Serves: 8

Traditional crepes should be lacy, thin and light – very different to American style thick pancakes. 


  • 75g (2 3/4 oz) plain flour
  • 2 small eggs
  • 140ml (1/4 pint) milk
  • 2 tbsp beer or lager
  • A pinch of salt
  • 30g (1 oz) butter, melted
  • Oil for frying


1Place the flour and eggs in the blender and blend at Speed 5 for a few seconds.

2Scrape down the jar, add the remaining ingredients (except the oil) and blend again for a few more seconds until the mixture is uniform.

3Allow to stand at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour.

4Stir gently and check the consistency: it should pour easily like thick whipping cream. Dilute with water if necessary.

5Heat a small shallow frying or crepe pan, ideally 20cm (8 inches) in diameter, grease it lightly with oil and pour in just enough batter to cover the pan by about 1.5mm (1/12 inch), turning and twisting the pan to make the batter flow across in a circle.

6Pour out any excess.

7Set the pan squarely over the hob to ensure even cooking and, when a brown rim shows around the edge of the crepe, turn it over with a table knife or fork, or toss if you’re feeling brave.

8Crepes normally cook in about 30 seconds each side.


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