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homemade vanilla crepes

Homemade Vanilla Crepes

Make these vanilla crepes at home for a delicious French-style breakfast or dessert!  Learn easy technique how to make French crepes at home in a regular frying pan! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 119 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or, up to 1 tablespoon – for more pronounced flavor)

Instructions

  1. Mix all those ingredients in a large bowl and whisk the mixture until lumps dissolve.

  2. Heat frying pan until very hot (on high heat on stove top), spray it with a non-stick spray and, using a soup ladle, pour small amount of batter into the frying pan as you roll the pan from side to side just enough to cover the bottom of the pan evenly with a thin layer of crepe batter. Depending on the size of your soup ladle, you could use a whole ladle-ful, or less. It also depends on the diameter of your skillet. The key is to cover the bottom of the pan with just a slightly thick layer of batter, don’t coat it too thickly.

  3. Let this thin layer of crepe batter cook for 1,2 or 3 minutes, depending on your pan (the subsequent crepes will require much less time to cook than the first time as the pan heats up even more), then flip the crepe to the other side and let it cook for another minute on the other side. This way, you cook each crepe 1-2 minutes on each side. To flip the crepe, pick up the sides of the crepe around its circumference, gradually reaching towards the center of the crepe from all sides, until the crepe separates from the pan. How to know when it’s time to flip the crepe? When you pour the batter, it will be wet in the frying pan but gradually bubbles will be forming and batter will start to dry. When it’s all bubbles and no liquid batter – it’s time to flip! You can see it on my photos below.

  4. Your subsequent crepes might require much less time to cook, and the more of them you have to make, the faster you will have to flip the crepes, because the frying pan will get more and more heated up. When you cook crepes, your frying pan is always on high heat. This will minimize sticking.

  5. As each crepe gets done, transfer it to the plate and add each new crepe on top of previous crepe in the stack. Sometimes I like to brush each crepe with softened butter and then top it with the next one.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Crepes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.