Simple Crepes

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
Makes 12 (8-inch) crepes

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • Âź teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, room temperature

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, and butter until smooth, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 1 day; stir for a few seconds before using.

  2. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium. Lightly coat with butter. Quickly pour 1/4 cup batter into center of skillet, tilting and swirling pan until batter evenly coats bottom. Cook until crepe is golden in places on bottom and edges begin to lift from pan, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Lift one edge of crepe with an offset spatula, then use your fingers to gently flip crepe. Cook on second side until just set and golden in places on bottom, about 45 seconds. Slide crepe onto a paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Repeat with remaining batter, coating pan with more butter as needed, and stacking crepes directly on top of one another. Let cool to room temperature before using, wrapping in plastic wrap and refrigerating up to 5 days, or freezing up to 1 month.

    simple crepes
    Maxwell Cozzi

Cook's Notes

Using a blender ensures a smooth crepe batter that has the consistency of heavy cream. If not using immediately, stack cooked, cooled crepes with wax paper and refrigerate, up to 3 days.

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