January 24, 2010

Buckwheat Galettes

One day during my recent winter break, I invited my friends over to watch the movie Amélie at noon. In order to be a good hostess, I needed, of course, to provide lunch (along with the promised crème brûlée). The day before, when I was deciding what to serve, automatically, I thought of crepes because I had some buckwheat flour sitting in the pantry.

Buckwheat crepes, also known as galettes de sarrasin (made from buckwheat flour, farine de sarrasin), originate from Brittany. As opposed to crepes made from wheat flour, these buckwheat galettes have a a darker, speckled color and a pleasant, nutty flavor. A great thing about serving these crepes, or just crepes in general, is that they can be filled with whatever you have on hand.

This time, I chose to fill mine with ham, parmesan, and mozzarella, and then topped each of them off with an egg, runny-yolked, sunny-side up. But, I can think of a wide variety of fillings. I've also made them before filled with blanched spinach and gruyere. They can be filled with caramelized onions and chicken, leftover ratatouille, tuna, bacon, whatever you desire.

Buckwheat Galettes
adapted from Saveur

1 1⁄2 cups buckwheat flour
1⁄2 tsp. sea salt
1 egg, beaten until foamy
1 1/2 cup + 2/3 cup water
1 cup milk
filling of choice

Combine the buckwheat flour with the sea salt. Mix in the egg. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups water and continue mixing for a few minutes, until batter is "smooth and elastic" (stated in the original recipe). Then cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator overnight.

When ready to make the crepes, mix the milk and the 2/3 cups water into the batter. Heat a 10 inch pan over medium heat. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some melted butter. Pour in 1/4 cup of the batter and quickly swirl it around the pan till evenly coated. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the edges start to peel away from the side of the pan and the crepe starts to brown. Flip the crepe over and cook the other side for about one or two minutes.The first crepe is usually the ugliest. Don't worry, it gets easier and easier with each new crepe. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

If you're only using a few of them, fill them immediately after making them and leave the rest to cool on a cooling rack (they can be stacked and refrigerated once cool). If you're serving them all at once, you can keep them warm by placing them in the oven (heated to a low temperature, around 200ºF).

To fill, place a crepe back in the pan. Heat one side, and flip. Sprinkle cheese over the crepe. Wait for it to melt a bit. Add the rest of your filling, sprinkle more cheese, and then place a lid on the pan. Remove from pan once all the cheese is melted. Fold in the four edges, or just two if you have a lot of filling. Then top with your egg and enjoy!

Makes 8-10.


  1. ahhhh, most delicious thing everrr! totally gonna make it here :)

  2. I lived in Brittany in college (too many years ago), and have never forgotten the galettes. I am overjoyed to find a recipe!

  3. Steph: Yay, I hope you do make them! Let me know how it goes.

    Jenn: That's awesome! I haven't been to France yet; I really should to finally use my French. But when I do, I'd definitely want to check out Brittany for the crepes!

  4. I loved the egg that came with it~ it was a successful first at sunny-side up. quite amusing. :) I would like to try making this too, but what else can I use buckwheat flour for?

  5. Mel: Hehe, but I can now totally make sunny side up eggs. I hope you do make the crepes! Take pics if you do :). Two of the more common uses for buckwheat flour are buckwheat pancakes or blini (small Russian yeasted buckwheat pancakes served with caviar or smoked salmon).

    Buckwheat Pancakes:

    I haven't tried the pancake recipe above, but it sounds good. Or, an alternative is to buy less buckwheat flour. I bought mine at Raley's (or was it Whole Foods?) and it was sold by weight (from those big plastic bins), so I didn't actually buy that much of it, just enough to make the crepes twice.

  6. oOOo... interesting. by weight. :) never seen that before. Oh yeah, where do you find yeast? I've never looked for it before, but I'm interested in making bread one day. hehe

  7. Mel: Yeast can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. They can be found in strips of single size packs, larger bags, or jars. Two of the more popular brands are Red Star and Fleischmann's. There's active dry and rapid rise yeast. I use active dry... never tried rapid rise.


  8. Oh these look amazing! I know this sounds silly, but do you think egg substitute would work in place of the egg? My friend is allergic, but she's a real foodie - I'd love to make these for her.

  9. Georgia-Lee: Egg substitute would totally work. Instead of 1 egg, use 1/4 cup egg substitute.

  10. Somebody is mentioning yeast but it's not stated in the recipe?? Is there yeast in this recipe?