How To Make IHOP Style Crepes at Home

Updated on August 6, 2012

My Recipe History

This recipe came from my grandson’s friend’s father. He says this is the original recipe from IHOP. Just in case it really is I have left one ingredient out so I won’t be stealing. The missing ingredient isn’t necessary and this recipe is absolutely mouthwateringly wonderful!

You can also save a lot of money by making them at home once you realize how easy they go together. If you prepare all the ingredients you can set up a crepe bar for Sunday brunch or for after dinner desert.

History of The Crepe

If you look for basic crepe recipe online you will find a hundred different ways to make crepe batter. I found out the reason for that; crepes are made in a hundred different countries!

I always thought that France got the credit for the crepe but in doing some research I have found that the crepe originated in Brittany, a Celtic dish. I got really excited at this news as my family has a Celtic Heritage, although I seem to be the only one who appreciates them enough to go to the trouble of making them. Just between you and I, they aren’t any more trouble than great pancakes.

Basic Crepe Ingredients, Room Temperature

Basic Crepe Ingredients

  • 6 eggs, large, room temperature
  • 2 cups milk, whole
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour, white or buckwheat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar, white granulated
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 16 ounce frozen mixed berries, no sugar added
  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

Topping Ingredients

Cooking the Crepe

Instructions

  1. Crack your eggs, one at a time, into a separate small bowl. This is a safety precaution and saves a lot of waste if you happen to get an egg with a blood spot in it. It’s also easier to fish out any shell that may happen to fall into the bowl. Pour the egg into your mixing bowl and repeat.
  2. Add the milk to the eggs and blend thoroughly, about a minute
  3. Add the flour, ½ cup at a time, blending well after each addition.
  4. Melt your butter in a small bowl or a measuring cup in the microwave. Drizzle into your batter while blending on low until it is completely incorporated. Never pour hot ingredients into an egg batter or you will get scrambled eggs.
  5. Set aside to allow the flour to absorb fully into your egg mixture while you make your berry topping and cream cheese filling.
  6. In a medium sauce pan add ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 and ½ cups water and 1 teaspoon corn starch. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for about a minute or a minute and a half. Pour in your frozen mixed berries, continuing to stir, bring back to a boil for one more minute. Remove from heat and let cool while you make your cream cheese filling.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl blend your cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar on high for about three to five minutes. This allows the cream cheese to fill with air and become a little lighter in your crepe. Set aside while you cook your crepes.

Mixed Berry Topping

Set Up A Great Crepe Bar

Crepes have many uses in meals across the world. They aren’t just used for deserts, as a matter of fact; they are very often used in savory dishes.

I love to experiment with the crepe fillings. My all time favorite is chunks of fresh cooked wild salmon with scallions, mushrooms and little chunks of cooked yam. I top this with a light lemon sauce and on the side I serve asparagus spears and orzo.

Since I live alone I can make these delicate little pockets and keep them in the refrigerator and use as needed. It’s very nice to sit down to a gourmet meal that’s easy to prepare and packed with lots of flavors.

Another fun thing to do with crepes is to have a crepe party! You can make the crepes and fillings ahead of time and set up a beautiful crepe bar with different sauces, savory and sweet.

For sweet fillings I like to set out sweetened fruits like apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, pears with cheddar or cottage cheese, strawberries with a chocolate sauce, or my favorite, bananas cooked in a little butter and brown sugar with brandy, you name it you can use it. Cream cheese sweetened with powdered sugar is always a winner in desert crepes.

Savory bar favorites are scallions, different types of cooked fish, crab, shrimp and lobster. You can make mashed potatoes with bacon bits, chives, garlic and top with sour cream. Steak or ground beef are a great addition too. Grill soft veggies such as yellow and zuccini squash and dice. You can set out taco and/or pizza ingredients for kids to make their own crepes.

However you decide to use the crepe, be creative and use the foods you love most. Foods that offer many different flavors in one bite are delicate and filling and very satisfying and packed with vitamins.

Chocolate Crepe

To Make The Crepe Chocolate

To make the chocolate crepe I added, to the left over 1/3rd of my batter, one tablespoon sugar and two teaspoons dark chocolate cocoa powder. I mixed the cocoa powder into a little of the batter, making a paste, before adding to the bowl as it can be hard to mix. Cook the same as the other crepes.


Chocolate Crepe With Banana Filling

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 20 crepes

Gluten Free Crepes

You can also make crepes gluten free. I learned something new today! Buckwheat flour is gluten free and may be used in many baking and cooking applications. I will be trying buckwheat flour in my next crepe day.

Basic Cream Cheese Filled Crepe With Berry Topping

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 crepe
Calories 202
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 11 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 11 g22%
Cholesterol 88 mg29%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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        Mary 

        23 months ago

        Love these....I have made crepes for years and my kids love them and have ne make them when their friends come too. My recipe is almost identical to yours (we are Irish...lol) they are easy but take time to make but sooooo worth it.

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        darlene 

        24 months ago

        my favorite is ihops danih crepe filled with sweet crème cheese on the inside

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        Larry Rankin 

        3 years ago from Oklahoma

        I love IHOP crepes. I'll have to give this a try.

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        Janellegems 

        4 years ago from United States

        I love IHop crepes. Thanks for the step by step instructions on how to make it from home. Thanks for sharing this.

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        grayghost 

        5 years ago

        I thought I'd surprise my wife this morning with "Crepes". After total crepe failure trying to thin down the old standby Bisquick, I looked in HubPages knowing somebody there must know how to do it. Your recipe looks great and you presented it very well. I'm going to use it next time. Thanks for sharing it!

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        Ana Maria Orantes 

        5 years ago from Miami Florida

        Hi Tigerbaby777 .I like your recipe. I tried the crepes from Ihop.Crepes are delicious.I can see why they charge a lot of money. It is a lot of work involved when they are making them. Thanks ; One day I will make then myself.

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        tigerbaby777 

        5 years ago from Nampa

        My pleasure psychicdog!

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        psychicdog.net 

        5 years ago

        Yummy - I do a bit of cooking with my 3yo so it looks like we've got another recipe here - thanks tigerbaby.

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        tigerbaby777 

        5 years ago from Nampa

        Hi Randy! I love crepes! I prefer more savory than sweet but my granddaughter loves these.

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        Randy McLaughlin 

        5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

        Nice recipe. I have been thinking about doing crepes, but now I need to really do it. I have also noted that they make arepas in Costa Rica, which are something like crepes, since they have no baking powder in the recipes like pancakes.

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