We have everything you need to know about crepes, from mastering the basic crepe batter recipe, to creating a towering crepe cake. You will find recipes for breakfast, brunch, desserts, and even dinner.
Crepes are easier to make than you think. In fact, we believe they're easier than pancakes. They're also more versatile and can be dressed up with sweet or savory toppings and any number of flavorful fillings. The batter for our simple crepe recipe—which is thinner than pancake batter because it doesn't contain leavener (that's why crepes are thin, flat, and delicate!)—comes together in the blender. You don't need a special crepe pan to cook them, either. Simply use a nonstick skillet.
This recipe can be used as the basis for any crepe creation. The buckwheat variation has a slightly heartier texture and a more robust flavor. It's best paired with savory fillings. See our Basic Crepe How-To for more photos.
If they like piña coladas, and gorgeous sweets for dessert, they'll go gaga for this crêpe cake layered with coconut-infused pastry cream. You can make the filling and the crêpes (all 40 of them) up to three days ahead, so there's no need to stress the day of. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season($24.49, amazon.com).
This Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake is a dessert dream. Lemon curd can be made the week before; if you don't have time, use store-bought, and lighten it with whipped cream—the cake will still be delicious.
Crepe rollups make a tasty lunch, an eye-catching party appetizer, or a fun way to introduce "sushi" to the kids. Whichever variation you choose, Asparagus and Prosciutto or Smoked Salmon and Scallion, these salty bites are a treat.
Used in the curd and the candied topping, Meyer lemons subtly elevate this luscious dessert. The candied lemons, crepes, and filling are all make-ahead ingredients that can assembled just before serving.
Ricotta-filled crepes become bright and tangy when crowned with tangerine and lemon marmalade, best made in winter, when citrus is at its peak. Honeybell or blood oranges and red grapefruit also work well in a marmalade.
The French enjoy thin, pancake-like crepes with sweet or savory toppings and fillings at any time of day. Serve these rolled up or folded. This recipe is the base for our super-satisfying, cheesy Chicken Crepes.
The crepes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic wrap, up to two days; or frozen, wrapped in paper towels (to absorb moisture when thawing) and plastic wrap, and placed in a freezer bag, up to one month. Thaw completely before filling. The mushroom filling can be made two days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. When Martha made these crepes on Cooking School episode 404, she made a half recipe and finished each serving with a fried egg.
This light cake filled with delicious Green Tea Pastry Cream is best assembled on the day it is being served. Refrigerate, assembled and uncovered, up to 1 day. Martha made this recipe on episode 508 of Martha Bakes.
Paper-thin crepes are improved upon health-wise with blackberries; this fruit is among the most fiber-rich you'll find and is a good source of vitamin C. Buttermilk -- a lower-fat alternative to heavy cream -- provides the base for the filling.
For a lunch that's universally pleasing, consider this grilled-cheese crepe. Cantal is a tangy, buttery cow's milk cheese from mountainous south-central France. It is preferred here, but any cheese that melts easily can be substituted. Serve with assorted condiments.