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 Authentic french crepes recipe as you will eat in Paris. Thin, crispy, easy to make and fill with anything you like such as jam,

An easy crepe recipe with a thin, flexible texture and crispy edge like the authentic French crepe you will eat in France. Undoubtedly the best crepe recipe, made with simple ingredients.

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What are the best crepe ingredients to use for a thin, crispy crepe to eat for breakfast? Full list of crepe fillings to enjoy with an Authentic French crepe from Brittany.

French crepes, anyone? I am a French girl born and raised in France, so I am a fan of authentic French crepes. This recipe 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 be eating 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?

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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 a 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:

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  • All-purpose flour – this refers to white wheat flour. Other options are white spelt flour or white whole-wheat flour.
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk or skim milk for a lighter crepe, it will result in crispier crepes too. 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 batter for sweet French crepes

Crepe batter

Beat eggs with milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Then stir in flour sugar salt until it forms a smooth crepe batter. Of course, a crepe batter recipe 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, milk, and all 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.

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 Authentic french crepes recipe as you will eat in Paris. Thin, crispy, easy to make and fill with anything you like such as jam, fruit, chocolate or cream. Easy and healthy traditional French breakfast crepes.

How to make Authentic crispy crepes?

So what are the tricks on how to make a perfectly thin and crispy French crepe? Let me tell you my secrets.

How to perfectly cook French Crepes

  • French crepe pan

The pan 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 crepe pan for 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 circle movement 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 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 on 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.

When do French people eat crepes?

French people eat crepes anytime for afternoon tea, birthdays, 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 6 people to sit around the table, and everyone can cook their own 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 own favorite crepe fillings.

French crepe sweet 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.

Sugar-free toppings on my French Crepes

2. Dry ingredients

  • Coconut
  • Sliced almonds
  • Sugar or powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon

3. Other sweet crepes fillings

  • Fruits – fresh fruits like bananas are often associated with chocolate spreads or cooked apple with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Alcohol – French crepes with Grand Marnier are very popular. It is a crepe filled with crystal sugar 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.
  • Whipped cream or cream cheese

How to fold a French crepe?

After you cooked 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 if 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 true 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!

Adding Fillings to Traditional Crepes

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do this best crepe recipe in the world!

XOXO Carine

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Authentic french crepes recipe as you will eat in Paris. Easy and halthy traditional french breakfast crepes.

French Crepe Recipe

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Authentic sweet crepe recipe like you would eat in Paris. French crepes are thin, crispy on their sides, and filled with delicious sweet jam or chocolate spread. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins

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Author: Carine Claudepierre
8 crepes
4.85 from 343 votes
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Ingredients

  • 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
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Instructions

  • 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 crepes 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.
8 crepes
Crepe pan: I am using a 10-inch French crepe pan. It makes 12 perfectly thin and crispy French crepes with this recipe.
Store: you can cook all the crepes then store them in the fridge, on a plate covered with plastic wrap. It stores well up to 2 days.
Filling ideas: jam, chocolate spread, honey, maple syrup, apple compote, fruits, nut butter, whipped cream, ice cream, nuts, coconut, and more!
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Nutrition Facts
French Crepe Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 sweet crepes)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Carbohydrates 10.3g3%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 3.7g7%
Net Carbs 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    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
    Richard Nicholus

  2. 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?
    Thanks.

    • 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

  3. 4 stars
    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

  4. 5 stars
    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

  5. 5 stars
    So easy and delish!! Using your recipe for the second time! Also the second time I’ve ever made crepes???? Thank-you!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe makes the best crepes. I have never made them before and they came out perfectly. Great with marmalade filling.

  7. you should mention that if melted butter is used,the milk has to be warm otherwise the butter hardens and doesn’t mix with the rest of the ingredients ..

    • 5 stars
      This recipe is almost identical to the one I always use. The only difference is the melted butter is the last ingredient to be added.

    • Your milk must have been very cold to melted butter, this never happened to me. Sorry to hear you had this experience. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine.

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  9. 5 stars
    Best crepes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,!!!,,,! I ate a melted cheese one it was awesomesause!!!

  10. 4 stars
    Love this recipe and my kids devour it every time, thank you! I have made it several times and the batter always comes out really lumpy. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? I usually combine all ingredients in step 1 and beat with electric mixer, then add milk and beat again. I can’t get rid of the lumps. I’ve also tried beating the butter and eggs first before mixing in the flour, then beat, add milk and beat it all, still comes out lumpy. Am I suppose to mix all ingredients in step 1, not beat but add milk in right away before beating everything? Please help, thank you

    • If the quantity of dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar) is exactly the same as the quantity of wet ingredients (eggs, milk, melted butter), you can’t have lumps. If you have 230 g flour, keep in mind that 3 eggs are 165 g, so only add 65 g of milk at first, mix everything, and add the rest slowly.

    • It is simply because your milk is too cold. Flour always makes lumps if you combine it to cold milk. Two thing, add milk lukewarm (think bath temperature), you can microwave for 30 seconds-1 min before adding to the batter.Also, adding milk gradually avoid lumps. Note that every French has lumps in their french crepes batter so you are not doing it wrong! 🙂 It is ok you don’t feel them ! Enjoy the recipes on the blog and thanks for trying some with your kids. XOXO Carine.

  11. 5 stars
    I’m very curious to find out how your recipe would change with orange blossom instead of the vanilla extract as I’m very eager to try it out with orange blossom water. These were amazing by the way.
    Thanks

    • I do use orange blossom sometime too, 1 or 2 teaspoon in the crepe batter is amazing! I highly recommend you try. Enjoy the blog recipes and thanks so much for trying some. XOXO Carine.

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My granddaughter loves for me to make these whenever she spends the night. We make homemade lemon curd for the rilling and top with fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries. That is her favorite. When we can’t get fresh fruit, we make a simple compote. So delicious.

    • What a lovely story! I love the filling you re using for those crepes, lemon curd is SO good! Thanks so much for sharing with me. XOXO Carine.

  13. 5 stars
    Just like the ones I had in Rouen!! They are so good! Thank you for sharing your recipe! It is like being in France again!!

  14. 5 stars
    I am allergic to eggs and I’ve been looking for a recipe that works well with an egg substitute for a long time and this recipe is the one! Taste great and perfect with both sweet and savoury fillings!

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