With this quick French crêpes dough recipe you will succeed in making the delicious French pancakes at home guaranteed!
I just love crêpes!
Whether with jam or chocolate cream, French crêpes always go down well! Which is actually no wonder. Because the thin French pancakes can be filled individually - and always somehow remind of a frolicsome visit to the fair 🙂
Taste and Occasion
With my basic crêpes recipe, you can also conjure up perfect crêpes at home just like at the fair. The preparation is anything but witchcraft. Basically, it resembles that of German pancakes. The main difference is certainly that crêpes are very thin, because they consist of a much more liquid dough.
Due to the filling and special folding technique, they somehow also taste significantly different from pancakes. With one bite, you sort of get a layered treat. My family and I, we love it! For breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks.
Crispy crumbles and a fluffy yeast dough with a thin layer of cream in between: The perfect, easy crumb cake from the baking sheet!
The fact that the crêpes recipe is simple adds icing on the cake. It takes less than 5 minutes to mix the batter. Ok, for baking in portions you have to take a little time, of course.
French crepes are best when baked in a traditional cast iron pan. Meanwhile, of course, there are also crêpes pans with non-stick coating, for which you need less fat. The typical batter spreader (made of wood or plastic) is helpful from experience.
In a pinch, however, you can also use a normal large pan and a turner to distribute and turn the batter. By the way: The basic recipe is also suitable as crêpe dough for crepe makers.
Whether you make the crêpes recipe sweet or rather neutral, does not matter much. We always add a maximum of 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to the batter. The remaining sweetness comes from the more or less luscious fillings or toppings 😉 .
Among the top favorites of our crepes fillings are cinnamon sugar, berry jam, applesauce and Nutella.
This delicious German butter cake with almonds is a popular sheet cake classic without much effort. The cream icing makes it exceptionally moist.
How to make the French Crêpes
Let's get started with this delicious recipe! For the first step, whisk together flour and milk, stirring constantly. Then gradually add melted butter and eggs, stirring constantly. Finally, add salt and sugar. There should be no lumps in the dough. If necessary, blend everything again briefly.
Now, cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30-60 minutes. Stir again briefly.
Heat a shallow (crêpe) pan and brush with a little clarified butter or oil. Place a ladleful of batter in the center of the pan and spread thinly in the pan using a batter spreader or by swirling back and forth.
Once the crêpe comes away slightly from the bottom, turn with a spatula or similar and bake again briefly from the other side. Do the same with the remaining batter and fill crêpes as desired. You can keep the crepes warm in the oven at 140-180°F / 60-80 °C.
You can keep the unbaked batter covered in the refrigerator for 2 days. The finished pancakes will also keep for a day; however, they are always better fresh.
It is important to mix the ingredients while stirring constantly to avoid lumps in the batter. I start with flour and milk, then butter and eggs. Sometimes it is also advised to mix eggs with flour first in any case, then add the milk.
If the batter still has lumps, you can easily blend it again until smooth, put it in a stand mixer or pass it through a sieve.
The Best Traditional French Crêpes
- 3 eggs, medium-sized
- 500 milliliters (2 cups) milk
- 40 grams (¼ cup) butter, melted
- 250 grams (2 cups) wheat flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- clarified butter , or oil for frying
- Whisk together the flour and milk, stirring constantly. Then gradually add the melted butter and eggs, stirring constantly. Finally, add salt and sugar. There should be no lumps in the dough. If necessary, blend everything again briefly.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30-60 minutes. Stir again briefly.
- Heat a shallow (crêpe) pan and brush with a little clarified butter or oil. Place a ladleful of batter in the center of the pan and spread thinly in the pan using a batter spreader or by swirling back and forth. Once the crêpe comes away slightly from the bottom, turn with a spatula or similar and bake again briefly from the other side.
- Do the same with the remaining batter and fill crêpes as desired (see tips).
Have fun making your own crêpes! Whether American pancakes, chocolate pancakes, galettes healthy oatmeal pancakes: desserts are real soul food for the whole family. 🙂
Coming from Germany, I can also recommend the traditional German Pfannkuchen recipe! Classic Pfannkuchen are similar to crêpes, just a little thicker. Enjoy!
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