Holly’s Perfect Crepes

by Holly on October 27, 2009

My apologies to my TWD friends, but I am missing out this week. The Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte, chosen by April of Short + Rose sounds like fun, but also sounds a bit too rich and complex for the simple things my tummy can handle these days. I definitely have it bookmarked for down the road and can’t wait to see how others turned out!

In the mean time, it occurred to me when I was posting the recipe for the Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread that I hadn’t shared or even written down my recipe for the crepes in the last picture. Since it is my own recipe (via several versions I’ve tried over time and tweaked, then tweaked some more, then have finally been satisfied with perfectly).

Whether or not my recipe is perfectly ‘authentic’ or not, I don’t really know, nor does it matter to me. My criteria for the perfect crepe is one that has great flavor, great texture and is a user-friendly, not fussy batter that doesn’t make me want to swear. My other criteria is that, though they keep nicely, I don’t want a recipe where I have to stand at the pan or griddle and make 30+ crepes from one batch. Since, more often than not, I am making breakfast for myself and my two little boys. My hubs isn’t often around for breakfast, and when he is, this recipe still stretches just enough for us.

The really nice thing is that, since it is so easy, and with no weird measurements, it can easily be doubled to make more. The edges get a little nice and crisp, while the crepe itself is still flexible and supple.
More often than not we just eat these with some homemade strawberry jam, but like I said before, they are great with some of that homemade spread and some bananas, or strawberries, or ice cream as a dessert. Really, since they aren’t too sweet, they pair nicely with most anything, though if I were going for a savory crepe I would probably reduce the sugar or take it out all together, and leave out the vanilla.
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Mary Ann October 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I love crepes. We had them on Sunday afternoons, filled with fruit and powdered sugar. I am going to have to try your recipe! They look perfect!

Dolce October 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm

French crepes go this way : 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour, 2 cups milk, 1 egg. Everything else is optional. If you follow this base, you get paper thin crepes with a crispy border versatile for savory or sweet toppings šŸ™‚

PheMom October 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for that ingredient list @Dolce! I can't wait to try these – they sound so much simpler than the 'so-called' authentic crepe recipes I've seen that are always way to eggy for me.

Maria October 28, 2009 at 1:36 am

They look perfect to me! I need to make crepes more often

Katrina October 28, 2009 at 3:15 am

What an awesome looking stack of crepes! I'm gonna have to try those (and to go along with your homemade Nutella that I've made!)

Chocolaty Lifestyle October 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

They are looking really perfect! I'd love to try them! šŸ™‚

Manggy October 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Nutella and bananas…. YESSSS šŸ™‚ (or mangoes, of course!!! šŸ™‚

The Hip Hostess October 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

My husband is french and I've been making crepes from my MIL's recipe for years, but mine never looked this good! Have got to try this recipe.

Gourmified October 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm

YUM! I love making crepes! Yours look delish. I love to add a touch of almond extract to mine for an extra yum flavor, too!

Carol Peterman October 29, 2009 at 3:58 am

Crepes! Lovely! You are right about the cherry chocolate torte being a little rich. It's worth giving a try when you are ready to indulge.

Dolce October 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Let me know when you try the simpler variation šŸ™‚

Sophie November 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Your crepes look sensational!! they must taste fab!!

Cristie November 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I love crepes. These look wonderful. It was so nice to meet you the other night, hope to see you soon.

Jill November 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Crepes are so good! I need to try making them myself. THanks for the recipe!

Gabi November 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I love having a recipe I can always count on and that works exactly as I need it to. Lovely crepes. Hope you're feeling a bit better xoxo

Jaime November 8, 2009 at 1:03 am

those look perfect! I love crepes šŸ™‚

thanks for the well wishes – any day now šŸ™‚

Jennifer November 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I love crepes but its been forever since Ive made them!

Lynnylu November 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I can think of lots of fillings to put in those lovely crepes you made! NIce photos, too.

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