Are you afraid of Crepes?

We have crepes in our house at least every week. It's something I know the kids will eat (yes, they are picky) and I have the recipe memorized, so it's super fast. The kids love to help dump in the ingredients and run the beaters. Talking to several friends, they are afraid to try making crepes. So I'm here to demonstrate and get rid of the fear.

Growing up we called them "Aunt Dana Pancakes" because (surprise surprise) our Aunt Dana made them for us first. We now call them "rolly pancakes" in our house. Growing up we loved them with powdered sugar and sprinkled lemon juice; my kids love them with syrup and sprinkles. I can't wait for my kids to race to eat the most the fastest; I remember this competition happening countless times growing up.

There are lots of crepe recipes out there. Honestly, I haven't tried any others besides this one. There are recipes with fewer ingredients as well. I just know that this is easy and tastes good. If you wanted to make them for dinner crepes, omit the sugar.

After mixing the ingredients, I use a ladle to scoop the batter onto the pan. I use a pretty full scoop for a large pan and about 1/2 a scoop for a small pan. (I usually have 2 pans going at once to speed the cooking process.) Watch this video to see the ladle and spin action. (Don't mind the He-Man movie in the background)
Once the crepe is on the pan, as soon as the top appears dry, flip it.
It takes an even shorter time on the other side. You want the whole crepe the least amount of brown as possible (with this recipe). Otherwise, it will get crispy.
I know my parents have made these the night before and stuck them in the fridge for a morning brunch. If you cook about 5 and then layer with plastic wrap, etc, then they will come apart easily. They are great warm or cold. Most often I just end up eating them with nothing on them. However, the best it nutella and strawberries!
About 5 servings (if you are really serving 5 adults, I would double it to have leftovers)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water
4 eggs (if you only have 2-3 on hand, still doable)
1/4 cup oil
1-2 tsp vanilla (almond also tastes good)

Mix all ingredients together with electric beaters. Spray frying pans with non-stick spray. Ladle into pans and cook on 1st side just until the top looks dry and the pancake won't break when flipped. Cook on the 2nd side for 1/2 the time on the first. Eat and enjoy.


  1. Hi! I agree; crepes are great recipes for kids. Fun to watch and fun to eat! Just stumbled upon your blog because of the crepe posting. Would you consider posting your opinion on your favorite crepe filling on my page for the best crepe recipe in the world? We've got some friendly dialogue on the subject! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Bonnie, thank you! Now, if I could just learn to sew :)

  3. Ashley, I love your crepe blog! My wheels are already turning about the different things I want to try with crepes. P.S. You could totally sew...I just taught myself.

  4. sooo I used to love crepes until my mom did a crepe bar for my brother's wedding reception after Christmas...we made 200 crepes and had to eat leftovers for about a week afterwards...LOL

  5. I make whole wheat crepes for my kids and they love them. I want to try to make the that stuff!


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