Indulge in the perfect Quebecois Sunday brunch with these delectable French Canadian Crepes, which are thinner than pancakes. This sweet and salty dish is a classic, drizzled with the iconic maple syrup, cheese and crispy bacon strips.

French Canadian Crepes differ from the rest of Canada, they are thinner and based on the French Crepe recipe while the English part usually makes them fluffier like in the USA. They are not exactly like the French version either, being thicker than its cousin and filled with holes. But way thinner than pancakes because no baking powder is used. Also, unlike the Britanny (Western France) version, this French-Canadian version needs to be flipped.

The Brunch, the Crepe Way

The idea is to start with the sweet and savoury crepe, then make a second (sweet only) with fruits, whipped cream and maple syrup. The table should be filled with different fillings for different tastes. Although some ingredients are necessary on the table, for instance, maple syrup, bacon (American style), cheese, and fruits. The rest is up to you!

Liquid Gold of Canada

Chalumeaux
Chalumeaux are to collect the water from the Maple trees.

This irresistible syrup is part of our heritage, and thanks to the natives who taught the first settlers how to produce such a delight by collecting the water with the help of a ‘Chalumeau’ when the spring started. However, maple syrup is still sucrose, meaning you must eat it in moderation. But if you must choose between all the sweeteners out there, it’s probably one of the best options. It is barely processed, filled with nutrients and antioxidants, and has a lower glycemic index than honey. Check out this link if you want to go deeper into this subject.

French Canadian Crepes

The darker the syrup, the more taste you’ll have and also the more minerals and nutrients you’ll get. However, the clearer types are considered more of a delicacy and are highly praised by gastronomes and chefs worldwide. I like to settle in between the amber-coloured one. Every country has a system to identify them.

French Canadian Crepes

Other Topping Ideas

If you want to make a seriously delicious table with your French Canadian Crepes, add these too to the table: maple butter, maple pearls, caramel, whipped cream, fruits of all kinds, marmalade, powdered sugar, Nutella, Peanut butter or whatever you fancy!

What do Quebecers fill their crepes with?

I’ve asked Quebecers on Facebook what their favourite crepe was, and here are some of the most popular combinations:

  • Peanut butter, banana
  • Cheese with maple syrup
  • Blueberry cacao powder
  • Ham & Cheese
  • Asparagus with a bechamel
  • Berries, maple syrup and whipped cream
  • Greek yogurt and berries

Other French Canadian Recipes

French Canadian Crepes (Pancakes)

5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 crepes
Calories 129
Indulge in the perfect Quebecois Sunday brunch with these delectable French Canadian Crepes which are thinner than pancakes. Drizzled with the iconic maple syrup, cheese and crispy bacon strips, this sweet and salty dish is a classic.

Equipment

  • crepe pan or large none-stick flat bottom pan

Ingredients

  • cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt

Fillings

  • bacon strips
  • cheese
  • maple syrup

Instructions 

  • Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a big bowl.
  • Then, make a well in the center of the flour, add the eggs and a bit of milk and start whisking the wet ingredients.
  • Add slowly more milk and whisk the well bigger and bigger while the milk gets incorporated.
  • Depending on the flour, add more milk, until the consistency looks like a heavy cream and homogeneous.
  • Add the melted butter and stir a last time.
  • Pass through a meshed sieve and let it rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • In a slightly oiled, none-stick large pan or crepe pan, bring to medium-high heat, add a full ladle of batter to the center of the pan, and turn circularly until the crepe is round.
  • Cook until light brown on each side.

Notes

Serve with the toppings of your choice!
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 129kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French Canadian
Keyword: bacon, blue cheese, breakfast, Canada, crepe, French, maple syrup, pancake, quebecois

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
French Canadian Crepes (Pancakes)
Amount per Serving
Calories
129
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
52
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
50
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
106
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
200
IU
4
%
Calcium
 
69
mg
7
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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