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I am French and I make every Sunday crêpes for breakfast. The crêpes are great (I am told :)) but I rarely manage to get a homogenous batter. First, the batter (NSFW :))

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The clumps are not simply flour-based, my guess is that this is the butter clumping with flour, helped by the liquid (milk or milk + water, or milk + sparkling water).

I think this is the case because once I pour this liquid + white stuff on the pan, they disappear (= melt) and the resulting crêpe looks good (below the recto and verso):

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The usual order I make the batter is:

  • egg + a bit of sugar
  • some flour to make a paste
  • melted butter
  • some more flour to make the paste
  • some milk, baking powder, liquid vanilla
  • some more flour
  • some more milk

→ the point is to keep a homogenous paste, which would then finally be diluted by the milk.

So I end up with the amount of paste (the consistency is of a very heavy cream) I believe will be good for the day and I slowly dilute it with milk.

And I end up with the white stuff.

Is there a more optimal order to get a homogenous batter? I sometimes get one but never remember what I changed in the order.

Just to clarify: the crepes are great once they are done, it is just that handling the batter is not easy when I have to somehow get some liquid and some of the white stuff each time.

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    I've never found order helps much with butter bits, I use a stick blender instead.
    – GdD
    Feb 8 at 11:53
  • Seconded. To me this type of batter has always just been; dump it all in the jug, thrash with stick blender 2 mins. Leave to 'mellow' for an hour or two. Last whizz before use & off you go. (Of course, work by weights as much as possible & aim for too thick if anything. You can always thin it far easier than thicken it)
    – unlisted
    Feb 8 at 12:22
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You really don’t want a “paste”. What you’re seeing is gluten formation. In combining flour with a small amount of liquid and repeatedly stirring, you’re essentially making bread dough and then watering it down.

Combine and mix the dry ingredients. Combine and mix the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

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  • Thank you. It means that I must get the proportions right in one shot, right? Also about the gluten formation: when pressing it between the fingers, I see this is really greasy, so I thought that would be butter clumping with flour in contact with the liquid.
    – WoJ
    Feb 8 at 11:55
  • Melted butter does tend to clump a bit when added to crepe batter, not by combining with the flour but simply by re-hardening in the cold mixture; the clumps are small and don’t make up much of the volume of the batter. To minimize this, just leave the batter long enough to hydrate the flour, and stir a bit just before cooking.
    – Sneftel
    Feb 8 at 12:07
  • And you don’t have to get the proportions exact (and in any case crepe batter is pretty forgiving of weird proportions). You can add a bit of flour or milk to correct the texture. The important thing is to minimize kneading.
    – Sneftel
    Feb 8 at 12:10
  • I would suggest to aim for a “too thick” batter that then can be diluted as needed. The other way around is rather lump-prone.
    – Stephie
    Feb 8 at 12:13
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I have tried methods like yours and dislike them very much, since it does result in lumps, as you said.

My own order is:

  • break the eggs into a separate small bowl and stir them with an egg-quirler or a small fork. Don't use a whisk or an electric mixer, they shouldn't be foamy.
  • In the crepe vessel (I use a beaker so I can pour the batter directly), mix all the flour and milk at once. With good mixing technique, you should get no lumps here, but if it happens, a handheld mixer or a blender stick will break them up.
  • Only now add the eggs to the batter, and stir.

I know this is a rather unorthodox order, but it works for me much better than when the eggs and milk are combined before the flour is added. And if you happen to make crepes with a flour other than wheat flour, it is even easier to avoid lumps.

Since you are using more ingredients, your additions will have to be:

  • mix the baking powder into the flour before adding it to the milk.
  • dissolve the sugar in the milk before mixing it with the flour.
  • add the melted butter and vanilla at the end, after you have added the eggs.

The appearance won't always be perfectly smooth, because you use fat in the batter, but you shouldn't have actual lumps, just some unevenly dispersed fat droplets, if anything.

As you noted in a comment, this certainly requires that you follow a recipe and measure out all ingredients, instead of adjusting the consistency as you go. Luckily, this has other advantages beyond getting rid of lumps, so it is worth the switch.


Something I noticed when looking at your pictures a second time and reading the "they melt" comment - it seems that your melted butter is not especially warm, and your batter is cold, and the butter just resolidifies into these lumps. So even with my method, I would suggest to use warm ingredients and maybe switch to using oil instead of butter. Room temperature eggs will give you a slightly better end result anyway, and if you warm the milk before mixing, it will help dissolve the sugar. On the happy side, as you noticed, butter lumps are not much of a functional problem, as opposed to flour lumps - they are just ugly, and that at a stage which only you get to see.

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  • I dislike your method very much I don't like it either :) Not only the lumps but also it takes too much time to prepare (the constant readjustments)
    – WoJ
    Feb 8 at 12:42
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When I do crêpes I put first the flour, a pinch of salt, I dig a little well in it (un petit puis), I add the eggs and oil, start whisking, and then add milk little by little, constantly whisking, and that makes a perfect consistency! And it's much more simple. And don't forget a little bit of beer to make them even lighter!

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