The new year is finally here. We have been on a holiday break for the last week and loving every minute of spending time with family and friends and enjoying a much needed break from the chocolate business. Before I know it, Valentine's day will be here, and we will be back to the craziness of the chocolate world. To enjoy my last few days, I whipped up this recipe for Easy Chocolate Crepes.
I was in Dallas last week for a day and stopped by a crepe restaurant for breakfast before meeting a client. I rarely get crepes, but I decided to make homemade crepes this week. Crepes are so simple; I don't know why I never make them. It's kind of like the general contractor whose house is always in need of a repair. I'm the chocolatier that never has time to make chocolate things while at home. So I created this recipe for easy chocolate crepes to create delicious, light, and decadent chocolate crepes. It's an easy crepe recipe made from simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry. A great recipe for breakfast or a sweet dessert!
- All Purpose Flour
- Cocoa Powder
Crepe Filling Ideas
You can fill the crepes with basically anything you would want. One of my favorite ways to have crepes is to fill them with fresh fruit. You could even go with something as simple as peanut butter and jelly or jam and powdered sugar if you didn't want to cook anything else other than the crepe. A chocolate spread or fudge sauce would be great, or dare I say Nutella or even cookie butter! Yum!
How to Make Chocolate Crepes
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix all ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, milk, water, eggs, salt) with a whisk until smooth. You could also use an electric mixer for this. Let the crepe batter chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and brush with melted butter. You could also spray the pan with kitchen spray. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter about the size of a small ladleful of batter into the center of the pan and tilt the pan in all directions to cover the bottom evenly. Cook for about 1 minute or until browned on the bottom.
Tips For Chocolate Crepes
- A nice smooth batter is what you are looking for. This results in thin, delicious crepes. It's easy to swirl around in a crepe pan or frying pan.
- Make sure your pan is nice and hot. The crepes will cook quickly. About 1 minute on the first side, and maybe 30 seconds on the other side.
- Don't add too much batter to the pan. 2-3 tablespoons of batter are all you need to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan and swirl the batter around.
- If this is your first time making crepes plan on your first one or two to be your learning crepes. They probably won't be right, but they will still taste fabulous. It takes a couple of tries to get the techniques down.
- A crepe spatula, also known as a crepe spreader, is a great tool to have. If you find you love making crepes, I'd definitely make the investment.
- I used a 10" nonstick frying pan to make the crepes. But a luxury item to have would be a crepe pan. There are many out there with a wide range of prices. If you find yourself making crepes weekly for a weekend family breakfast treat, I'd say go for an upgrade and grab a crepe pan.
A crepe is a pancake that has been thinned out. It's stuffed or folded with toppings that could be either savory or sweet. It's a decadent breakfast or even a special occasion dessert.
The batter should be the thickness of heavy whipping cream, almost liquid. The base of your nonstick skillet should be covered in batter, but not thin enough to see through it.
Yes, refrigerate your batter for at least 30 minutes so it isn't room temperature. It allows the flour to absorb the liquid and will result in more tender crepes.
You can store your unused crepe batter in the refrigerator for a couple of days. You can also refrigerate or freeze your leftover cooked crepes. Let them cool flat and then lay flat in a plastic storage bag.
Your pan was probably too hot. You want your batter to form a thin layer on the pan and not to set immediately once it hits the pan.
There are two possibilities for this. Too much flour is the first, so make sure you measure your flour properly. Use a scale. The second is it cooked too slowly in the pan. Cook for only one minute on side one, and about 30 seconds for the second side. If you find they are not done with this time limit, turn your heat up a bit to get the pan hotter.
These crepes are not only delicious and easy to make, but they also look beautiful. They can be made ahead of time and frozen for a quick breakfast or dessert on busy weekdays. I hope you and your whole family enjoy these easy chocolate crepes as much as I did. I wish you a happy new year and a year of fabulous food!
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- 172 Grams All Purpose Flour
- 24 Grams Cocoa Powder
- 1 Cup Cold Milk
- 1 Cup Cold Water
- 4 Large Eggs
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter plus more for brushing on pan
- Mix all ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, milk, water, eggs, salt) with a whisk in a medium sized bowl until smooth.
- Chill crepe batter in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush with melted butter.
- Pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter into the center of the pan and then tilt the pan in all directions to cover the bottom evenly.
- Cook about 1 minute, or until browned on the bottom.
- Turn and cook briefly on the other side.
- Cool on a rack as you finish making the rest.
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chocolate is always my favorite. and crepe with chocolate, it is new for me. thanks for sharing this recipe.
Sarah Althouse says
wow these look amazing and my husband would love them!
If I wanted to make regular crepes instead of chocolate crepes, would I follow the same recipe & just leave out the cocoa powder?
I haven't converted this recipe to regular crepes, but I'd just add about a 1/4 cup more flour and remove the cocoa powder.
This crepe recipe is so delicious! What a sweet addition to morning breakfasts.
Nina Cochingco says
I haven't tried making my own crepes, but I super love this idea, I hope I can try soon.
Give them a try, you will love them!
Wow, I have never made chocolate crepes before, and these look amazing. Will be perfect with some berries and chocolate sauce.
They are definitely delicious with chocolate sauce 🙂
I completely agree with you, crepes are just something I rarely think to make. These chocolate crepes look just amazing though and my kids would go crazy for them. I can't wait to try this recipe, thank you!
They are so simple, I'm not sure why I seem to only have them a few times a year.
Deborah Brooks says
oh wow, I have not made or had crepes in a long time! Those look fantastic
These chocolate crepes look amazing! Crepes are a favorite with my kids, so I am sure they will enjoy this chocolate version. I love all the tips you included to help make them perfect!
Thanks so much Tara!
Caitlyn Erhardt says
Ah, these were so good! Perfect amount of sweetness and the crepe texture was great!
Thanks Caitlyn 🙂
Yummy! We are a chocolate loving family and we are so excited to make this in the morning! Looks so delicious and very yummy! Fresh berries and whipped cream would definitely complete this recipe too! So excited!
Meenakshi Thakur says
These chocolate crepes look so delicious. Looking forward to making them this weekend. Love to fill mine with fresh fruits and cream.
Amber Myers says
Oh heck yes. I just LOVE crepes. And chocolate. So this is my kind of combo 😉
I'm with you, Amber! Definitely my kind of combo 🙂