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Clătite (Romanian Crepes)

Servings: 4 (about 12 8-inch clatite)
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose
  • 2 Tablespoons sparkling water, plus more if needed
  • extra melted butter, for brushing over the pan

topping ideas:

  • jam
  • fruit
  • cinnamon-sugar
  • lemon zest
  • nutella


  • Place an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, milk, and butter. Gradually add the flour, whisking vigorously until it is smooth and free of lumps. Add the water and whisk to incorporate it evenly into the batter. (The batter may need the addition of a bit more water if it proves to be too thick once you start cooking the clătite.)
  • Brush the pan with melted butter and immediately pour enough batter into the pan to very thinly coat the bottom and reach the sides. You may need to swirl the pan a bit to move the batter around, but it should spread easily. (Add water to the batter if it does not spread easily.) Cook the clătita until the edges begin to crisp and curl and the bottom is golden, 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the clătita over and cook the other side until just golden, another 1-2 minutes. (Don’t be worried if the first one browns quickly – the first one is never perfect.)
  • Continue cooking the remaining batter in this way, brushing the pan lightly with butter before each, and stacking the clătite on a plate when finished. (After these start cooking, you may need to turn the heat up to medium-high to keep the pan hot.)
  • Spread the clătite with your topping of choice, roll, and serve immediately.


This recipe is quite forgiving, but it may require a few adjustments to get the consistency right. You want the batter be a flowing liquid and to spread quickly out to the edges of the pan once poured (if it is too thick, it will pool in one spot like a pancake). If the batter doesn’t spread quickly to the edges of the pan, simply add a bit more water. In my town in Romania, everyone swore by using sparkling water in their clătite, but it works perfectly fine with water straight from the tap.