Looking for an amazingly easy crepe recipe? These Crepes with Pancake Mix will help you make a breakfast to impress your whole family! Fill them with ham and cheese, strawberries and whipped cream, or anything you desire!
I believe crepes are one of the most underrated breakfast foods. Not only are they absolutely delicious and incredibly versatile, but they're so easy to make!
Making crepes from scratch is pretty simple, but if you don't have all the ingredients on hand, you might be tempted to use a mix. But how many people have crepe mix sitting in their pantry?
It's much more likely that you have a box or container of pancake mix within reach. But you don't want pancakes; you want crepes! So, what now?
Can You Make Crepes with Pancake Mix?
The simple answer is, yes! You definitely can. Pancake mix will make crepe-making even easier as you won't need to get as many ingredients out of your pantry.
However, you should note that using pancake mix to make crepes doesn't make cooking them that much easier and if you have all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt on hand, you can easily make crepes from scratch without a mix!
What's the Difference Between Crepe Mix and Pancake Mix?
There is one major difference between crepe mix and pancake mix: pancake mix generally includes a leavening agent in it, like baking powder.
When you make pancakes, you want them to rise a bit as they cook. But crepes are meant to be flat and shouldn't really rise.
But in my experience, the leavening agent in pancake mix shouldn't effect your crepes too much.
When you use pancake mix for crepes, you'll have your flour, sugar, and salt all in one, which cuts down on the amount of ingredients you'll have to get out. Here's what you'll need instead:
- Pancake mix
- Butter (pancake mix generally has an oil in it, but I find crepes are much tastier when you add in melted butter, too)
Just five ingredients and you'll be whipping up easy homemade crepes in no time at all.
I used Annie's Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix for my crepes, but you could also use Bisquick, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, Krusteaz Pancake Mix, Hungry Jack Pancake Mix, etc.
How to Make Crepes with Pancake Mix
The instructions for making homemade crepes are very simple. All you need to do is add the ingredients to a blender.
And process until smooth.
Ideally, you will want to let your crepe batter rest for at least 30 minutes to let the gluten relax, which will result in a more tender crepe.
But I've made these crepes before without letting the batter rest at all and they're still delicious.
However, note that you can make the batter the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight... Which will make breakfast even easier!
Though you can certainly purchase one, you don't need a special pan to make crepes. I've never had a crepe pan or any special tools and I make crepes all the time.
Just place a 7- or 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush with a little bit of butter.
Pour about ¼ cup batter in pan and gently tilt and swirl pan until batter evenly coats the bottom. If you're using a 7-inch pan, you may want to use slightly less than ¼ cup batter unless you like a bit of a thicker crepe.
Because you're using pancake mix, the crepe may "pouf" up a tiny bit more than if using a traditional crepe batter, but because you're pouring in a pretty thin amount of batter, it won't be very noticeable.
Let cook for about 1-1 ½ minutes until crepe is turning golden on bottom and edges are pulling away from pan. You can either use your fingers or a spatula to pull edges up and when ready, flip.
It may take you a few tries to get this down, but before long, you'll be flipping crepes like a master chef!
Cook for another minute before removing crepe from pan to a plate.
The result is a big stack of crepes that you can enjoy any way you choose!
And trust me when I say there are a lot of different ways to enjoy them...
What to Serve with Crepes
One of the beautiful things about crepes is that they go well with SO many things. No matter if you're craving a sweet or savory breakfast (or dinner or dessert!), crepes are the perfect solution.
You can simply pour a little maple syrup over them, or fill them with a variety of options. Here are a few ideas:
- Ham and swiss cheese (this is my absolutely favorite crepe filling... I also pour a little maple syrup over the top for a combo savory and sweet breakfast!)
- Bacon, egg, and cheese
- Nutella and bananas
- Maple cream cheese filling (it goes really well with pumpkin crepes!)
- Strawberries and whipped cream
- Fruity Pebbles (yes, I've done this and it's delicious!)
- Steak, spinach, and blue cheese
- Apple pie filling
- Mascarpone cheese and blueberries
- Poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce
- Lemon sugar
- Spinach and ricotta
- Or make a crepe cake! (they are absolutely gorgeous)
The options are really endless!
For my ham and swiss cheese crepes with pancake mix, I simply topped the finished crepe with a slice of ham and a slice of cheese. I let the cheese get a little melty and then folded it over and flipped it.
Drizzle on some maple syrup if you're a fan of the whole savory and sweet thing. I most definitely am!
I make these ham and cheese crepes for breakfast all the time and sometimes even add an egg on top. I also make them for dinner on occasion because one of the other beautiful things about crepes is that they can work for any meal!
What If I Don't Want to Use Pancake Mix?
If you landed on this recipe, but have decided you want to make crepes completely from scratch instead of using pancake mix, that's incredibly easy, too.
Here are the swaps I'd make for this recipe... Instead of using 1 cup + 1 Tbsp pancake mix, use:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
Keep all other ingredient amounts the same.
Something tells me crepes are going to quickly become your family's most requested menu item for every meal of the day. And as long as you have a few simple ingredients on hand, you'll be able to make crepes with pancake mix any time!
What's your favorite filling to add to crepes?
Crepes with Pancake Mix
- 1 cup + 1 Tbsp pancake mix
- 1 ½ cups whole milk, room temperature
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more for coating pan
- Place pancake mix, milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter in blender and process until smooth. If possible, let mixture rest for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can make the batter the day before and keep it in fridge overnight.
- Place a 7- or 8-inch nonstick skillet (or crepe pan) over medium heat. Coat with a little bit of butter. Pour about ¼ cup batter in pan and gently tilt and swirl pan until batter evenly coats the bottom. If you're using a 7-inch pan, you may want to use slightly less than ¼ cup batter.
- Let cook for about 1-1 ½ minutes until crepe is turning golden on bottom and edges are pulling away from pan. You can either use your fingers or a spatula to pull edges up and when ready, flip. Cook for another minute before removing crepe from pan to a plate.
- Continue with remaining batter, adding a little butter to pan in between each.
- Enjoy crepes with a little bit of maple syrup or add ham and cheese or the filling of your choice.
- If you want to make crepes the traditional way, omit pancake mix and use 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, and ¼ tsp salt instead. Keep other ingredients the same.
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