Kate's Basic Crepes

Total Time
1hr
Prep
30 mins
Cook
30 mins

This is my foolproof method for crepes. There are step-by-step photos in the French Forum to go with it. Use oil for savory crepes, sweet butter for dessert crepes. Depending on your taste and the weather (humidity affects the batter), use anywhere from 6 - 8 eggs. And check out the Crepes! cookbook for dozens of crepe fillings and recipes posted here on 'Zaar.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 -8 eggs
  • 13 cup oil (you can substitute sweet butter)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • oil or butter, for the pan

Directions

  1. First, combine the flour, eggs, salt and oil in a large bowl so you have plenty of room to whisk and combine these ingredients well. Then add about a quarter of the milk and mix till smooth.
  2. When it is smooth, add the balance of the milk all at once and mix gently until you have achieved a homogenous batter --NO LUMPS (Sans Grumeaux!).
  3. Then let the batter sit at room temperature for at least half an hour -- Now your batter is ready.
  4. Heat your skillet or, if you are lucky enough to have one, your crepe pan, add oil or butter or a combination of both--just enough to give the pan's surface a sheen, and add just enough batter to make a very thin veil across the pan.
  5. Then, using a spatula, carefully turn your crepe once it begins to brown around the edges and cook it on the other side.
  6. When it is lightly browned on both sides, remove it from the pan and lay it on a warm plate.
  7. Repeat the process, stacking your crepes one on top of the other.