Best Crepes Recipe: Nothing Says Romance Like French Cuisine #GayleaMom
Nothing whispers romance like French cuisine. There’s just something inherently gorgeous about French food. Same can be said of travel to France and Quebec, and learning the language. All things French evoke atmosphere. So too with the food. So what better time than February – a month celebrating family and love – to dust off the skillet and create some lovely French recipes? This weekend I used two of my favourite Gay Lea Food products to create a lovely romantic and delicious meal. I hope this will be the best crepes recipe you have ever tried too.
First the dinner crepes: we had only a few dinner things in the house that were suitable for the filling in this recipe, but I knew we had the staples. There are so many ways to fill crepes you could do like the French and eat them pretty much any time of day. I knew I did not want Nutella crepes. That’s a recipe for children. For us, crepes are a treat and maybe once a year we order them at the restaurant. I am trying to eat healthier as you might recall so we are attempting to dine at home on food that is also homemade so we mostly used healthy ingredients for our crepes. The dinner crepes were swiss cheese and ham and they turned out scrumptious. Recipe at end of this post. I used Gay Lea unsalted butter for both the dinner and the dessert crepes. But I used the Gay Lea Coconut whipped cream for the dessert crepes. I actually think next time I might plan a bigger batch so we can each have two dinner crepes. Be warned the recipes that follow made enough for a family of four for dinner and dessert, but there wasn’t a crumb left over and we might actually have kept eating if I had made a wee bit more.
I have been wanting to make crepes for easily one year. I heard they were uber difficult to make, so I put it off. But with Valentine’s Day just around the corner well I thought I would create a meal that was as pretty to eat as it is to look at. So I finally set about to create crepes. The kids helped. This could easily lend itself to a romantic meal for two. In our case, well the kids both do French immersion at school and I know they love crepes so I incorporated both romance and family meals together.
We started with the eggs and flour and Gay Lea unsalted butter. I kept some Gay Lea coconut whipped cream on hand for the dessert crepes (let’s be honest, that’s the part I was most looking forward to.) You might have thought that French food was tricky. I did too. Until recently.
Then came the dessert crepes, the real part I had been waiting for. Easy peasy and so delicious. After making four really great dinner crepes I felt pretty confident making the dessert crepes. We added fresh fruit, a hint of real milk chocolate and a dollop of Gay Lea Whipped cream.
A few facts about the whipped cream I love:
Gay Lea’s Real Whipped Cream:
- – Made with real cream
- – Nut-Free
- – Kosher and Halal certified
- Gay Lea’s Real Coconut Whipped Cream:
– Real ingredients – Made with REAL coconut cream
– Non-dairy, lactose- and gluten-free but remains 100% delicious
– Great taste – Smooth, natural mouth feel and exceptional coconut
- – Convenient – A quick dollop adds tropical flavour to any treat, dessert or beverage and tastes great too. But since we are always watching what we eat and striving to be healthy, we added just a small amount. Have I mentioned how much I love the line up of lactose free products at Gay Lea? Because I do love having that option. For many years I was dairy free and I can still find too much dairy overwhelming at times, but now there is a lactose free sour cream and a lactose free whipped cream made by Gay Lea. That is so exciting! This whipped cream is gluten free too!
This is how the inside of the crepes looked for dessert. For the big picture see the first image posted here. These were so great!! I loved them and so did everyone else.
Now, tell me have you made crepes before?
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Best Crepes Recipe Because Nothing Says Romance Like French Cuisine #GayleaMom
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of butter
- Super hot skillet
- 1 dish of chopped or sliced ham
- sliced swiss cheese 6-8 pieces
- For dessert crepes omit ham and cheese
- Add one chopped banana
- 5 chopped strawberries
- one bar of chopped chocolate
- one can coconut Gay Lea whipped cream
- Combine flour and milk, water, sugar and salt. Blend. Add eggs. Blend with mixer. Melt butter in skillet and then pour butter into the batter. Set the batter inside the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Heat skillet to high.
- Pour extremely thin layer of batter into the skillet. Tilt the skillet around so the crepe will fill most of the surface area. Keep a close eye and reduce heat to medium. Flip gently with fingers or a spatula when the one side looks ready.
- Do this four times. Set each individual crepe aside and then fill with one slice of cheese each and one piece of ham (this can be shaved.)
- Fold the sides of the crepe in. Place back in skillet for a minute or two so cheese melts.
- Flip the bottom up and the top over and the crepe should be ready to plate.
- For dessert crepes:
- (If you have enough batter left just use remaining batter. If not, then repeat the recipe above.)
- Do the above recipe but omit the ham and cheese and instead add whatever fruits and chocolate you want. For Valentine's day we added strawberries and bananas and chocolate to each.
- Mine was just bananas and chocolate.
- Once you have folded the dessert crepes put them in the oven for about five minutes.
- Plate and Serve with a sprinkling of either icing sugar, or cocoa powder.
- Top with Gay Lea Whipped Cream. And a Strawberry.
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Those sound absolutely delicious. I bet my kids would love those, too!
These sounds fantastic! Thanks for the recipe. My family loves crêpes!
Wow, great job Paula, these look amazing! I am sure your girls had a ton of fun making them with you even if they were a “romantic” treat 😉 I haven’t had a crepe in a long time, but recall the best ones were from this little bistro outside of a small hotel in Old Quebec. Man, that takes me back…
Life As A Convert
I love crepes. I usually consume them in the form of fruit/dessert though 🙂
I love Crepes!! My grandmother used to make them for me when I was a child. I have been looking for a good crepe recipe for a long time! I am going to bookmark your recipe.
Tough Cookie Mommy
This crepe recipe looks delicious. My grandmother used to make a similar recipe when we were growing up.
Oh that’s awesome! That is a very nostalgic recipe for you then.
I have never made crepes before but they are on my list. I may just have to snag this recipe and make one soon. I’d love a dessert crape right now.
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
I love that you made two different types of crepes! They look incredible! I’ve always wanted to try making them too and yours are perfect!
I’ve never made a crepe before and apparently I am missing out! These look absolutely delicious!
Randa @ TBK
My favorite crepe is at Crepe Works (which is sadly 18 hours away from me now). It’s a Thai Chicken crepe..so good. I have been meaning to make it for the past 2 years haha.
I love a good strawberry one too 🙂
Little Miss Kate
I have never made crepes, but must give it a try! Nutella with bananas is a favourite!
Oh yumm. I am going to serve these up ! It will be a Valentine’s success!
I’d really like to try these! I haven’t had crepes in ages. It’s kind of hard to find them!
I love crepes: I can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would love to try that coconut cream. It looks delicious
Lois Alter Mark
Ooh, we love crepes! I love breakfast crepes, lunch crepes and especially dessert crepes!
Maureen @ A Debt Free Stress Free Life
Sounds like a wonderful and awesomely delicious dessert.
Yum sounds so good. I love crepes, I haven’t. Had them in a long long time though. I need to make these!
I love crepes! There used to be a crepery by my old house that we used to frequent, but making it would be so much better.
Mama to 5 BLessings
That cream sounds amazing! I have never seen this before — coconut! Yum! What a great recipe!
Wow! That sounds and looks amazing! I would love to try that.
Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom)
It’s been over a decade since I had a crepe. That needs to be corrected.
I love crepes so much, these look amazing; I can imagine trying to make a pizza crepe! That’d be awesome.
Yum those look really good ! Those are good vday recipes
Crepes for dinner! Now there’s an idea I can get behind. I really like crepes.
This looks like a delicious breakfast. My kids will love it. I have not made Crepes in a long time.
I don’t know that I have ever had a Crepe. This recipe looks and sounds good. The coconut whipped cream also sounds interesting.
Ooooh! I love crepes. My Aunt would make them for us when I was a child and have loved them ever since.
Looks so yummy & delicious & I agree French cuisine is just amazing. The desert Crepe makes me so hungry with my favorite Strawberry & I love that the whipped cream is gluten free as well. Thanks for sharing.
Ok now I am in the mood for some crepes, but I am to lazy to make them. 🙂
OOoOOOOO While Ive never made crepes myself I do order them out! I love them with strawberries and blueberries!