Simple Crepes Recipe

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Ahem.  Do you see anything different from my normal pictures?  Anyone?  Well, I hope that was a very obvious question.  The picture is bright, isn’t it?  Spring is finally here and I can take pictures under the natural light as long as I cook during daytime.  It makes a huge difference compared to my posts below.  Ugh look at that curry picture… that was taken at night.

Also, these new pictures were taken by a macro lens.  My husband insisted to buy the lens just for the food pictures.  He’s more serious about my blog than I am, I guess.  With a macro lens I can take closer shots and it’s fun!  But wait, I’m still practicing photography skills so I’ll have to post non-macro lens pictures until I’m ready to share.

Lastly, I’m trying to improve the layout of food.  I just added a fabric here and I think it already looks a lot different from my previous posts.  I’ve been learning SO MUCH from all the foodie bloggers for the past few weeks.  This is my 4th month since I started blogging and I have to start improving my site somehow.

Today’s recipe is crepes.  I love crepes and it’s really easy to make.  Wait, don’t leave my site yet because you can see MORE PICTURES of my delicious crepes (with bright light + new lens + fabrics!), so just stick around for another minute, okay?

I served the crepes with maple syrup and powdered sugar.

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You want to see close up?  Ta-dah!  Look at these fluffy layers… Yum…

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The picture below is with fruits and whipping cream inside.  If you add whipping cream or ice cream, wait till the crepe cools down a bit so it won’t melt.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Simple Crepes
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Serves: 12-15 crepes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cup water (1 cup for original recipe)
  • Cooking spray for greasing the frying pan
Toppings of your choice
  • Nutella, maple syrup, powdered sugar, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, whipping cream, chocolate syrup, etc
  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix all together. Here my sweet little assistant is mixing it up.
  2. First add about ¼ cup of flour and mix well.
  3. Add about ¼ cup of milk and mix well till you don’t see any lumps.
  4. Then add ¼ cup of flour again and mix while stirring in ¼ cup of milk. Mix well until you don’t see any lumps. Repeat this process until you run out of both.
  5. Add 1 cup of water. Mix well and check the consistency of the batter. It should be runny unlike the batter for pancakes. I added ½ cup more water to have a good consistency. Please adjust the water according to your mixture.
  6. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. When it’s getting hot, spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  7. When the pan is hot, use a ladle to pour the batter in the middle of the pan. Swirl the batter around to distribute it evenly.
  8. When the batter started to dry (see below), shift the pan to rotate the crepe. You can peek and check the color of the bottom side of the crepe. When it looks good, flip the crepe with a spatula and cook the other side until it becomes nice color.
  9. Remove from heat. Serve with your favorite fruits or other toppings.
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  1. I LOVE them :) Hope the recipe was easy to follow 😉 and your little assistant is just so adorable. My daughter loves making crepes with me, most times she mixes everything on her own LOL

    And for the record, you got me tonight LOL now I’m the one craving your yummy looking crepes!

    And your pictures are beautiful, I love the new close shots :)

    I also take pictures under the natural light mostly. Been lucky lately with the sun LOL my dining room table is between two large windows so it gets ton of sun :)

    • Hi Suzana! YES! The recipe was easy to follow and easy to cook! Thank you so much. My little assistant started to show more interest in cooking and I’m really happy. My son is into “eating” and I am lucky he eats pretty much everything. Enjoy crepe tomorrow since it’s Sunday! I need to hear your detox story more (but I didn’t say I’ll follow. LOL). You are so lucky to have a dining room with 2 large windows! I have 2 windows (like L shape) but there is a balcony/deck above, so it creates shadows. Now I’m creating a little stand in the living room corner where it gets the brightest natural lights. We’ll see how it goes. Soon my living room is turning into Nami’s Studio!

  2. Ohh Nami this is wonderful, I really really love your photos..
    and of course crepes are my favorite too..Suzana’s recipes are always great!
    And how great that you little girl was helping..wonderful, she is adorable!!!

    • Thanks Tiffany! I never thought of making crepes at home as I used to buy from crepe stands in Japan. Now I can make it anytime! :-) I hope you’re having a great weeknd!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make Suzana’s crepes too! Yours look like they came out great!
    Nami your site is beyond great for only 4 months old, you’re leagues ahead of me (our blogs are the same age) I need to catch up! I’m with you on improving my photos as well, you’re so lucky your husband is an excellent helper and supporter of your blog. I love your photos already and can’t wait to see the new Macro lens photos. When I started taking photos for the blog I was using my blackberry camera (lazy), now I am using my point and shoot and today my new DSLR should be arriving any minute! Promise to share photo tips with me! =)

    • Hi Lindsey! Haha I wonder how many people made crepes after Suzana’s post! Thanks Lindsey! We’ll grow together in this food blog world! I’m really happy to know you. Actually I took one crepe picture using my iPhone and posted it on Facebook fan page. Did you see that? I thought it’s not bad at all. Cellphone camera quality is improving a lot! But anyway you got DSLR! I’m so looking forward to seeing your new pictures. Photo tips from me! Pffff! You saw my Japanese Curry picture and other horrible ones. I’m not sure if I can give you correct/helpful adivce, but I’d love to share what I know with you!

  4. Nami, your crepes are wonderful and love the photos of your little one preparing them. One of life’s fantastic pleasures, sharing with them in the kitchen. Cheers to Spring time and natural light. Lovely pictures. You are so lucky to have a husband who supports you like that on your blog and pictures. Enjoy a lovely weekend together!

    • Hi Jill! Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I am very happy that my daughter shows some interest in cooking. I hope we can make your beautiful macarons using your recipes!

    • Thanks Biren! Your blog inspired me a lot and thank you so much! I hope I can take better pictures with the new lens. I feel like my camera & new lens do all the work for me despite my terrible photo skills. LOL.

  5. Your sous chef is adorable! I thought of trying my hand at crepes today; maybe I’ll just continue to drool over yours. Beautiful pictures that last one is over the top!

  6. I am so jealous! I asked for a new macro lens for Mother’s Day, but I think I’m going to have to make do for a while longer. By the way, I love the background and colors in your photos!

    • Thanks Kara! I know, me too. I always bought crepes before, but you have all the ingredients in your kitchen and it’s really easy to make… my daughter who’s 3 (today!) made it (with my help). Very quick and easy! FYI, just two of you, you probably need half portion. :-)

    • Thanks Ellena! I’m learning so much from you~~~. I need to learn how to pick the right props and how to place the dishes & props. Your blog is my “free” textbook. 😉

  7. ooh lala i love crepes! I want some right now… this will definitely in my plate tomorrow for breakfast or else haha.
    glad to have known you… i love coming over here.


  8. Fantastic photos of perfect crepes! I’ll just imagine that I’m eating it. Adorable little girl. I have a lot of treasured photos of my little girl in the kitchen. Now she’s taller than me.

    • Hi Adora’s Box! Thank you. I know I have to enjoy every moment with her. My son who’s almost 5 doesn’t need me as much as my daughter does now. They are growing up TOO FAST!

  9. I love crepes! Your pictures look so good! I have the opposite problem… we are in autumn and it is getting harder for me to take pictures with natural light!

  10. Being able to use natural light in photos is always a plus. I too have been trying to learn more about food photography since the start of my blog. So much to learn! Your photos are always fabulous though! And as for the crepes…YUM. I love crepes. These have my mouth watering!!

    • Hi Beth! I know…. so much to learn and so little time we have, don’t we? Everyone is having the same struggle and we just have to work hard, I guess. On the other hand, this crepe recipe is easy! 😉

  11. Emily

    Yay Spring! Beautiful pictures and I love the one of your little helper. :) Those do look easy; I can’t wait to make them!

    • Hi CG! Thank you for finding me first, because I’m so happy finding your cute bento website! You are, I normally call, “those crazy moms who make such a cute bento box!”… LOL. Really beautiful and cute at the same time! Nice to meet you!

  12. Hi Celia! Thank you! Let’s hope that we can take lots of great food pictures during spring/summer time and store them for winter. LOL. But your kitchen looks so bright with natural light and I’m so envious!

  13. Your photos are beautiful and from what ieva told me, a good lens makes a big difference not to mention the daylight! For us as the days are longer we don’t have to round our photo shoot before 16p.m like in January (and I get to sleep more)! :) Love the crepes!

    • Ieva (she/he?) takes beautiful photographs and is so talented. You two are a great teammate, ever! I never knew natural light is such a treasure. LOL.

  14. Haha very nice with the “new” natural light :) I love crepes but have been to intimidated to try (chances of failing!). Macro lens is a must Nami! :) You’ll love it soon enough! And your little helper just adorable! 😉

    • Hi Min! What? You said you are afraid of making crepes? NO WAY. Impossible for someone who cooks such a gourmet food… no way no way. I got good lens but I haven’t got good skills. Lol. It’s going to be a long process to figure out how to take beautiful pictures like yours. Well, I’m also in love with your table setting etc. It’s like an interior design. I love looking at it, but I just don’t know how to do it in my house. LOL.

  15. I have the same lighting issue as you since my home esp the kitchen does not enjoy good natural lighting. I could not take any good photos using my point-and shoot cam during winter but at least during spring, I can do better. Not perfect still, just better.

    Thin perfect crepes you have made!

    • Hi Tigerfish! Thank you for stopping by! I didn’t know you are local here, so we share the same weather problem along with lighting issue at home!

  16. Heather's Simple Crepe Recipe

    Mmm, these look perfectly divine, and so fluffy! I’ll admit that when I make my crepes, I don’t use so many ingredients – just the basic flour, eggs, salt, water and milk – but it might be nice to experiment by adding vanilla and sugar. Namiさんは、英語がとても上手でうらやましいですよ。私の日本語がNamiさんほど上手だったらいいんですけど!Cheers! Heather

    • Hi Heather! I’ll try your method next time! 日本語上手でビックリ!誰が日本語話せるか分からないから驚きました!英語は・・・それほど上手じゃないです。で、日本語も忘れてるので、何の言語も上手にしゃべれない~。困ったものです。

  17. So Liv went to bed last night asking for Crepes for Sunday Morning – but a different one than we usually… I do my crepe search and up comes Nami! If Nami wrote it, then I’m sure it’s good. I’m eager for that spring light (and temperatures) to hit again!
    When we were in San Francisco last summer we stopped at Honey Honey Crepery at 597 Post Street , have you been there? My husband first turned his nose up at the thought of crepes for breakfast (to fufu for him), but ended up saying it was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Your kids would probably love it! Something for every taste.
    In any case, thank you for a “different from ours because ours our getting boring” crepe recipe! All of the recipes are pretty similar, but I will make this one and see what she says. So far we are thinking banana as a filling… we’ll see what evolves!!
    Happy Sunday, Nami!

    • No, I didn’t know about the crepe place. I need to go check it out! We usually go to this Japanese crepe shop in Japan Town for a dessert when we happen to be in Japan Town. Kids love crepes and so do I… Hope the crepes turned out well, if you tried already. :-)

  18. Nami, I thought of you (and Sissi) when I created this matcha crepe dish as I was first inspired to buy and use matcha powder after Sissi’s guest matcha truffle post here. :)


  19. Alex

    I was finally able to make crepes a few weeks back! I wanted them for my birthday breakfast, but my grandma didn’t have any clue what we were doing while making them. It was really fun making crepes with her.
    By the way, they were really tasty. We put netella, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, jellies, and cream cheese on ours. I think my little cousin really enjoyed getting to build her own crepe.

    • Hi Alex! So happy to hear you enjoyed making this recipe with grandma and little cousin! My children always ask me to make crepes for snack. Thank you so much for writing feedback. I’m so happy you all liked it! :)