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13+ Different Ways to Make This Amazing French Crepe Recipe for Sunday Brunch

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This amazing French Crepe Recipe will produce the most delicate, buttery soft, delicious crepes you can imagine. With this recipe can create any type of crepe that you dream of. And it’s so easy. You can stir them, whisk them, or mix them up in your blender.

You can fill these crepes or stuff them, you can roll them or fold them; enjoy them sweet or savory. 

You can add butter, cream or cheese! 

Cheese

Cheese! We are talking French crepes after all. Just take this French Crepe Recipe plus any type of cheese you can find and you’ll automatically have mouth watering results. 

French Crepe Recipe

I’ve tried several French Crêpe recipes, but I always come back to this favorite passed down through my family due to its simplicity. 

It has a simple core recipe of eggs, milk and flour. That is literally all you need to make a delicious crêpe! Then you can add whatever filling, whether sweet or savory, filling or light, healthy or indulgent. 

The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s an excellent base. Have you ever heard of orange crepes, or chocolate crepes? With this French crepe recipe you can make countless variations! 

A Crepe Cooking in a Pan

The Perfect Food

Crêpes are the perfect food. They can be a simple breakfast, a hearty brunch, or a savory dinner.  They are beautiful and versatile, accommodating and gratifying, and lest we mention, culturally significant. 

They are loved the world over, and are celebrated nationally in France on February 2: Jour des Crêpes! 

In my house, we celebrate them as often as possible. Which is why I have so many recipes to share with you today. 

Make this one simple French crepe recipe, and then offer a buffet of delicious ingredients to fill your crepes with for the most amazing brunch! 

14 Different Ways to Make This Amazing French Crepe Recipe

  1. Raspberry Orange Crepes
  2. Chocolate Pear Crepes
  3. Apple Bacon Brie Crepes
  4. Banana Nutella Crepes
  5. Ricotta Almond Crepes
  6. Salmon Asparagus Crepes with Dill Sauce
  7. Peanut Butter & Jam Crepes
  8. Avocado & Corn Crepes with Onion Reduction
  9. Lemon Powdered Sugar Crepes
  10. Blackberry Lemon Curd Crepes
  11. Strawberries & Cream Crepes
  12. Peaches & Cream Crepes
  13. Bell Pepper & Brie Crepes with Garlic Hollandaise 
  14. Cheese Omelet Crepes

How to Make French Crepes [Video]

lemon powdered sugar crepe

French Crepes

Catherine Olson
This amazing French Crepe Recipe will produce the most delicate, buttery soft, delicious crepes you can imagine.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 8 Crepes

Equipment

  • 8" nonstick pan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Beat with hand mixer or mix in a blender until smooth
  • Allow batter to sit for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in an 8″ nonstick pan before each crepe
  • Swirl to coat
  • Pour a thin layer of batter to fill the center
  • Swirl the batter around the pan until it fills the edges
  • Allow to cook until the crepe will slide out of the pan on its own
  • Slide the crepe onto a rubber scraper and flip over to cook for another minute
  • Plate and serve
Keyword French Crepe Recipe

1. Raspberry Orange Crêpes

You can make any fruit flavored crepe batter by adding a little bit of fruit juice to the batter!

  • Make orange crepes by adding juice from half an orange when you add the milk 
  • Fill crepes with raspberry purée, and freshly whipped orange cream to serve
Raspberry Orange Crepes

2. Chocolate Pear Crêpes

Chocolate Crepes can be paired with any fruit! Pears are one of my personal favorites! 

You can make chocolate crepes by either:

  1. Adding a tablespoon of chocolate syrup to the batter
  2. Adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the batter
  • Thinly slice pears and toss in a teaspoon of sugar to bring out the juice
  • Fill chocolate crepes with sliced pears and roll crepe up tight
  • Top with freshly whipped whip cream to serve! 
Chocolate Pear French Crepe Recipe

3. Apple Bacon Brie Crepes

This is my personal favorite type of savory breakfast crepe! It’s so simple and yet the combination of flavors is so perfect!

  • Immediately out of the pan, while still hot, layer crepe with several slices of brie cheese
  • Add thin slices of apples, peel on
  • Cover with bacon strips
  • Roll crepe up tight to serve
Bacon Apple Brie French Crepe Recipe

4. Banana Nutella Crêpes

This is the classic French Crepe Recipe filling. No fuss, no advance preparation, no pre-planning. Just open the cupboard and indulge.

  • Slather an open faced crepe with Nutella
  • Cover with sliced bananas
  • Complete crepe fold to serve

5. Ricotta Almond Crepes

A simplified version of Cheese Blintzes where you whip up ricotta cheese with whipped cream!

  • Mix ⅓ cup of whipped heavy cream
  • Add ½ cup of ricotta cheese
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Whip together
  • Spoon into crepe and cover with crushed or sliced almonds to serve
Ricotta Almond Crepes

6. Salmon Asparagus Crêpes

Crepes for dinner are always a great idea. One part carbohydrate + one part protein + one part vegetable.

Make this extra French by making a salmon tartare instead of grilled salmon.

Violà!

  • Prepare crepes as directed, cooking one by one
  • Stack on a plate and set aside
  • In another small sauce pan, prepare dill sauce
    • 1 tablespoon minced onions
    • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
    • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • ¼ cup brine from dill pickles
    • Caramelize onions in a small saucepan over low heat
    • Add remaining ingredients and whisk together until combined and cheese is melted
    • Leave on low heat to keep warm
  • Grill an 8 oz. salmon steak in a tablespoon of butter
  • Steam asparagus
  • Fill crepes with shredded salmon, and 2-3 stalks of asparagus
  • Roll crepes to close, and cover with dill sauce to serve
French Crepes Recipe for Dinner with Salmon and Asparagus

You could substitute any fish in this recipe.

7. Peanut Butter and Jam Crêpes

Why have a sandwich when you could have a crepewich instead?

  • Fill crepes with a spoonful of peanut butter and lather on like a piece of bread
  • Top with a second layer of fruit preserves, jelly or jam
  • Complete crepe fold to serve

My kids love to add bacon to their crepe sandwiches!

Peanut Butter and Blueberry Jam Crepes

8. Avocado Corn Crêpes with Onion Reduction Sauce

Vegetarian dinner crepes everyone will love!

  • Prepare onion reduction sauce
    • In a blender add ¼ cup of caramelized diced sweet onion
    • 1 tablespoon sour cream
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
    • Puree until smooth
    • Add salt and pepper to taste
    • Transfer to a saucepan over low heat and cook until mixture comes to a boil
    • Set Aside
  • Fill crepes with a spoonful of cubed avocado 
  • Add a spoonful of whole corn kernels
  • Cover with fresh sprouts
  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fold over both ends of crepe and top with onion reduction sauce to serve
avocado corn crepes

9. Lemon Powdered Sugar Crepes

This simple French Crepe Recipe filling is even easier than Nutella and Bananas!

  • Sprinkle open faced crepe with powdered sugar
  • Squeeze juice from half a lemon over crepe
  • Complete crepe fold to serve
lemon powdered sugar crepe

10. Blackberry Lemon Crêpes

I could find a reason to put Lemon Curd on anything and everything!

  • Fill crêpes with a large spoonful of blackberry purée
  • Add one spoonful of lemon curd
  • Complete crepe fold to serve
  • Top with whipped cream to serve

11. Strawberries & Cream Crepes

The more cream the better!

  • Fill crêpe with sliced, quartered or diced fresh strawberries marinated in a bit of sugar
  • Fold over both ends of crepe and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream to serve

12. Peaches & Cream Crepes

You can’t go wrong with fresh peaches tossed in sugar!

  • Fill crêpe with sliced, quartered or diced fresh peaches marinated in a bit of sugar
  • Fold over both ends of crepe and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream to serve

13. Bell Pepper Brie Crêpes with Garlic Hollandaise Sauce

Another vegetarian French Crepe recipe that makes a hearty brunch. A Garlic Hollandaise is the perfect answer to pull out the flavor of the vegetables.

Brie and Bell Pepper Crepes
  • Sauté 3-4 diced mushrooms in butter
  • Add 1 cup of thinly sliced bell peppers
  • Cook until soft
  • Set aside
  • Prepare Garlic Hollandaise
    • Whisk 2 egg yolks
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Pinch of salt
    • Cook egg mixture over a double boiler
    • Stir constantly until it coats the back of a spoon
    • Remove from heat
    • Add 1 finely minced clove of garlic
    • Add 4 tablespoons butter
    • Whisk egg mixture until butter has melted
    • Cover bowl with foil to keep warm
  • Cook crepes one by one
  • Immediately out of the pan, while still hot, layer crepe with several slices of brie cheese
  • Add a spoonful sautéed vegetables
  • Roll up crepe and top with garlic hollandaise to serve

14. Cheese Omelet Crepes

Can you really call it a French Crepe recipe if you don’t fill it with cheese?

  • Fill crepes with scrambled eggs
  • Add your favorite cheese 
  • Plus potatoes if you’re extra hungry
  • Complete crepe fold to serve

What is French Crepe Batter Made of?

There are dozens are French Crepe Recipes, but the only thing you really need is eggs, milk and flour. They are nothing more than a perfect simple thin pancake canvas that can be painted on in whatever way you desire!

How Do I Make A Fruit Purée?

It’s so easy!

All you have to do is mash ½ cup of fruit plus 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir to blend.

How Do I Make Flavored Whipped Cream?

Add zest and fruit juice from fresh fruit during whipping. 

Oranges and lemons are the easiest fruit to flavored whipped cream with, but if you use some of the juice you create by marinating strawberries, raspberries, pears, or peaches, you can create other flavors as well.

You could also use a 1/2 teaspoon of flavored extract or liquor as well, but I’m more of a purist.

Do I Need a Special Crepe Pan?

I’ve never used a special crepe pan, and frankly, I like my crepes more buttery than paper thin.

I also like them big. I use a 10″ round nonstick sautee pan, but you could use any size you want. You just want to make sure that the pan is nonstick so your crepe will slide right off!

My favorite pan:

Do I Have to Flip My Crepe?

When I hear flip, I think throw wildly in the air and catch. If that’s what you mean, than definitely not. It sure would be cool to master though!

But if instead you mean simply cook both sides, then yes. Check out my video above for the easiest way to cook and flip crepes.

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  1. I can't think of a better tradition than Sunday crepes! Especially if they look and taste like these! Are you sticking with sweet? Or are we going to see some savory too?

  2. Oh how I love crepes. This year, National Crepe day is Feb. 2 – I think I just might make this recipe! …seeing that it is my birthday and I can do whatever I want! 🙂

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