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Savoury pancakes

February = Pancake Day

(even though it’s on 1st March this year!)

The French version of Pancake Day is called 'Mardi Gras' which very literally translates as 'Fatty Tuesday'. Having lived in France during my twenties and early thirties, I can tell you that they don't really celebrate Pancake Day as crêpes (French for pancake) are on the menus of French restaurants all year round especially the 'Galette au Sarrasin' which is a savoury pancake.

I don't know whether you're familiar with savoury pancakes or not but they're a great option if you're trying to curb a sweet tooth but still want to join in the fun on Pancake Day. Sarrasin is French for Buckwheat. Buckwheat is a type of flour that can easily be purchased in large supermarkets and health stores in this country. It is naturally free of gluten as well as being high in protein which makes it a great substitute for normal flour for people with coeliac, people with gluten sensitivity but also for people looking to regulate their blood sugar levels which is often the case with acne sufferers.

A savoury pancake makes for a great breakfast/lunch option and can be enjoyed with a side salad. They are a staple in our house and we often have them with ham, cheese and an egg on top.

Serves 6


  • 200 g buckwheat flour

  • 300 g milk

  • 1 medium egg

  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

  • 250 g water

  • 40 g salted butter


  1. Place buckwheat flour, milk, egg and salt in mixing bowl and whisk until there are no lumps.

  2. Slowly add the water while continuing to whisk.

  3. Place a knob of butter in a large non-stick pancake or frying pan and melt over a medium heat. When butter is hot, pour a small ladle of batter into the pan and spread over the entire surface by rotating the pan in a circular motion. Then turn the pan down low and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the pancake over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. If you’re using cheese and you want it to melt, I recommend that you add the cheese when you’re cooking the second side. The trick here is to make sure that the pan is hot before adding the butter so that when the batter hits the pan, it makes a hissing sound.

  4. Top with ham, cheese and/or egg. If you fancy having something sweeter then why not try a dollop of greek-yoghurt with some blueberries and a small amount of honey.

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