recipe uses basic ingredients, the homemade crepes are buttery, thin, delicate, with ever-so crisp edges, and have a tiny touch of sweetness to them.

Crepes can be filled with just about anything under the sun, ranging from chocolate and peanut butter to fruity jams or fresh fruit with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Or, go in a more savory direction with the filling options, including cheese, bacon, spinach, or avocado.

These leaven-less French-style pancakes are sure to be a hit for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or anytime you want to impress someone!

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

What Are Crepes? 

In a nutshell, crepes are very thin pancakes. They originated in France and are a popular treat there. 

Popular crepe fillings include Nutella, fresh berries, banana slices, and so on. There are also simple lemon crepes that have been dusted with sugar and drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice. 

Savory crepes are typically called “galettes” and can be filled with everything from ham to cheese to potatoes. 

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Ingredients in Basic Crepes

For this basic crepe recipe, all you need are just six common ingredients you likely have in your fridge and pantry!

Get out the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Whole milk
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted butter

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

How to Make Crepes at Home

What I especially love about this easy crepe batter is that it comes together in your blender!

Step 1: Simply place the flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, and cooled melted butter into the blender and blend until everything combines.

Step 2: Place the canister of the blender in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to 36 hours in advance. 

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Step 3: When you’re ready to cook the crepes, place an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and grease the skillet lightly with butter.

Step 4: Using a 1/4-cup measure, fill it with crepe batter about three-quarters full, which is 3 tablespoons. For slightly bigger crepes, you can fill it full which is 4 tablespoons.

I don’t recommend making them larger than 4 tablespoons because they just simply get too thick, which isn’t at all how you want your crepes.

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Step 5: Now this is where you will need to be fast and work rapidly! After you add the batter, swirl the batter along the bottom of the pan evenly.

Let it cook for 90 seconds, or just until the crepe will start to lift slightly along the edge.

Step 6: Take an offset spatula and lift up the side of the crepe. Use your fingers carefully and flip the crepe over. Allow it to cook for an additional 45 to 60 seconds. The crepe should be lightly golden brown on all sides.

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Step 7: Serve simply and classically with a dusting of powdered sugar, or go all out and fill it with all your favorite things. I love to add a smear of peanut butter with Nutella.

Pop some fresh berries inside — strawberries are my favorite — and then roll or fold the crepe and serve.

Keep reading for my suggestions on both sweet and savory crepe fillings! 

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Is a Special Crepe Pan Required?

No, it’s not. Any 8-inch non-stick skillet will work. Just make sure it’s a non-stick skillet. This isn’t the time to use anything else! 

Can I Use a Cast Iron Skillet? 

No, a non-stick is a must for this recipe. I worry that the homemade crepes would stick to the cast iron and you’d never get them off cleanly. 

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Can Crepes Be Made Ahead of Time?

Since crepes need to be made one at a time, I realize that to make enough to serve a group it can be a bit of a wait and a process standing at the stove swirling, flipping, and babysitting them.

There is nothing better than fresh crepes, but since this may not always be possible, you can make them up to 48 hours in advance. Store them airtight in the fridge and then serve them when you’re ready.

Additionally, as noted above, the crepe batter can be made up to 36 hours in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to make them.

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Can Crepes Be Made Gluten-Free?

I have only ever use regular all-purpose flour and have never tried making gluten-free crepes.

If you do give it a try, I definitely suggest using a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour intended for baking that is designed to replace traditional all-purpose flour.

Let me know how it works if you try your hand at gluten-free crepes in the Comments section below. 

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Crepe Filling Ideas to Try

There are so, so many ideas for what you can put on or inside of classic crepes. My recipe is so versatile that the sky is really the limit for what you can incorporate!

My favorite sweet crepe toppings and fillings include:

  • Hershey’s syrup or chocolate sauce
  • Hot fudge
  • Butterscotch sauce
  • Nutella
  • Caramel or salted caramel sauce
  • Peanut butter (almond or cashew butter too)
  • Honey
  • Jelly, jam, or marmalade
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Other fruit (sliced bananas, peaches, mangos, kiwi)
  • Lemon curd
  • Whipped cream or whipped topping
  • Cinnamon
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Favorite savory crepe toppings and fillings include:

  • Cheese (almost any kind!)
  • Hummus
  • Mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Spinach 
  • Kale
  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cooked salmon or lox
  • Garlic or roasted red pepper cream cheese

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Can Crepes Be Frozen? 

I imagine so, since regular pancakes freeze well. However, you’d need to freeze the crepes with pieces of parchment paper between the layers, otherwise they’ll stick together and you’ll never thaw them in one piece. 

Frozen crepes can be gently reheated in a skillet or enjoyed at room temperature with your favorite crepe fillings and toppings. 

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Tips for the Best Crepes 

After making the batter in your blender, you do need to allow it to rest to allow any bubbles to rise out — at least 30 minutes and up to 36 hours.

When greasing the non-stick skillet, I like to keep a stick of butter next to my workstation so I can just pick it up with the wrapper on, swipe the skillet with butter and I’m ready to go.

Grease the skillet between every one or two crepes that are made.

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

The swirl technique can be a little tricky only because you do need to work quickly when you spread the batter in the bottom of the skillet so have patience when you’re first learning and getting the hang of making homemade crepes.

The first crepe or two will come out a little funny looking until you do get the hang of it.

However, I find this to be the same way with traditional pancakes in that the first one, or even the first few, are always a little off!

Classic Crepes — This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Classic Crepes - Tender, thin, delicate, buttery, and are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! Learn to make classic French crepes at home with just 6 COMMON ingredients! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 
Yield: 12

Classic Crepes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Rest Time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

This basic crepe recipe produces tender, thin, delicate, buttery crepes that are wonderful with most any kind of filling from sweet to savory! FAST, EASY, and NO special pans required! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, + more for cooking/greasing the skillet
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting, optional
  • favorite toppings, as desired*

Instructions

    1. Add the flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, and cooled melted butter into the canister of a high-speed blender.
    2. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until there are no lumps. I like to scrape down the sides and the bottom to make sure there are no flour lumps. The flour can sometimes stick to the bottom of the blender, so I scrape it down the blend again for a few more seconds.
    3. Place the blender with the top on directly into the fridge to rest for at least 30 minutes, or up to 36 hours, before you actually make the crepes. Do not skip this step, the batter needs to rest in order for your crepes to properly turn out.
    4. Place a paper towel on a plate; set aside.
    5. Grease an8-inch nonstick skillet with butter and using a 1/4-cup measure, fill it about three-quarters full which is 3 tablespoons with batter. For slightly bigger crepes, you can fill it full which is 4 tablespoons. Tip - I don’t recommend making them larger than 4 tablespoons because they just simply get too thick, which isn’t at all how you want your crepes.
    6. After adding the batter to the skillet, you need to work very quickly! Swirl the batter along the bottom of the pan evenly. Let it cook for 90 seconds, or just until the crepe will start to lift slightly along the edge.
    7. Take an offset spatula and lift up the side of the crepe. Use your fingers carefully and flip the crepe over. Allow it to cook for an additional 45 to 60 seconds on the second side. The crepe should be lightly golden brown on all sides when done.
    8. Place the crepe on top of the paper-towel-lined plate; set aside. Continue with the rest of the batter in the same process and form, and place the finished crepes on top of each other in a stack on the plate.
    9. Serve simply and classically with a dusting of confectioners' sugar, or go all out and fill or top them with all your favorite things. See topping/filling ideas below*.

    Make ahead instructions:

    1. There is nothing better than fresh crepes, but since this may not always be possible, you can make them up to 48 hours in advance. Store them airtight in the fridge and then serve them when you’re ready.
    2. Additionally, as noted, the crepe batter can be made up to 36 hours in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to make them.

Notes

*My favorite sweet crepe toppings and fillings include:

  • Hershey’s syrup or chocolate sauce
  • Hot fudge
  • Butterscotch sauce
  • Nutella
  • Caramel or salted caramel sauce
  • Peanut butter (almond or cashew butter too)
  • Honey
  • Jelly, jam, or marmalade
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Other fruit (sliced bananas, peaches, mangos, kiwi)
  • Lemon curd
  • Whipped cream or whipped topping
  • Cinnamon
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Favorite savory crepe toppings and fillings include:

  • Cheese (almost any kind!)
  • Hummus
  • Mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Prosciutto
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cooked salmon or lox
  • Garlic or roasted red pepper cream cheese

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

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