Buckwheat pancakes from Brittany

Buckwheat pancakes from Brittany

Galettes Bretonnes au Sarazin

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Serves
4

From the Brittany region by Jean-Marie Blanchot

These savoury buckwheat pancakes are the pride of Brittany’s cuisine and I am very fond of them myself. They’re usually prepared on special circular hot plates about 30 cm in diameter, but at home you can use a very large non-stick frying pan.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250ml cold water
1/2 tablespoon salt
200g buckwheat flour
10g salted butter, melted, plus extra unmelted butter for greasing the pan and to rub on top of the pancakes
4 eggs
120g grated gruyère cheese
4-8 thin slices ham

Method

  1. Place most of the cold water and the salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add the flour and whisk to a smooth batter. It should fall like a ribbon when you lift the whisk. If necessary, add a little extra water.
  2. Mix in the melted butter until well incorporated. Cover the batter and rest in the fridge for about 4 hours.
  3. When ready to cook the pancakes, lightly grease a large non-stick frying pan and heat over a medium flame. Pour in enough of the batter to cover the base very thinly. When the underside of the pancake is dry, lower the heat and rub the surface of the pancake with a piece of extra butter.
  4. Break an egg in the centre and spread the white all over the pancake, keeping the yolk intact. Sprinkle with grated cheese and top with a slice or two of ham.
  5. Using a spatula, carefully fold the sides of the pancake in towards the yolk to form a square. Cook for an extra minute or two, then transfer to a warm plate while you make the rest of the pancakes.
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