German Lemon Crepes

Lately I have seen crepes pop up on many menus. Crepes Bonaparte is a local food truck that competed in the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and they are super popular here in Orange County.

Growing up I used to make crepes on the weekend for breakfast. I loved German Pancakes, which are crepes with lemon, butter and powdered sugar. It was always a treat when I got to order those at our local pancake house. As I grew up and started playing around in the kitchen, making them for my family.

Feeling inspired this morning I dug in the kitchen cabinets to find the crepe pan a friend gave me about ten years ago. Sad, I know that it took me that long to try it out. I found the cookbook that came with it Crepes, Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Home Cook by Lou Seibet Pappas.

Crepes are easy to make. You dump all the ingredients into a blender and blend for a few seconds until smooth. That’s it. The trickier part is getting the batter spread out quickly in the pan. You want a thin crepe not a pancake.

The batter is better if you make it the night before. How great is that? You can make these ahead of time stacking them, wrap in plastic wrap and slip them into a self-sealing plastic bag. Refrigerate the crepes for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 2 months. When you are reader to serve wrap them in foil and place in a preheated 200 degree oven.


Crepe cooking in pan

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german lemon pancakes

German Lemon Crepes


Recipe for sweet and tangy German Pancakes similar to those at popular pancake houses.


Units Scale

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brandy, you can also use rum, cointreau or amaretto
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted plus 2-3 tablespoons butter for serving
  • Lemon, cut in wedges
  • ?Powdered sugar


  1. Blend the eggs, milk, water, flour, sugar, vanilla, brandy and melted butter.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat a non stick crepe pan over medium-high heat until hot.  Wipe the pan lightly with butter, lift the pan from the heat, and pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter for a 6-7 inch pan or about 1/4 cup for a 9-10 include pan, tilting and rotating the pan to coat the surface.  Cook until almost dry on top and lightly browned on the edges, about 1 minute. 
  4. Loosed the edges with a spatula and flip the crepe over using your fingers or the spatula, then cook the other side for about 15 seconds.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding butter as needed and stacking the crepes.
  6. Roll the crepes up or fold in quarters. Drizzle butter over them, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with lemon wedges.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Inactive Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 grams
  • Calories: 355
  • Sugar: 25
  • Sodium: 123
  • Fat: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 44
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 91


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