Breakfast Crepes

This is a classic recipe for basic crepes, published by Juila Child in her The Art of French Cooking. It is so easy and fool proof, yet so versatile. You don’t need special equipment or skills. I used whole wheat flour in place of the original all-purpose flour and the outcome is as great.

The crepes can be the basis for dessert crepes or savory dishes.

Breakfast Crepes

Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Vol I, page 191
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Crepes, Dessert Crepes, French Pancakes, Julia Child
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Isabel Wang
Cost: $5


  • Tawa or cast iron skillet
  • blender
  • spatula
  • measuring cup


  • 2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 tbsp melted butter


Prepare the batter

  • Put the liquids, eggs, and salt into the blender. Add the flour, then the melted butter
  • Blend at top speed for 1 minute
  • Cover the refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight
  • The batter should be a very light cream, just thick enough to coat a wooden spoon

Make crepes

  • Brush the skillet with a thin layer of oil
  • Heat the skillet over medium high heat
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter at center of the skillet
  • Tilt the skillet in all directions to spread the batter out into a round thin film in 5 seconds
  • Heat the pan for 30-60 sec before flip the crepe with a spatula
  • The cooked side of the crepe should look golden to light brown
  • Heat the other side of the crepe for 15 sec, until it shows spotty brown

Serve warm

  • Can be served with chocolate sauce, fresh fruits or yogurt


It is better to use a light weight skillet, so that it is easy to swirl the pan and spread the batter.  A well-season tawa worked the best for me. If the skillet is well seasoned, no need to brush it with oil.
The heat is important and takes a couple of trials to get the right heat.  Medium works the best for me.

About the Author Isabel Wang, MD/PhD

I received my MD from PUMC in Beijing China and my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University on Long Island. Over the years, I have worked in the fields of genetic research and clinical medicine in different parts of the US, including PA, MO, CT, FL, NY and MI. My research has been published in multiple scientific journals. Currently I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband and our children and Mango the orange tabby. I love hiking, running, baking, cooking and biking.

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