A true staple in French cuisine, delightfully simple yet incredibly versatile. Whether it’s for a cozy Sunday brunch or as a sweet treat after dinner, crêpes have a special place in the hearts of many. In France, we even have a day dedicated to them, “La Chandeleur,” where it’s customary to enjoy these thin, delicate pancakes. What makes crêpes so beloved is their simplicity in preparation and the endless possibilities for fillings, from classic lemon and sugar to sumptuous Nutella or savory ham and cheese. Today, I’ll guide you through making the perfect crêpe batter, a basic recipe that can be the canvas for your culinary creativity. And remember, pairing these with a light, crisp cider or a sweet dessert wine can elevate your crêpe experience!

Classic French Crêpes Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for cooking


  1. Make the Batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and melted butter; beat until smooth.

  2. Rest the Batter: Let the batter sit for about 30 minutes. This allows the flour to absorb the liquid and results in more tender crêpes.

  3. Cook the Crêpes: Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of butter to coat. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly.

  4. Flip and Cook: Cook for about 1 minute, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn, and cook the other side.

  5. Serve Warm: Serve warm with your favorite fillings. For a classic touch, try lemon juice and powdered sugar, or for something heartier, ham and grated cheese.

Crêpes are a beautiful canvas for your culinary imagination. Try experimenting with different fillings and toppings – the possibilities are truly endless. Enjoy your delicious creation, and as we say in France, “Bon appétit!”

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