How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes). A Quick and Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

Crepes are originally from France and are very popular throughout Europe.

How To Make Crepes or Thin Pancakes. Quick & Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

Crepes are so adaptable, you can make them as a savory or sweet dish, often for savory, there is a filling of cheese, eggs, ratatouille, ham etc.

For sweet, it is common to add some sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. You can add jam, fruits, whipped cream...really, these lovely pancakes are as flexible as your imagination!

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What do you do for Shrove Tuesday with pancakes?

Crepes or thin pancakes are very popular in the U.K, particularly around February, when it is Shrove Tuesday (Start of Lent).

Traditionally, people would make pancakes and then have a race, running along and flipping the pancake at the same time in a pan. Whoever got to the finish line with their pancake still in the pan was the winner!

These days, Shrove Tuesday is often referred to as 'Pancake Day' with very little thought for the religious meaning.

Here, I show you how easy it is to make a basic crepe or thin pancake, which you can make ahead and chill or freeze, or eat right away.

I made mine with simply sprinkling sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, and then added some blueberries and ice cream. Go wild with your creativity and add your favorites!

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes) Quick & Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

2 - 3 minutes

Yield

6 Pancakes

Ingredients

3/4 cups or 100 g All Purpose Flour
1 Egg
1 1/4 cups or 280 ml milk
Pinch of Salt
For a basic sweet pancake after cooking:
2 -3 Tablespoons Regular Sugar for sprinkling
1/2 lemon (for squirting at the end)

Instructions

1. Mix all the ingredients together using a whisk and transfer to a pouring jug for ease.

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes), batter

2. Heat a fry pan on a LOW heat. (my pan is 11 inches in diameter so I managed to get 6 pancakes from this mixture.)

3. Add a teaspoon of butter to the pan and allow to melt, then add 3 tablespoons of the pancake mixture to the pan.

Tilt and swirl the pan so the batter covers the entire base.

You may need to add less or more batter depending on the size of your pan.

The amount should be enough to thinly coat the pan as in the photo.

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes), batter in the pan

4. Be patient and after a couple of minutes, you will see the batter come away from the sides.

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes), when to flip over

The pancake will loosen in the pan and the bottom will turn golden brown.

This is when it is time to turn or flip the pancake over and cook the other side until golden.

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes), when to flip over

See this handy video if you'd like to have a go flipping your pancakes. Have fun!

5. If making sweet pancakes, sprinkle some sugar on a plate and slide the pancake on to the sugared plate.

Add your fillings if using, squeeze some lemon juice and fold the pancake over or roll it.

You choose!

How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes), layer them on a plate

6. Repeat the above steps until all the batter is used up.

You can keep these warm in a low-temperature oven covered with foil whilst you cook the remaining pancakes.

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How to Make Crepes (Thin Pancakes) Quick & Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

Different Filling Suggestions.

Savory Filling Suggestions

  • Add grated cheese (your favourite!)
  • Scrambled Eggs, thin-sliced ham, and top with a thick creamy cheese sauce.
  • Add some cooked salmon with chopped chives and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Add ratatouille, fold the pancake and sprinkle grated cheese over and melt in the oven.

Sweet Filling Suggestions

  • Spread your favorite jam and fold the pancake over
  • Add whipped cream
  • Add fruit compote
  • Add pie filling
  • Serve as they are with some ice cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar
  • Add orange juice and sugar to the frypan, cook until reduced then add the pancakes and heat through. This is also known as Crepes Suzette.

Recipe Card

How To Make Crepes or Thin Pancakes. Quick & Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

How To Make Crepes or Thin Pancakes

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

How To Make Crepes or Thin Pancakes.
Quick & Easy guide with lots of filling suggestions too! Great if you need a 'quick fix' dessert too!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups or 100 g All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/4 cups or 280 ml milk
  • Pinch of Salt

For a basic sweet pancake after cooking:

  • 2 -3 Tablespoons Regular Sugar for sprinkling
  • 1/2 lemon, for squirting at the end

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together using a whisk and transfer to a pouring jug for ease.
  2. Heat a fry pan on a LOW heat. (my pan is 11 inches in diameter so I managed to get 6 pancakes from this mixture.)
  3. Add a teaspoon of butter to the pan and allow to melt, then add 3 tablespoons of the pancake mixture to the pan. Tilt and swirl the pan so the batter covers the entire base. You may need to add less or more batter depending on the size of your pan. The amount should be enough to thinly coat the pan as in the photo.
  4. Be patient and after a couple of minutes, you will see the batter come away from the sides. The pancake will loosen in the pan and the bottom will turn golden brown. This is when it is time to turn or flip the pancake over and cook the other side until golden.
  5. If making sweet pancakes, sprinkle some sugar on a plate and slide the pancake on to the sugared plate. Add your fillings if using, squeeze some lemon juice and fold the pancake over or roll it. You choose!
  6. Repeat the above steps until all the batter is used up. You can keep these warm in a low temperature oven covered with foil whilst you cook the remaining pancakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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