French crepe recipes are really versatile. You can make a simple sugar and butter pancake, rich sweet ones with cream and fruit, or even something with a savoury filling.
So, if you follow our easy french crepes recipe, you will have a basic batter ready to fill with these delicious ideas!
One the most famous french desserts is Crêpes Suzette, which uses oranges and a dash of cointreau, an orange-flavoured liqueur.
juice of 2 oranges
3 tablespoons of cointreau
2 tablespoons of brandy
To make the sauce, melt a little of the butter in a frying pan, add the sugar and heat gently. Once the sugar has melted, remove pan from the heat, then add the orange juice, remaining butter, and cointreau.
Pour the brandy over the crêpe and orange sauce, and light with a match for the flambé effect!
Crêpes à la Normande
You could also try Normandy-style french crepe recipes, which include apples and calvados, an apple brandy.
4 apples – peeled and diced
1-2 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tbsp crème fraîche/light sour cream (optional)
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup Calvados (if you don’t have this, you could use rum instead).
In a frying pan, cook apple pieces with the cinnamon until softened. Then add sugar and crème fraîche, and remove from heat.
Heat calvados, then pour over crêpes with apple sauce, and light with a match for the flambé.
Another very simple sweet french crepe recipe (and a favourite with kids) is a Nutella crepe. Saute some bananas in brown sugar. Spread nutella on each crepe, add bananas and a little orange juice (and rum for the adults). Roll up the crepe, sprinkle with sugar and brown under the grill.
For a savoury crepe, we’d suggest using the french galette recipe, using buckwheat flour.
Savoury fillings that work well include:
- smoked salmon, crème fraîche and lemon juice
- mushrooms, a little crème fraîche, and parsley
You could also try crêpes suisses, made with Dijon mustard, ham and Gruyère cheese, covered with béchamel sauce then baked.