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Homemade Basic Crepes Recipe (Russian Pancakes)

These Russian blini are incredibly good on their own, or served with condensed milk. Serve them warm for breakfast, dessert or anytime you'd like!
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I love recipes that are versatile. Recipes that can be turned into something sweet or savory. And these crepes are just that. Super-versatile. Super delicious. Sweet. Savory. And everything in between. 

If you’ve never made these yummy crepes at home before, don’t worry. This is an easy-to-follow recipe that you’ll reach for over and over. It’s the only crepe recipe you need, really. And the best part? There are only 7 ingredients that go into it. 

My All Time Favorite Crepes Recipe Russian Pancakes

What are crepes?

Essentially, crepes are ultra-thin French/Russian pancakes. They’re as delicate and paper-thin as lace with perfectly browned, crisp edges. They differ from pancakes because they usually aren’t made with any leavening agents. 

But I’ve added a pinch of baking powder. Hear me out. I know this defies the rule of crepes but adding just a hint, and I really do mean a hint, of leavener gives these crepes a little oomph. You can totally skip it if you’re wanting super-thin crepes, but I like a little fluff in mine. Not like pancakes, but just a little something for my fork to dig into.

My All Time Favorite Crepes Recipe Russian Pancakes

Crepes are the perfect classy breakfast/brunch food. You could fill them or top them. Serve them with fresh, whipped cream, berries, or Nutella for a classic sweet treat. Or turn them into a savory dish that’s filled with fresh vegetables or meat. Remember when I mentioned how versatile these were? I wasn’t kidding.

I hope you try making these easy crepes at home. It’s the perfect addition to your next Sunday brunch!

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How to make my All Time Favorite Crepes

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Homemade Basic Crepes Recipe (Russian Pancakes)

These Russian blini are incredibly good on their own, or served with condensed milk. Serve them warm for breakfast, dessert or anytime you'd like!
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Course: Breakfast, brunch, Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 224kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • In a microwave, melt 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together 5 large eggs. Add in 2 Tablespoons sugar and continue whisking.
  • Then add 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 2 cups of milk, 1 Tablespoon of oil and ¼ teaspoons of baking powder.
  • Whisk all together well.
  • Continue to whisk, add in 3 cups of flour (½ cup at a time).
  • Add in 2 more cups of milk and mix all together well. Batter should be runny.
  • Heat up a crepe pan on medium-high heat.
  • Using a ladle, add batter to the pan, and turning the pan to spread the batter all around. Crepes will heat up quickly, so work fast.
  • As soon as the crepe begins to turn golden, flip over and continue cooking until both sides are golden brow. Each side should take 30-60 seconds.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t have a crepe pan, no worries! A regular non-stick pan will work great.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg

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