French Canadian Crepes, an easy crepe recipe that is great for breakfast. The crepes have crispy edges and are great with maple syrup or fruit sauce.
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French Canadian Crepes, is one of my family’s favorite breakfast recipes! Not your traditional crepe, these French Canadian crepes are crispy around the edges. Not a lot of ingredients and they are easy to make! Just be sure to follow all the tips in the post for best results.
My mom is French Canadian and one of her special dishes that she would make for me as a kid was her breakfast crepes. So when I went to visit her recently in Florida one of the first things I had her make for me (well, I guess my kids too….) were her crepes.
These crepes are a little different from your typical crepes and not exactly like pancakes either. They are thicker than regular crepes, thinner than pancakes, and have a crispy “lacey” edge unlike both crepes and pancakes. A yummy treat for any breakfast!
Unfortunately, my mom didn’t really have a recipe. It’s one of those things that she watched her mom and grandma make, and I’ve watched her make. No one ever writes it down! So I quickly tried to measure things as she was going along. Yes I know I was in the way, sorry Mom.
It’s more about the consistency of the batter than the actual amount of ingredients. Add the milk slowly to the batter until a very thin batter forms. It should be much thinner than a regular pancake batter. When I looked at other recipes for French Canadian Crepes on the internet of course hundreds of variations came up. This would just be my family’s version.
My family has always made these crepes with a cast iron pan and Crisco shortening. My mom swears by Crisco shortening and I have to agree although you are welcome to substitute anything you’d like such as your favorite oil or butter. The crepes just don’t get their fancy “lacey” and crispy edges without the shortening but probably just as delicious! I’ve posted several other breakfast (or even brunch or “brinner”) recipes recently. So if you’re looking for others, try my Mexican Sausage & Cornbread Strata or my decadent Overnight Ice Cream French Toast.
Although “experts” would tell you to mix the dry ingredients in separate bowls, we just mix everything quick all together.
Add the milk slowly while whisking until the batter is quite thin (ignore my daughter’s head in the picture…).
As I mentioned, my mom swears by Crisco shortening and her cast iron pan but substitute as you’d like. Your results may be quite a bit different though. The cast iron pan and shortening definitely helps get those crispy edges.
Pour the batter into pan and swirl the pan around so that the batter spreads.
Cook about 1-2 minutes per side or until the edges start to get crispy. See those “lacey” crispy edges? That’s the best part!
My kids trying to get their hands on the crepes (ummm, I mean helping Grandma).
We like to have the crepes with maple syrup, but fruit sauces, powdered sugar, honey, etc. would all be good.
Hope you enjoy!
French Canadian Breakfast Crepes
- In a large mixing bowl combine flour and salt. Whisk in eggs and milk just until thin batter forms.
- Place about 2 tablespoons of shortening in large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. When shortening is hot, pour some batter into middle of pan then swirl pan around so that a large crepe forms.
- Cook crepes about 1-2 minutes per side or when crepe starts to get crispy around edges and bubbles. Continue until all batter has been used. Serve with maple syrup.
SNAPPY TIPS: Make sure your pan is hot before pouring in the batter so that the batter can almost “fry” in the shortening.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: We typically serve this with warm maple syrup but you could serve with a fruit sauce, powdered sugar, honey, etc.
More French Canadian recipes you may enjoy:
- French Canadian Tourtiere (meat pie) – All Day I Dream About Food
- Carré au Sucre à la Crème – The Little White Kitchen
- Maple Pudding Chômeur – Canadian Living