Strolling from dawn ‘til dusk down the streets of Paris is a fine way to spend a day, stopping here and there to sample crêpes from the city’s many sidewalk vendors. But for those of us who don’t have any immediate plans to go jetting off to the city of light, homemade crêpes are an easy and simple way to eat à la Française from the comforts of your own kitchen. A handful of eggs, flour, butter and milk plus a good, wide pan will help quell any longings for that sweet aroma associated with cobbled street corners in Montmartre and charming cafés tucked away in hidden alleys.
And no matter what time of day your crêpe craving strikes, there's a recipe fit for every occasion. Here's all you need to get your crêpe on during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beyond.
1. Basic Crêpes
Early in the morning or the night before, you’ll want to mix together all of the ingredients for this basic batter. By letting it rest first, the starch has time to absorb some of the moisture and sturdy up, while the gluten has a chance to relax. The results: thin and delicate rounds that will also hold together without tearing. Get our Basic Crêpes recipe.
2. Chocolate-Hazelnut Crêpe with Banana
Got your basic batter at the ready? Here’s your first recipe for the day: filled with melty nutella and creamy bananas and sprinkled with a few toasted hazelnuts, this crêpe is a sweet and dreamy way to set the morning mood. Get our Chocolate-Hazelnut Crêpe with Banana recipe.
3. Egg, Ham, and Cheese Crêpe
For lunch, we’re thinking ham and cheese, topped with a luxuriantly runny egg. Serve this one with a simple salad and perhaps something fizzy to drink, to help keep things light and breezy amidst all that richness. Get our Egg, Ham, and Cheese Crêpe recipe.
4. Mushroom, Spinach, and Parmesan Crêpes
Come suppertime, a couple handfuls of spinach and some beefy mushrooms will take your crêpes over to the hearty side, making for a satisfying vegetarian main. Finished with a sprinkle of parmesan, these bundles pack in plenty of umami flavor. Get our Mushroom, Spinach, and Parmesan Crêpes recipe.
5. Strawberry Shortcake Crêpes
Got room for a crêpe-tacular dessert? Of course you do. These strawberry shortcake-inspired crêpes will send you into the night on a cloud of fluffy, cream-filled bliss. Get our Strawberry Shortcake Crêpes recipe.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.