Lace chocolate crêpe

I got the idea of shaping a crêpe like lace from Chef Elise Labide; she calls it crêpe dentelle. Hers was a regular crêpe batter, I got mine in a chocolate version.

The idea is very simple: Your pour the batter in a plastic container with a spout, similar to the ones used to pour ketchup and mustard at any deli; heat the frying pan, dab  some melted butter or oil; when sufficiently hot, let your inner Jackson Pollock free and use the bottle to swirl wild designs onto the skillet. The crêpe cooks on one side only; slide it into a pan when ready.

Great project to do with older kids.

INGREDIENTS: Makes at least 16 crêpes (8 inch)

(Feel free to use your favorite crêpe batter; if it is too runny, add some flour or cornstarch to the batter to make it hold better).

  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1  1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (175 g.)
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2  Chocolate bar (dark preferably, but no more than 60%) or 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate (50 g.)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (125 g.)
  • Oil or melted butter (3 Tablespoons or 45 g.)
  • 2 cups of milk (250 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of cocoa powder


  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Mix the flour, cocoa, salt and powdered sugar in another bowl. Transfer to the eggs and mix the two with a spoon; melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave and add to the batter; add the milk and vanilla gradually, stirring constantly until the batter is smooth and has no lumps. Set aside for thirty minutes.
  2. Heat the skillet and brush it with a little butter or oil so that it has a film of grease on the surface, no more. Pour the batter in the bottle or a decorating bag with a very small tip and pour the batter onto the skillet making circles, loops and other designs.
  3. When the crêpe appears cooked (two or three minutes should suffice on medium-high heat), slide it into a platter or on a piece of wax paper, to cool a bit.
  4. Serve with some powdered sugar.

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  1. Posted April 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    These are THE prettiest crepes I’ve ever seen, Joumana! Oh, they make me happy to look at them. :-)

  2. Posted April 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Joumana, they look mouthwatering and the snaps look gorgeous. I have never had them…all the more reason why I should try them right away….:)

  3. Posted April 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Très original, ça me plaît beaucoup, c’est vraiment beau. Merci Joumana.

  4. Posted April 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh, fantastic!! I adore lace cookies & crepes so perfect marriage here!

  5. Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    How pretty! I bet these were fun to make!

  6. Posted April 23, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    So elegant and delicious!!…..I love the idea…….Feliz Pascua…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  7. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    A similar crepe is made by Malaysians called the RotiJala. It is a savory version and has a little bit of turmeric in it. I made it once but they all vanished before I could take pics for my blog:) will soon try them out!

  8. Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Lovely lace crêpes!



  9. Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Beautiful crepes!

  10. Posted April 23, 2011 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Wow! What a great food presentation, the crepe looks fantastic!

  11. Posted April 23, 2011 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    What gorgeous crepes! I always tear my crepes so this looks like the perfect way to artfully not ruin them without having to worry about any such issues!

  12. Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    This looks lovely – so lacy and delicate! Also, great job on the cookie TV segment you added to your videos!

  13. Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    That is so elegant! Well, all of your dishes are very elegant in fact. I am still wondering how you can eat it all and remain so fantastically lithe? Sigh.

  14. Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    salut joumana ! on est raccord moi aussi suis crepe dentelle mais d’une autre façon que la tienne !!!
    Bizz parisienne

  15. Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Oohhh…I think our young Muppet will be beside herself when I tell her about these lovelies! And so pretty on the plate too. – S

  16. Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Dainty, elegant and perfect…I’ll be decorating my table with these very soon for sure.
    Thanks for showing these to us in such a beautiful capture.
    Love your small chocolate twist on them also…molto buono ;)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  17. Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Darling Joumana – You are amahzing…prettiest, yummiest most sinful looking crepe I have EVER seen :)


    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  18. Posted April 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Lovely idea Joumana!

  19. Posted April 23, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    These are beautiful! So delicate and I bet they taste delicious.

  20. Posted April 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    They’re lacy beauties! I can’t wait to try the idea myself. Thank you, Joumana.

  21. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    That is a fun and great idea! great for plate decor…ideas!

  22. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink


    Your amazing looking and glamorous crêpes remind me of those decadent American funnel cakes I haven’t seen in a long time. Excellent idea. I like your reference to Jackson Pollock as that also reminds me of a great exhibit of his work we went to at the MOMA back when we lived in the Big Apple. Good times!

  23. Posted April 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Would they hold any filling? They look so pretty.. But I love filled crepes… What a dilemma!

  24. Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    That looks so impressive! I love the idea!

  25. Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful idea – I will need to do this for a spring dinner. And you make it so accessible (I get nervous when things are fussy). And it’s not just a pretty face – it looks might tasty…

  26. Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    LOL, everyone has a little Jackson Pollock in them…very creative! Wishing you a wonderful Easter and I’m sure you’ll eat well.

  27. Mariam
    Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Breathtaking crepes!!!! Bravo!

  28. Posted April 24, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    It’s funny because I just came across a photo somewhere else of crêpe dentelle (though I cannot remember where) and it really intrigued me. So pretty! But chocolate crêpes? Oh I have got to try these! What a delicious, elegant dessert this makes!

  29. Posted April 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! They’re just like the Malaysian roti jala, a delicious accompaniment to curry. These lacey crepes wiuld go down a treat in my household! BTW, am making your Monk’s Salad today!

  30. Posted April 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    How pretty…like pieces of art on a plate!

  31. Posted April 26, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    These are very pretty on the plate. These would make an excellent party dessert to make ahead of time.

  32. Posted April 26, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    how delicate, dainty, and delicious!

  33. Posted April 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    That’s the artsiest crepe I’ve ever seen! I hope it’s not as temperamental as the real Jackson Pollock!

  34. Posted April 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    What an elegant idea, and I love the though of chocolate crepes…delicious!

  35. Demetra Lambros
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I continue to adore your postings. These are gorgeous. Will definitely try with my kids this weekend. Thank you!!!

  36. Posted June 26, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Joumana, I tried making these and they came out so well. Loved it. Thank you for sharing such a nice recipe. Please do check it out on my blog when you get the time.

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