Buckwheat crêpes with raw chocolate–hazelnut spread and crème fraîche

Buckwheat crêpes with raw chocolate–hazelnut spread and crème fraîche

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

The important thing about crêpes is that they should be thin, so make sure your crêpe batter is runny enough so when it hits the pan, it runs freely around to coat the bottom in a very thin layer. For this crêpe recipe I have given an option to use sorghum flour if you are gluten-intolerant, but you can use plain flour if you can tolerate gluten.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
120ml full-cream milk
2 eggs, beaten
15g butter, melted, plus an extra 20 g for greasing the crêpe pan
10g coconut sugar
65g sprouted buckwheat flour
20g sorghum flour
or 120g plain flour
1 quantity raw chocolate-hazelnut spread
crème fraîche or labne, to serve

Method

  1. For the crêpe batter, whisk together the milk and eggs until smooth, then whisk in the melted butter. Gradually whisk the sugar and flours into the milk mixture, whisking constantly so there are no lumps. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Wipe the pan with some paper towel dipped in the extra melted butter. When the pan is hot, spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into the middle of the pan, tilting the pan to thinly coat the base. Gently tap the pan once onto the burner to knock out any air bubbles and also to get an even spread of crêpe batter over the pan. Cook the crêpe for 1 minute. When bubbles start to rise up through the centre of the crêpe, flip it and cook the other side for 10 seconds. When firm, remove each crêpe from the pan and set aside in a stack.
  3. To serve, add some raw chocolate–hazelnut spread and a spoonful of crème fraîche to each crêpe, then fold the crêpes into quarters.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Besides being gluten-free, buckwheat is high in rutin, a flavonoid that helps thin the blood and improve circulation. The raw chocolate–hazelnut spread is full of powerful ingredients – cacao (high in the phenolic antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of ageing), hazelnuts (which contain selenium for regulating thyroid hormone activity) and coconut oil (a rich source of vitamin D for maintaining normal blood levels of calcium). It also has phosphorus to help strengthen bones.
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