Soft and fluffy traditional French Crêpes are quick and easy to make from scratch. This 4 ingredient recipe is one to have ready for Pancake Day!
Originally posted in February 2015, recipe and photographs updated January 2023.
When I’m craving homemade soft, buttery and fluffy crêpes this recipe ticks all the boxes for me.
These crêpes are incredibly easy to make as the batter can be made in a blender or just in a mixing bowl with a whisk. The batter also doesn’t require chilling before cooking, but it can also be made ahead of time.
I enjoy serving my homemade crêpes with chocolate hazelnut spread, Chantilly cream and berries, but the neutral flavour of these means you can serve and top them with anything that takes your fancy!
With Shrove Tuesday approaching next month, I’m sharing one of my favourite pancake recipes.
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is a day we celebrate and eat lots of homemade pancakes. The reason is that it uses up butter, eggs and other items that are given up for Lent.
I have very fond memories of Pancake Day growing up. We ate plate after plate of pancakes, all with different toppings!
I love big, fluffy American-style pancakes equally as much as I adore crêpes, and this Nigella recipe has never let me down – it’s a recipe I’ve made for years.
This is the kind of dessert I could eat forever and I would be happy. I love a thin crispy pancake packed full of warm Nutella, that really is dessert heaven for me!
These crêpes make an awesome weekend breakfast. They’re light, airy, and delicious with the warm, oozy Nutella spilling out.
Crêpes are great served with savoury fillings such as ham (a vegetarian option is also brilliant too), cheese and mustard. Another favourite of ours is lemon juice and sugar, it’s such a fresh and sweet flavour combination.
The list and choices are endless!
You can even make a Crêpe Cake too! Layer each crêpe, spread with your choice of filling and continue going until you’ve used all your crêpes up – you will probably need to make a double batch of this recipe to make enough crêpes for a cake.
Bookmark this recipe to make right away or next month for Pancake Day! You might also like to try my popular Fluffy American Pancakes or Fluffy Vegan Pancakes too!
I made a double batch of this recipe, and that made plenty of crêpes for dessert one night and breakfast the next day. We can’t get enough of these and they use very little ingredients, which is an added bonus!
- 30 g butter (salted or unsalted)
- 150 g plain flour
- 325 ml milk
- 1 egg
- Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly.
- In a blender or mixing bowl blend/whisk the flour, milk and egg until combined. Now add the melted butter and combine until you have a smooth and thin pancake batter. If there are any lumps in your batter, pass through it through a sieve. At this point you can chill the batter for up to 2 days before using - I always allow my batter to rest overnight, but this is optional.
- Heat a small amount of extra butter in a small pan (the pan I use is approx. 20cm / 8-inch in diameter). Once melted carefully wipe away any excess butter. Take roughly 2-3 tablespoons of the pancake mixture into the pan and swirl around until a thin, crisp pancake forms covering the base of your pan. It will only take about a 1 minute to cook on one side. Now flip over and cook on the other side for about another 30 seconds until lightly coloured. Once cooked place on some parchment paper and keep warm in the oven - placing a layer of parchment paper in between each crêpe to avoid them sticking together.
- Repeat the above step with the remaining batter. Fold or roll the crêpes and serve warm with a choice of fillings and toppings.
- Crêpes will keep once cooked, covered for up to 3 days. They can be frozen, wrapped well for up to 3 months - when ready to serve, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave in 20 second bursts until hot.
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45 thoughts on “Homemade Crêpes”
Beautiful crepes, Jess! I would love to eat these every day for breakfast. Bring on the Nutella!
I love to have crepes fr breakfast. I love the way you presented this, the combination of nutella and red rasberry looks great. 🙂
These are gorgeous! The picture with the dollop of whipped cream is absolutely tantalizing!
I can have crepes everyday especially when nutella is involved! 😉 These look fantastic Jess!
Looks great Jess!
Can’t wait to try it out 🙂
These crepes look incredible! Nutella and raspberries are a wonderful combo!
I adore crepes! If I could choose pancakes or crepes, crepes win every time. Did you hear that the owner of Nutella passed away on Valentines Day? :O
Oh, these crepes look sinfully good! The Nutella and those raspberries look like the perfect filling! 🙂
Nutella and crepes? Sounds pretty much like perfect food — delicious!
Those crepes really do look perfect! And Nutella and raspberries sound like such a perfect combo! Loving it!!
Nutella certainly is versatile. It can be used in almost andydish and it really adds a lot!
Oooh these crepes look amazing, especially with the Nutella and raspberries! Too good 🙂
These crepes look beautiful, Jess! Nutella and raspberries are such an amazing combo!
What a beautiful breakfast!
Jess!! These crepes are perfection!!! so beautiful! can’t go wrong with a recipe from Nigella and love that you can make these in a blender! love!!
These crepes look absolutely perfect, Jess! I loooove all that nutella goodness and my gosh, your photos are just gorgeous! It’s too late to make these for weekend breakfast, but I think they’re gonna have to happen this week anyway. 😉
Oh I’m so glad to have a go-to crepe recipe now! Crepes can be so finicky, but yours look like absolute perfection! Happy Monday, Jess 🙂
I adore crepes as well! I remember one camp we went to and they served strawberry and cream crepes and I was hooked. I’ve never tried them here at home though – that needs to change! Especially since you’ve got Nutella going on … these are definitely the perfect crepe Jess! Just what my Monday needed!
I want crêpes ! For the breakfast, for the tea time ! Love it ! Yours looks great 🙂
Yesterday in the news talk about Nutella, Mr. Ferrero is dead ! It’s a pity 🙁
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Nutella and crepes together?! I’m all in. These look delicious, Jess!
Jess this reminds me I need to make more crepes!! Omg this combination is to die for and I just bought a fresh nutella so you know what I will be eating for breakfast tomorrow!! Thanks :))
It’s been way too long since I’ve had crepes and I freaking LOVE Nutella! Great idea!
I’ve pinned this recipe for sooner, rather than later =D. I can’t wait to try these! I’ve gone my whole life (nearly 20 years) without trying crepes, even though I’ve wanted to, and now I’m determined to make then as soon as I can!
Yum! I’d love these for breakfast. Anything Nutella has got to be fabulous!
These crepes look amazing, Jessica! I’m such a nutella addict, so these are right up my alley. Pinned!
Why have I never heard of pancake day before?! These look amazing…love nutella and raspberries, perfect flavor combo 🙂
Wow these look amazing. Never tried making crepes at home before. I will have to change that!
Thanks Kelly – if you’ve never made homemade crepes you should definitely try this recipe! So great and really easy to make too! Hope you enjoy! x
These crepes look so perfect, Jess! Nutella will be so so amazing with these! yum!
Oh my! I could have crepes everyday, especially when adorned with Nutella, raspberries and whipped cream!
Those crepes look just perfect! Nutella & raspberries are the perfect foil! Yum!!
These look delicious, Jess. I prefer crepes to pancakes too – so looking forward to trying this combination. Love the nutella and raspberry combination!
Nutella Crêpes are my favorite… along with Dulce de Leche Crêpes! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab ’em!
These crepes look amazing! I love the nutella and raspberry combination, such a great idea.
Perfect indeed! And I love the fresh raspberries!
MOAN. Now this is what I wish I had eaten for breakfast! Yes, a day late. But…I don’t really abide by lent anyway. 🙂
Happy (belated) Pancake Day, Jess! I used a recipe very similar to this yesterday for my crepes (Delia by any chance?) and loved it. It was the first time I’d done the adding the butter part and they turned out wonderfully. Do you actually make your own nutella? I’m very impressed if you did!
Nutella crepes are such a classic! These look beyond amazing 🙂
These really do look perfect! I haven’t made crepes since French class in high school! I think that needs to change…
I haven’t made crepes since forever. Now you’re making me want some! Yours look absolutely perfect! and you topped them so perfectly! 🙂
I’d love to eat Nutella more often but.. it’s 50% sugar! I must admit that together with crepes it makes for a perfect treat 🙂
Nutella is the best! I’ve been forcing myself not to buy it because I know I’ll finish the whole jar in seconds if I do 😀 …but now I’m tempted! Looks so delicious!
I’m a big fan of crepes or pancakes on the weekend – the perfect indulgent weekend brekkie! Especially when smothered in Nutella…
Nigella can never do wrong, can she? This looks soooo good, Jessica!