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.

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 32 six-inch or 12 ten-inch crepes
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together milk and eggs in a medium bowl. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture, whisking to combine. Whisk in butter. Strain mixture into a medium bowl, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to 1 day). Batter should be the consistency of heavy cream; add more milk if needed.

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  • Heat an 8- or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, and brush with butter. Ladle or pour 3 tablespoons batter (for small crepes) or 1/3 cup batter (for large crepes) into pan, turning and tilting skillet to coat bottom evenly with batter. Cook until top of crepe appears set, bottom is firm and golden brown in spots, and center is lifted by pockets of air, about 1 minute.

  • Run a spatula around edge of crepe to loosen. Slip spatula under crepe, and gently flip in one swift gesture. (If it doesn't land quite right, that's okay; use the spatula to unfold or rearrange it.) Cook until bottom is firm and golden brown in spots, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a plate, and cover. (The first one will not be your finest.) Repeat with remaining batter, brushing pan lightly with butter as needed (every 2 or 3 crepes). Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

For Kitchen Conundrums, Thomas Joseph used a blender to combine the crepe batter.

Variations

Basic buckwheat variation: Substitute 3/4 cup buckwheat flour for 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, and add an additional 3/4 cup whole milk. (Makes 40 six-inch or 15 ten-inch crepes. )

Reviews (13)

131 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 45
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2019
Super easy . My problem is I always mess up on the first one.
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2019
Perfect traditional crepe recipe. This batter makes a crepe that is easy to flip in the pan, with a little practice and a few crepes on the floor anyone can do it :)
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07/10/2016
All of your recipes and videos are clear, easy to understand, and the results are consistently good. I never realized before now that crepes can be a sugar-free batter. Thanks!
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12/21/2014
Fantabulous recipe. My kids love it at breakfast with Nutella , berries, maple syrup n ice cream. Impressive breakfast or dessert for guests.
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12/30/2012
I tried this recipe and like all else I've tried from this website; It's fail-proof!
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01/29/2011
Great recipe! I've been making this recipe for years now and it's simple and easy. Definitely a family favorite. Merci Martha!
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12/20/2010
These were outstanding! I was always scared to make crepes. I had no idea how fast and easy they were. We didn't chill the batter for 2 hours, and we used egg whites instead of whole eggs but they came out perfect anyway. I'll be good next time and plan ahead to see if they taste different when I do them right.
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04/22/2010
I've made crab crepes with a light creamy cheese sauce for brunches. They are quite tasty!
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08/04/2009
My kids love these wrapped around a link sausage and dipped in syrup or fruit spread!
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02/14/2009
This is such a great recipe, i would like to be able to print out the Bananas Foster Creps recipe. The crepes batter fits perfectly in a 4 cup measuring cup for easy pouring into the pan. The crepes were wonderful. Thanks again Martha. Jnetti
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02/09/2009
My husband and I enjoyed experiementing with these crepes for Sunday brunch. Our favorite fillings were fontina cheese and smoked ham with cracked pepper and bananas sauteed with brown sugar and cinnamon topped with Nutella. Men take note, these would make an impressive breakfast in bed for Valentine's, Mother's Day, or any other special occasion!
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01/28/2009
These were very tasty! I served them with organic blueberry jam and plain low-fat yogurt.
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01/27/2009
These were very tasty! I served them with organic blueberry jam and plain low-fat yogurt.