Best Authentic French Crepe Recipe
This easy crepe recipe makes thin and flexible crepes with crispy edges like the authentic French crepes you will eat in France. Undoubtedly the best crepe recipe is made with simple ingredients.
What are the best crepe ingredients to use for a thin, crispy crepe to eat for breakfast?
Get the full list of crepe fillings to enjoy with an Authentic French crepe from Brittany.
French crepes, anyone? Last time I shared with you my French floating island dessert recipe and you love it.
I am a French girl born and raised in France, so I am a fan of authentic French recipes and truly French crepes.
This recipe, one of the highest-rated in the world, makes Authentic French crepes as you would eat in Paris or anywhere in Brittany.
Why Are Crepes Important To French culture?
Each year on February 2 is what French people call ‘La Chandeleur’ – Candlemas in English – or the day when a whole country eats crepes!
It is a tradition, and most French families will eat French crepes for the occasion.
No one knows for sure why crepes are associated with a once-religious holiday, but there are a few hypotheses.
It is possible that crepes – essentially large and thin pancakes – symbolize a round, yellow sun coming back after the winter.
Another possibility is that it’s around that time that winter wheat harvests happen. If flour was made in too large batches, making crepes was a way to use it.
It is such a deeply rooted tradition that I still make crepes on that day even though I moved to New Zealand years ago. The tradition says that we must eat them only after 8 pm.
Well, nobody waits until that time. Trust me. Everyone starts eating them at breakfast.
So now, you probably want to know what exactly is an authentic French crepe, right?
Well, there are actually two authentic French crepe recipes depending on the filling you are going to use.
Sweet Crepes or Savory Crepes
Yes, it’s typically French to serve sweet crepes for breakfast or snacks.
But, savory crepes are also served in the French Brittany region as a meal filled with eggs, ham, and cheese. However, savory crepes are made with different flour.
- Sweet crepe recipe – thin, golden in color, and made of all-purpose white wheat flour.
- Savory crepes – thicker, heavier, grey-brown in color, and made of buckwheat flour. Try my buckwheat flour crepes to make a savory crepe recipe.
How To Make This French Crepe Recipe
It’s very easy to make a crepe batter crepe. All you need are 6 ingredients, a mixing bowl, a whisk, and a non-stick crepe pan.
French Crepe Ingredients
Following is the full list of ingredients to make your perfect French crepe:
- All-purpose flour – this refers to white wheat flour. Other options are white spelt flour or white whole-wheat flour.
- Whole milk or skim milk for a lighter crepe. It will result in crispier crepes. You can also use dairy-free milk alternatives like almond milk, but it makes the crepes slightly crispier.
- Melted butter – you can make crepes without butter. Simply replace with melted coconut oil or olive oil.
- Sugar or sugar-free alternatives like Monk fruit crystal sweetener or erythritol.
- Vanilla essence – most often, the crepe batter is flavored with vanilla extract or orange blossom flower water.
Making The Crepe Batter
Beat eggs with milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Then stir in flour, sugar, and salt until it forms a smooth crepe batter.
Of course, a crepe batter is always thinner than a pancake batter recipe, and that’s normal.
Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the non-stick crepe pan.
Are French Crepes Healthy?
They’re not low in carbs, that’s for sure! French crepes are made with refined white-wheat flour, sugar, and milk, and all of these ingredients are high in carbohydrates and sugar.
However, it is a traditional recipe, and as a French person, I am proud to host this on my low-carb recipe blog to remember my roots.
Healthy French Crepes Alternatives
I know it is not the healthiest recipe in the world, and since I eat low-carb now, I created my own low-carb crepe alternatives. Traditional French crepes don’t taste like eggs.
However, low-carb crepe alternatives have a stronger egg flavor. So if you don’t mind the carbs, stick to this recipe.
Otherwise, have a look at my low-carb crepe recipes below.
If you want another type of classic breakfast, try my Liege Waffles or my Pancake Recipe!
How To Make Authentic Thin Crispy Crepes
So what are the tricks on how to make a perfectly thin and crispy French crepe? Let me tell you my secrets.
French Crepe Pan
The skillet you use makes a big difference in how the crepe will cook and how thin you can spread the batter.
You must use a non-stick pan for the best results.
It will work in a regular pan, but you will never get such a thin crepe.
Otherwise, use a pancake griddle, but it is more difficult to create beautiful round-shaped crepes on a griddle.
Spreading the crepe batter
It takes time and practice to perfectly tilt the pan in a circular motion to spread your batter evenly around the pan.
First, I recommend pouring no more than 1/4 cup of crepe batter. Next, make sure the crepe pan is very hot – preheat over medium heat for a few minutes.
Then, tilt and swirl the pan in a circular motion at the same time you pour the batter – as you see me do in the picture above.
The faster you tilt and rotate the pan, the better the crepe batter spread.
As a result, it will cover the crepe pan surface with a thin layer that results in the most beautiful thin, and crispy French crepes.
Once the crepe is lightly brown, use an offset spatula to loosen the sides and flip the crepe. Finally, keep cooking the crepe on the other side for 1 minute.
Store the cooked crepes on a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
That’s all you need to know to make the best French crepe – the same Authentic French crepes you will eat in France.
Sweet French Crepe Fillings
The most popular French crepe fillings are not quite healthy as French people love sweet crepe recipes!
But you can put any number of toppings on a French crepe. The typical amount is 1 to 4.
1. A Spread
The most commonly used on their own or associated with other ingredients are:
- Icing sugar
- Sugar or erythritol for a sugar-free topping
- Jam – strawberry, blueberry, apricot, or use my sugar-free chia seed jam for a healthier twist
- Fruit puree – often apple compote
- Honey or maple syrup or sugar-free syrup
- A chocolate spread – Nutella is the most popular chocolate hazelnut spread sold in France. For a healthier, sugar-free Nutella, check out my sugar-free Nutella recipe.
- Peanut butter – homemade or natural peanut butter.
2. Dry Ingredients
- Sliced almonds
- Sugar or powdered sugar
3. Other sweet crepes fillings
- Fruits – fresh fruits like fresh berries and bananas are often associated with chocolate spreads or cooked apples with cinnamon and sugar.
- Alcohol – French crepes with Grand Marnier are very popular. It is a crepe filled with crystal sugar and then covered with the French spirit Grand Marnier. The crepe is then flambeed and served hot. It is a very spectacular dessert in French restaurants. Other alcohols used in crepes are Cognac in combo with apples. Try my Crepe Suzette Recipe for all the details!
- Whipped cream or cream cheese
How To Fold A French Crepe
After you cook the crepe, bring it to a plate, add fillings and toppings and fold it.
Most French people roll their crepes, and we eat them with our fingers. Restaurant chefs folded crepes in a triangle shape.
But whether you fold or roll, always add the fillings in the open crepes.
Then put the crepe back into the pan to melt and warm the filling before folding and serving them. Here you go! You now know everything about authentic French crepes!
However, don’t hesitate to ask me more by leaving a comment! I will love to help you design your best crepe parties!
Frequently Asked Questions
French people eat crepes anytime for afternoon tea, birthdays, and breakfast but always with many friends or family members. We invite friends to crepes parties all the time.
French loves eating crepes as a social thing. In France, some families have a crepe-party maker that allows six people to sit around the table, and everyone can cook their small crepes in front of them.
It is a fun simple food that gathers everyone around the table and welcomes creativity as anyone can add their favorite crepe fillings.
You can make the French Crepe Batter with a blender instead of using an electric beater. Make sure to blend on low or medium speed.
Yes, you can make this crepe recipe without a mixer, it works just as well with a hand whisk.
The best crepe recipe must make soft, sweet, flexible crepes with a hint of vanilla and a neutral taste to accommodate all fillings.
I strongly feel like this recipe is the best. I’ve never tried one that makes French crepes as authentic as this one.
And I know I’m not the only one with more than five hundred 5-star ratings, you have decided this is the best recipe!
Making a crepe cake with this recipe is very simple! Stack eight to 10 crepes and add any of your favorite fillings in between them.
You can then top them up with fresh fruits and a raspberry jam.
This recipe is perfect when filled with sweet ingredients, but you can absolutely make a version with savory fillings for brunch.
Add spinach, pan-fried mushrooms, grilled chicken, tomato slices, and fresh cheese like ricotta for delicate savory crepes.
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I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did this best crepe recipe in the world!
French Crepe Recipe
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- 1 ¾ cup White Wheat Flour
- 3 Eggs
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract optional
- 1 teaspoon White Sugar optional
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter melted or vegetable oil of your choice
- In a large bowl, add the flour, eggs, salt, vanilla extract, melted butter, and sugar if used.
- Using a whisk or electric mixer, beat in the milk gradually until a smooth batter forms with no lumps.
- Heat a lightly buttered crepe pan over medium/high heat.
- Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan, then tip and rotate the pan to spread the batter as thinly as possible.
- Cook until lightly brown on both sides – about 1-2 minutes on each side and serve hot with your favorite fillings.
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Hello! I have two questions that I hope you can answer:
1. Can I use this crepe recipe for both savory and sweet fillings?
2. I’ve read that white-wheat flour is different than American, all-purpose flour. Which one do you use? Thank you and I can’t wait to try.
Yes you can use the recipe for both sweet or savory filling. However, if making savory crepes, skip the sugar in the batter. All purpose flour and white wheat flour are the same and can be used in same amount in recipes.
I subbed in 1/2 c. buckwheat flour with excellent results! Thank you:)
Delicious. I did a stack of crepes using this recipe, omitting the sugar however. On top I had crispy bacon and fried eggs, topped with maple syrup. I’ve made this using buckwheat flour too which is an excellent healthy and gluten free alternative to the plain wheat flour.
Perfect! Just like my mom used to make.
It’s been my experience that like pancakes, the first one tends to not turn out that great.
Something about the butter needing to be “seasoned” by cooking the first one.
I’m not a scientist, but that’s how it seems to work.
First time making crepe and followed this recipe. Lovely result! Decided to not add vanilla since it will be paired with smoked salmon and it still turned out good. Husband loved it!
Loved the recipe as it had no waiting time after mixing it….and it tasted wonderful….Had it with pea ut butter and banana and chrunchy cookie spread..
Can the batter be stored in the fridge for a few days. If cooked and stored how do you reheat the crepes. Thanks for the recipe.
Sure, in an airtight container.
Was great!! I swapped sugar for a little maple syrup to avoid the white sugar. Thanks!!
Easy and toasty
I was wondering do I have to use regular milk? Can I use Almond milk or maybe can milk?
Yes, any milk works including almond milk, enjoy!
Can i make the crepes chocolate and how much cocoa do i use? Thank you
Probably yes, I would add more than 2-3 tbsp. of it will dry out the batter
First time ever making crepes and I used this recipe. So easy to make and they were delicious! Can I make the batter the night before and refrigerate it for the next morning?
Can I substitute with plain white flour?
Yes sure, that’s actually what the recipe is calling for plain white wheat flour
Thank you for the detail. I’ve been making crêpes all my life. My favorite food!
Love the recipe. About how much batter should I pour into the pan for one crepe? 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 cup (USA)? What type of oil is best to use for the pan?
Thanks for your great recipe! I have been to France many times from the USA. I understand the love of crepes, especially in Brittany.
Do you ever use the wooden crepe spreader to spread the crepe dough evenly in the pan?
You don’t have to use a wooden spreader, I simply tilt my pan to spread the batter thin and evenly. It take a bit of practice to tilt it fast with the right angle to spread it perfectly but it avoid the wooden tool you see in French crepes restaurant. Enjoy
This crepes looks
so nice and I am going
to try them. For what
period can it be kept after
You can store the crepes in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure you cover the plate to make sure they don’t dry out.
Good recipe! However a few of them were rather hard, but it might have been because I used GF flour. Also would be good to note that oil is best to use rather than melted butter and that you need at least one or two more spoons of it – first crêpe stuck to my non-stick pan even though it was well buttered
Don’t add any cold water to keep the crêpe batter thin?
Excellent recipe, you made my wife’s Mother’s Day and my life a little easier. Happy Wife, happy life. She’s great and she deserved a delicious breakfast. Enjoy your day.
You are an amazing partner, making crepes for your wife on Mother’s day is so sweet. I am so glad she loves them. Happy Mother’s day to her too, XOXO Carine