A savoury pancake with a twist, this recipe for buckwheat galettes is based on a traditional style of pancake popular in Northern France – Galettes Du Sarrasin. Served with a filling of your choice, you simply fold the corners into an open or closed envelope and place in the oven before serving.
For the first stage of the process, we used the Staub pancake pan; the large diameter of the pan means you can make large thin crepes and fluffy American style pancakes alike with ease. The pan also comes with a wooden spreader and spatula so you can try your hand at making restaurant quality crepe suzette just in time for Shrove Tuesday.
We made Florentine style buckwheat galettes with ham, spinach, cheese and an egg – and they turned out perfectly! Our recipe is below…
I N G R E D I E N T S
For the galettes you need:
100g buckwheat flour
1 egg, beaten up
300ml semi-skim milk
50g soft butter at room temperature
Then for the filling we used some mature cheddar, spinach, ham, chives, an egg and parsley to serve.
You could use any filling though – savoury or sweet.
M E T H O D
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C Fan.
2. Place the flour and beaten egg in a large bowl and then slowly add the milk, whisking all the time to create a smooth batter. Next add the soft butter (melt in microwave if easier as you do need it really super soft) and then add the pinch of salt.
3. Lightly oil the pancake pan so that the oil just covers the surface and get the pan hot but not smoking!
4. Spoon in the batter and roll around so it covers the edges. It takes a bit of practice to get the amount exactly right – not too thick, not too thin.
5. Cook the pancake and loosen the edges as you go. The great thing about the Staub pancake pan is the edges are so low it’s really easy to get to the edges without breaking them.
6. Flip the galette once the underside is lightly brown. Once the galette is lightly brown both sides, remove from the heat and add to a baking tray (we use bake-o-glide sheet protectors) on the tray to protect it.
7. Next we added a handful of wilted spinach (easiest way to do this is buy organic pre-washed spinach, open the bag and microwave for 30 seconds – it doesn’t go all soggy). Next we added some diced ham, grated mature cheese (traditionalists will want to use comté), chives and made a small well in the middle for the egg.
8. Fold the sides around to make a square, and then place in the oven for 10 minutes.