My mother recently stayed at the visionary Vivamayr clinic and returned with an unbelievably simple and quick buckwheat crepe recipe. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it and have spent the afternoon knee deep in gluten-free pancakes of all shapes and sizes as I perfect the milk and method – unknowing until a quick Google five minutes ago that it is in fact Shrove Tuesday tomorrow. Some culinary synchronicity is surely at work…
I have replaced cow’s milk with oat, as it is the creamiest I can find in a carton and I did not have the time to make my own nut mylk from scratch. However, feel free to play around with any unsweetened milk you like (or sweetened if that’s your bag), and see which one is your favourite. These can go either sweet or savoury with equal ease, and I am not sure how I have eaten so well all these years without them.
This is a very basic and versatile recipe, and you can add any herbs or spices you like to suit the occasion. The key with the buckwheat batter is to make sure it is spread very thinly in the pan, and you have to move quite quickly to achieve this once you’ve poured it in. Checking my iPhone half way through and getting lost in my Gmail inbox, I learned the hard way more than once. Use it as a meditation and devote yourself completely to the pancake: trust me, it (quite rightly) won’t cooperate with anything less.
Makes four large crepes
125g finely ground buckwheat flour
2 organic eggs
1 cup oat milk
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the coconut oil until smooth and bubbly.
Warm a large non stick frying pan on a medium heat and melt half a teaspoon of the coconut oil, distributing it evenly. Pour about one quarter of the mixture in, spreading it thinly and evenly with a spatula or back of a large spoon, and cook until bubbles start to appear in the mixture. Flip the pancake and cook for another two minutes before removing and repeating the process. Smaller pans will make thicker pancakes, or more of them, so play around and see what you like the most.