Homemade Crepes (Dairy or Pareve)

Homemade crepes pareve

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Crepes have a reputation for being complicated to make, but if you can scramble an egg, then you can make homemade crepes or blintzes. It takes a little practice at first, but once you get the hang of handling the batter, you should be able to turn them out with ease. Best of all, crepes are wonderfully versatile—you can fill them with a wide range or sweet or savory fillings for a quick snack or an elegant meal. 

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk (or soy milk, or other favorite dairy milk substitute)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch sea salt (or Kosher salt)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled to room temperature, or neutral-flavored oil)
  • Oil (for cooking)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for homemade crepe pareve
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  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk or soy milk.

    Whisk together eggs
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  3. Whisk in the flour, salt, sugar, vanilla (if using), and butter until the batter is smooth and lump-free.

    Whisk in the flour
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  4. Alternatively, place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, about 15 to 20 seconds. The batter will be thin. Allow the batter to rest for at 5 minutes before using.

    Place in a blender
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  5. Lightly oil a crepe pan or nonstick skillet (cast iron works well). Warm the pan over medium-high heat.

    Lightly oil crepe pan
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  6. Pour about 1/4 cup of crepe batter mixture into the center of the hot pan, then immediately lift the pan and rotate your wrist so that the batter spreads into a thin round. Place the pan back on the heat.

    Pour crepe batter
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  7. Alternatively, you can leave the pan on the heat and spread the crepe batter with the bottom of a small ladle. Start in the middle of the batter, and gently move it in a widening circular pattern until the batter spreads.

    Add batter to pan
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  8. When the edges of the crepe start to pull away from the side of the pan and the top looks set, slip a spatula under it and carefully flip the crepe.

    Flip crepe
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  9. Cook until the underside is slightly browned in spots.

    Cook
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  10. Transfer to a plate and continue making crepes until the batter is used up, stacking them as you go.

    Transfer to a plate
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  11. Fill the crepes with your choice of filling.

    Fill the crepes
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  12. Fold or roll them over the filling any way you want.

    Fold
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  13. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips

  • While you can substitute water for the milk in a pinch, the crepes are tastier when made with milk or a dairy substitute, such as soy milk.
  • Sugar and vanilla are optional additions but are especially nice if you're making dessert crepes.
  • While you can make the crepes right away, it is preferable to allow the batter to rest, covered in the refrigerator, for at least 1 hour, and up to a day in advance, before using. Whisk the batter again before cooking the crepes.

Great Crepe Fillings

Explore these ideas for filling your crepes:

  • Sautéed spinach and feta 

  • Ratatouille and goat cheese

  • Scrambled eggs and salsa

  • Roasted salmon and Dijon mustard

  • Nut butter and jam

  • Nutella

  • Dark chocolate and strawberries

  • Dulce de leche and bananas

  • Sautéed apples and cinnamon

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