Crepes have always been one of my favorite desserts... and breakfast desserts if I'm being honest here. When I was younger, this woman from my hometown would make a bunch of them for the senior center. She filled them full of the best stuff. I vividly remember the first time I tried one and fell in love. I even went so far as to make them on a regular basis at home and asked for a crepe pan for Christmas. These days I definitely don't make them as often, but I do enjoy them just as much. I also realized I never really needed a special pan because a typical skillet works just fine.
INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR TRADITIONAL CREPES:
- unsalted butter
- milk (I personally use 2%)
- all purpose flour
HOW TO MAKE TRADITIONAL CREPES:
- You'll need to combine all of your ingredients in a bowl until it's smooth and well combined.
- Heat a flat bottomed skillet (approximately 8 inches or larger) over medium-high heat. You need to find the delicate balance in heat. It needs to be hot enough to begin cooking the crepes immediately, but not so hot they burn.
- Grease your pan with oil or cooking spray. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! You'll need to do this between each crepe.
- Scoop your batter in the pan and immediately tip and move the pan around until it's spread evenly across the bottom in a thin layer.
- As soon as the edges begin to curl slightly, flip and cook the other side until cooked through. It won't take long!
- Lay your crepes out with wax paper between to avoid sticking.
- Fill them with your favorite filling!
TIPS AND NOTES FOR TRADITIONAL CREPES:
- It is extremely important to grease your pan between crepes. If you don't, they will stick (even with the best of non-stick pans) and you'll be frustrated and want to quit.
- Try to get your batter as smooth as possible. Crepes are very thin so if you have lumps in your batter, they will be noticeable when they are cooked.
- The second side cooks quickly so don't walk away!
- Truly the best way to flip a crepe is just using the pan and some good wrist action. You can totally use a spatula, but give it a shot without. If you grease the pan properly, you'll notice they slide very easily.
CAN TRADITIONAL CREPES BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes! They actually can. I've both made them a few days ahead and kept in the refrigerator and also frozen them. The important thing is to keep that wax paper between them!
INTERESTED IN SIMILAR MEALS? TRY ONE OF THESE:
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted1 ⅓ cup milk (I used 2%)4 eggs1 cup all-purpose flour1 tbsp sugar½ tsp salt
- In a mixing bowl, combine butter, milk, and eggs. Beat mixture well until combined.
- Heat a flat bottomed skillet (approximately 8 inches) or crepe pan over medium-high heat.
- Once pan is hot, grease pan lightly with oil or cooking spray (THIS IS IMPORTANT). You will want to grease the pan between each crepe. This will make or break your crepes, literally.
- Scoop about ¼ cup of batter into the pan, immediately tipping and moving the pan around until it’s spread evenly across the bottom in a thin layer.
- As soon as the center starts to set and the edges curl slightly and dry, flip and cook the other side very briefly until cooked through.
- Lay your crepes out with wax paper between until you’ve finished cooking them all. Once complete, fill with your favorite filling, roll up and enjoy!