This sourdough crepes recipe makes the most delicate, french-style pancake with perfect crispy edges!
Thin, buttery and delicious with either sweet or savory fillings. They are easy to make with your sourdough discard!
We all love a good use for our sourdough discard, and I promise this recipe for sourdough crepes will quickly become one of your go-to recipes!
All you need are a few simple ingredients, including your sourdough starter discard and a non-stick pan.
This recipe can easily be doubled. Make extra crepes and freeze for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert!
How to make the batter
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk the sourdough discard, flour, butter, eggs, milk, water and salt, until the batter is completely smooth. (Sugar can be added to the batter, but is optional.)
- Allow the batter to rest for 1 hour in the fridge.
A blender can be used instead of a hand whisk to get a very smooth batter.
The batter will be VERY runny at first and start to thicken slightly as it sits.
Make the crepe batter a day in advance if you prefer. Simply cover the bowl and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
The flour will absorb water as the batter sits overnight. If the batter is too thick when you remove it from the fridge, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin it out.
The proper consistency is similar to that of heavy cream.
How to pour crepe batter into a pan
It's very important to note that the first crepe you cook, probably won't turn out as "pretty" as expected. Think of it as your "test" crepe.
By testing this first crepe, you'll be able to adjust the temperature of the skillet and the second crepe will be closer to perfect!
The first crepe usually takes longer to cook than the remaining crepes.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place a small amount of butter or cooking spray in the pan before you pour the first crepe. (You shouldn't have to oil the pan again.)
- Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet, pick the skillet up by the handle and slowly swirl the batter in the pan until it spreads into a very thin, even layer.
- Cook on the first side until golden brown, 60-90 seconds, or longer if needed.
- Flip the crepe over using a large spatula and cook on the second side until it is golden brown, 30-60 seconds.
- Stack the crepes onto on a serving platter as they are finished cooking.
The crepes will cool quickly once removed from the skillet.
To keep them warm, stack them on a baking tray in the oven at 325°F (176°C) while cooking. Parchment paper placed in between the layers will ensure they are easy to separate.
How to store and freeze
Store the crepes in the fridge, stacked between layers of either parchment paper or wax paper, and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Consume them within 7 days.
To freeze crepes, place the layered stack into a plastic freezer bag and keep frozen for up to 2 months.
How to reheat
Allow the crepes to thaw in the fridge overnight when you are ready to eat them.
Be very gentle when separating the crepes as they are very delicate and can tear easily.
To reheat the crepes, heat a non-skillet over medium heat with a little butter or cooking spray. Cook on both sides until warm.
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Sourdough Crepes Recipe
- 10" non-stick skillet
- 1/2 cup (125 g) sourdough starter discard
- 3 tablespoons (45 g) melted butter (dairy or plant-based)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (62.5 g) all-purpose flour (see notes)
- 3/4 cup (183 g) milk (dairy or plant-based)
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) water
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional, for sweet crepes)
- 1 tablespoon butter or cooking oil for skillet
- Whisk the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Let rest for 1 hour in the fridge.
- Heat a lightly greased, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet and tilt the skillet in a circular motion to distribute the batter into a thin, even layer. Cook until the sides of the batter start to fold back from the skillet and the bottom starts to turn golden brown. About 60-90 seconds.
- Gently turn the crepe over using a large spatula. Cook on the second side for 30-60 seconds or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Stack cooked crepes on a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.
How to keep crepes warm
- Keep the crepes warm by stacking them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350°F (176°C) oven.
- If using whole wheat flour, more liquid may be needed to thin the batter. Add a tablespoon at a time, after it has rested "if needed" to get correct consistency. It should be very thin.
- Store crepes stacked between layers of parchment or wax paper, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or freezer bag. Keep in the fridge for up to 7 days or in freezer for up to 2 months.
- Thaw in fridge before reheating in a skillet over medium heat.