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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,

Easy crepe recipe: learn how to make a delicious authentic french crepe recipe.

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

What are the best crepe ingredients to use for a thin, crispy crepe to eat for breakfast. Full list of crepe filling to enjoy an Authentic French crepe like the Bretagne recipe.

French crepes anyone ? Who is better than me, a French girl born and raise in France to share the authentic French crepes recipe, right?  That is the Authentic french crepes recipe as you will eat in Paris. You guys know I am French right? So after a year of blogging it maybe the time to share my easy and healthy traditional french crepes recipe.

Why are crepes important to French culture?

Each year on the 2nd February, it is what French people call ‘La Chandeleur’ or the day when a whole country eat crepes! It is a tradition and most French family will be eating french crepes for the occasion. Don’t ask me why – I am actually not to sure about the story – all I know we eat crepes!  Even since I moved in New Zealand we make crepes on that day. The tradition says that we must eat them only after 8 pm. Well, nobody wait up to that time, trust me everyone starts eating them at breakfast. So now, you probably want to know what is exactly is an Authentic French crepe recipe, right? Well, there is actually two authentic french crepes recipes depending on the filling you are going to use.

Are sweet crepe recipe from France?

Yes, crepes are French and not only the sweet crepe recipe. Crepes, sweet or savory, are traditional recipe form the French Bretagne region in West of France. There are two different French crepe recipe, one for sweet crepes using white wheat flour and one for savory crepes using buckwheat flour: buckwheat flour crepes.

French crepes recipe ingredients – what do you need?

The crepe ingredients needed to make delicious French crepes are simple 6 ingredients listed below. It is pretty easy to make french crepes. The French crepe batter is very similar to pancake batter, using milk, eggs and white wheat flour. Most often crepe batter is flavored with vanilla extract or orange blossom flower water.

French Crepe ingredients

Personally, I love orange blossom flower water.

  • White 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 even more crispier.
  • Butter or margarine if dairy free
  • Sugar or sugar -free alternative like Monk fruit crystal sweetener or erythritol
  • Vanilla essence 

Are French crepes healthy ?

Well, not really as French crepes are made of refined white flours, sugar, milk and all those ingredients are high in carbohydrates and sugar. However, it is a traditional recipe and as a French I am proud to host this on my low carb recipe blog to remind my roots.

Healthy French crepes alternatives

I know it is not the healthier recipe in the world and since I eat low carb now, I created my own low carb crepes recipes. French crepes don’t taste like eggs. Low carb crepes alternatives on the opposite, 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 crepes recipe below.

 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 halthy traditional french breakfast crepes.

How to make Authentic thin French crepes?

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

how to cook French Crepes

  • French crepe pan

The pan you use makes a big difference on how the crepe will cook and how thin you will able to spread the batter. You must use a non-stick tefal crepe pan for best result. It will work in a regular pan but you will never achieve 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 round circle movement to spread your batter evenly around the pan. I recommend to pour the batter on a very hot pan while tipping the pan at the same time you pour the batter –  as you see me on the picture below. That is how you will make the most beautiful thin and crispy French crepes. That is all you need to know to make the best french crepe – the same Authentic French crepes you will eat in France.

When does 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 for crepes party all the time. French loves eating crepes as a social thing. In France some family have a party crepes maker that allows 6 people to sit around the table and everyone can cook it is own small crepes in front of him. It is a fun simple food that gather everyone around the table and welcome creativity as anyone can add its own favorite crepe fillings.

French crepe filling

The most favorite french crepe filling are not healthy at all ! A French crepe is usually made of 1 to 4 toppings.

1. a spread

The most commonly used on their own or associated with other ingredients are:

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2. dried ingredients

  • Coconut
  • Sliced almonds
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

3. others crepes fillings

  • Fruits – fresh fruits like banana are often associated on crepes with Nutella chocolate spreads or cooked apple with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Alcohol – French crepes with Grand marnier are very popular. It is a crepes filled with crystal sugar then covered with the French spirit Grand Marnier. The crepe is then fire with a lighter and served with the flame on top of the crepe. It is a vry spectacular dessert in French restaurant. Others alcohol used in crepes are Cognac in combo with apples.
  • Whipped cream

How to fold a French crepes ?

Most French people roll their crepes and we eat them with fingers. In restaurant crepes are folded in a triangle shape. Filling is always added in the open crepes, then return to the pan to melt and wram the filling before being fold and served. Here we go! you know everything about french crepes now ! Don’t hesitate to ask me more by leaving a comment! I will love to help you design your best crepes party !

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

French crepes recipe

Authentic french crepes recipe as you will eat in Paris.  French crepes are thin, crispy on sides and filled with delicious sweet jam or chocolate spread. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Author: Carine
8 crepes
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Ingredients

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 form 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 batter as thinly as possible.
  • Brown on both sides about 1-2 minutes on each sides and serve hot with your favorite fillings
Crepe pan: I am using a 10 inches French crepes pan. It makes 12 perfectly thin and crispy french crepes with this recipe. You can find my crepe pan here.
Store: you can cook all the crepes then store them in the fridge, on a plate covered with plastic wrap. It store well up to 2 days. 
Filling ideas: jam, chocolate spread, honey, maple syrup, apple compote, fruits, nut butters, whipped cream, ice cream, nuts, coconut and more!
Nutrition Facts
French crepes recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 crepes)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Carbohydrates 10.3g3%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 3.7g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 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 ..

    • 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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  3. 5 stars
    Best crepes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,!!!,,,! I ate a melted cheese one it was awesomesause!!!

  4. 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

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

    • 5 stars
      I have been making crepes for years and this recipe is as close to perfection as one can get. We just finished a plate full and just devine with fresh fruit in season. They would make my French ancestors proud. 👍🏼👍🏼

      • This makes me so happy because this is my mum recipe. I am French and I have been born and raised eating those crepes. I am so glad to share it now with you and that everyone can enoy a bit of my French culture where they are. Merci! Carine.

  9. 5 stars
    Tried this today and had never made crepes before. Great recipe and so glad I found this!! Thank you!! Turned out yummy 🙂

    • That made my day! I love when my recipes makes people happy 🙂 Enjoy all the crepes recipes on the blog I have got plenty of healthier options too like chickpea flour crepes or buckwheat flour crepes! Delicious with savory fillings too. XOXO Carine.

  10. 5 stars
    My mother is allergic to wheat and a bunch of other things and possibly coconut. I wanted to know if you knew any good recipes without wheat in them, I trust this recipe so I would trust your judgment on what other good recipes there are without wheat.

  11. About how much batter should be poured into the 10″ pan to thinly cover the bottom? My ladle may be larger. I tried to make them once, but they were too thick and doughy. 🙁

    • You need about 1/3 cup of batter but you can prepare 1/2 cup, pour it gradually while you tilt the pan and stop when it is fully covered and the desired thickness. Like for pancakes, crepes can be thin or thicker, depending on taste. Both works well, it is just longer to cook if thicker. You know it is ready when the border are crispy and lift from the crepe pan by itself. Enjoy ! XOXO Carine.

    • Hi, You can cook this batter in any non stick frying pan, the same that you will use for a pancake recipe. Enjoy! XOXO Carine.

    • Sure ! It won’t be a problem but make sure you store the batter in a plastic airtight container. My mum was doing that all the time as a kid, works perfectly. In the morning, give a good stir in the batter, see if it is thicker, it shouldn’t be if it is add few tablespoon extra milk. Cook as usual, you won’t see the difference. Also, you can pre cook all your crepes the day before, store in the fridge on a plate covered with plastic wrap and rewarm in the pan in the morning. Enjoy the french crepes recipe. A bientot! Carine.

    • Sure you can but you may need to adjust your milk amount – add a bit more to reach the same dough consistency. Wholewheat contain more fibre that soak up liquid. The batter will be thicker and more difficult to cook in the crepe pan. Enjoy, XOXO Carine.

  12. 5 stars
    I saw a friend share this recipe and knew I had to try it! My husband, 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old DEVOURED them! So simple to prepare and easy to make. I was worried about the flip, but it was never an issue! I’m currently eating one wrapped with bacon as I type this. Yummmm……

    • Thanks for the lovely comment ! I am happy you loved them 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog and making my recipes XOXO Carine.

  13. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. We are British and love French recipes. Those crepes really taste great, the bets recipe I made for few years and super easy. I can’t wait to make it again.

    • You are so mice, thanks for this lovely comment. I am so happy when people take few minutes to share a positive comment about my recipe <3 xoxo Carine.

  14. 5 stars
    WOW Carine, those are the best crepes recipe I ever made form US. I have been in Paris long time ao and those taste the same as the authentic French crepes I had there! Merci beaucoup. Love, Sam.

  15. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I’ve tried many crepe recipes and these are the best! The recipe is much easier to flip then most crepe recipes and not one of my crepes was a fail! Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe!

    • Bonjour ! Thank you SO much for this lovely comment. I am French and it is the original french crepes recipe I grow up with. The one my French grandma and French mum made for my afternoon tea as a kid. It makes me so happy that you love this simple and delicious recipe. It means so much to me ! Thanks for reading my blog and testing my recipes. xoxo Carine.