It’s not only the French who know how to make crepes. Everywhere, people are craving the light pancakes and want to be able to make them from home. Fortunately, it couldn’t be easier. All you need is a few tools and a bit of patience.

First, you’ll have to make a batter. You can’t simply use a pancake batter, since this will be too thick for your crepes. The basic recipe for crepe batter is 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk, 2 Tablespoons of butter, 2 eggs and a pinch of salt. Other recipes may include slight flavorings. You can also purchase a crepe mix where you just have to add a few ingredients.

Use a whisk to blend these ingredients together. The whisk is important because it will break up all the clumps of flour, creating a completely smooth batter. The batter should be very thin and easily run off of a spoon.

You’ll have to heat up your crepe pan. Some people use a regular frying pan to make crepes, but others buy a crepe pan for the stove or use an electric crepe maker. The benefit of a special crepe pan is that it’s easier to flip the crepe over. Not necessary, but a big bonus if you tend to be a bit clumsy. Give it a few minutes to heat properly, otherwise you’ll get a crepe that’s not fully cooked in all places.

Pour about a quarter cup of the batter onto your crepe pan. Of course, this varies based on how big your pan is. The bigger the pan, the more batter you’ll need. Then, spread it thin over the pan, either by twisting the pan around or by using a crepe spreader.

Watch your crepe cook. Because the crepe is so thin, it won’t take long for you to see that it’s starting to look cooked, even on the uncooked side that’s facing up. This will take about two minutes.

Carefully flip the crepe over. It’s probably best to use a spatula or a crepe spatula in order to do this. Try to avoid having the edge fold in on itself as you do this. If you’re really talented and using a pan on your stove, you might be able to flip the crepe just by shaking the pan slightly, but that’s pretty difficult to do.

After another 20 seconds to a minute, your crepe will be done. Put it on a plate and fill it up with whatever filling you had in mind. Warm fruit compotes are an excellent addition, but you could also fill it with meats and cheese for a savory meal or ice cream for a dessert.

An electric crepe maker can help you perfect your crepe making techniques. They’re surprisingly affordable–some are less than $20! Click on electric crepe maker to learn how to find the right one for you.