Crepe Batter (I learned this basic crepe batter recipe in a cooking class and it’s never failed me.)
¾ cup milk
½ cup water
1 cup flour
3 tbsp melted butter
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse for 10 seconds until blended evenly. Place the batter in refrigerator for at least one hour. (This allows the bubbles to subside so that the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. If I don’t have much time, I skip this step, and they still turn out great.)
Warm a small non-stick pan over medium heat and add butter to coat. Pour a small amount of batter and swirl center with spoon for an even, thin layer. Cook for around 30 seconds or a little longer if you want a more golden finish and flip. Crepes will be soft, moist and pliable- perfect for filling. Yields about 15 crepes.
You can get creative here whether you want to go savory or sweet. I like to do both; one for entree, one for dessert. And by one I mean two or three.
Spinach Artichoke Brie Crepes with Honey Sauce
My new favorite, compliments of Half Baked Harvest! Get the recipe.
Quick ‘n Easy Pulled Chicken
Fill crepe with warmed Jack Daniel’s Pulled Chicken and top with Crema Mexicana (a sweeter, healthier alternative to sour cream). Garnish with scallions or sautéed onions.
Fill crepes with egg scramble including cheese, zucchini, onion, mushroom or whatever else floats your boat.
Add ¼ tsp salt, ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes to the egg mixture. Simple as that!
Mascarpone and Fruit
Line crepe with mascarpone cheese and top with your fruit of choice (strawberries, raspberries, apricots, nectarines and blueberries all pair nicely).
Maple Cream Sauce
Combine one heaping spoonful of cream cheese with equal parts marshmallow crème. Stir in maple syrup (the good stuff) and a dash of milk. Goes well with bananas and strawberries!
The Alcoholic Crepe
Add 2 ½ tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of your favorite liqueur to the egg mixture. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Spread
I’m a fan of the Philadelphia Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread, but there are plenty of other variations to choose from. Accompanied with a sliced banana, it’s pure heaven. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
Banana ‘n Nutella
Classic- need I say more? Top with generous amounts of whip cream.
Swedish Crepe Cake
If you really want to get fancy check out this recipe for Swedish Crepe Cake compliments of Maria Stordahl (Jason’s cousin). Her AMAZING recipes are featured on Huffington Post’s Best Food Blogger list (and you can follow her Pink Patisserie blog).
Have a favorite crepe recipe? Share in the comments!