Buckwheat pancakes or "galette bretonne"


If I was asked what is my favourite dish in the whole World I think it would be this one, La galette bretonne. There is a multitude of recipes for buckwheat pancakes in Brittany probably as many as there are of inhabitants. This one comes from my Grand-mother who got it from her mother and so on for generations. Note that it is the base for the pancake itself, I leave the choice of fillings to your imagination.

For about 12 pancakes you need :
  • 500g Buckwheat flour.
  • 100g melted Butter.
  • 2 whole Eggs.
  • 1/4L Milk.
  • 3/4l warm Water.
  • pinch of Salt.

In a large bowl, place the flour and the salt, add the eggs and mix well for 10 minutes. Then add the milk and the warm water, finish by adding the melted butter. Allow to rest for at least 1 hour at room temperature.
Take a large non-stick pan and spread some of the mix. Cook the pancake on a medium heat for 6min then using a paletknife carefully flip it over and cook it for a further 6 minutes.

You can choose all sorts of ingredients to fill your panecakes, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham you name it.
Buckwheat pancakes are suitable for coeliac gastronomes.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!


“Ne voket bras lod pep hini, Heman zo vel urgrampouezhenn etre nav c’hi”

Breton proverb

Gluten free, vegetarian, suitable for pregnant women. Contains dairies. Freeze well.

7 comments:

  1. AbAr97@aol.com said,

    Souvenir de mon enfance a Rennes.
    Merci
    Sophie

    on 22 June, 2007  


  2. Roc said,

    Yann,
    Thanks for directing me here.
    Can I bake instead of cook the pancake?

    Thanks,
    Roc

    on 18 July, 2007  


  3. Yann_Chef said,

    Hi Roc!
    Glad you found me. Now to answer your question on can you bake the pancakes, I am afraid the answer is no. Sorry. This type of batter, defficient in gluten, would coagulate into lumps rather than cook into the wrapper form of a pancake.

    on 18 July, 2007  


  4. Roc said,

    Yann,
    Thanks and that's true.
    BTW, do I need to add some Rhum? Dark one?

    Thanks,
    Roc

    on 18 July, 2007  


  5. Yann_Chef said,

    Well, if your following the recipe on my post no because it is a savoury recipe. But, my girlfriend likes to eat sweet buckwheat pancakes. To do so, I eliminate the salt in the recipe and add a bit of sugar instead (works to taste). In that scenario a bit of dark rhum would be welcome. As about baking pancakes, there is an idea when your pancakes are cooked you can fill them up with a filling of you choice then line them up into a gratin dish and top them with a bit of white sauce and some gratted cheese or toasted nuts and put them under the grill.
    Hope it helps
    Yann

    on 18 July, 2007  


  6. Roc said,

    Yann,
    Thanks for your suggestion. I think I'll try your original recipe first since I don't have sweet teeth.

    Thanks again,
    Roc

    on 19 July, 2007  


  7. Yann_Chef said,

    Hi Roc!
    You are welcome. If any cooking trouble on topics that aren't on my blog, do not hesitate to contact me. It will help me developping my blog in the futur.
    Let me know how you got on with your pancakes
    Yann

    on 19 July, 2007