Best Buckwheat Recipes
Top Rated Buckwheat Recipes
A crêpe is a very thin pancake usually made from wheat flour. They originate from Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, although have become popular in the rest of France and globally. I like to make my crêpes with both regular, and buckwheat flour as I think it gives the pancake a lovely tang of a flavor when combined with the cheese and ham. If you have a crêpe maker, they are very useful pieces of equipment but if not a crêpe pan is necessary. It's also important to make the batter the day before you want to use it.
Fill these buckwheat crêpes with whatever you fancy: We love a combination of ham, cheese, arugula, and a fried egg.This recipe is courtesy of King Arthur Flour.
The fun thing about this salad is that everyone can create their own version of the dish. If you’re serving this salad at a party or potluck, have each of your friends bring one of the necessary items then, when everyone arrives, have fun building your salads.Recipe courtesy of Lisa Gorman, Director of St. Joseph Health Wellness CenterClick here for more of our best salad recipes.
Wondering what to make with buckwheat? Find inspiration in our recipes, with everything from quick noodle dishes to flavour-packed pancakes and salads.
Cinnamon buckwheat pancakes
Juicy cherries are packed with nutrients and are one of summer's highlights - perfect for a weekend breakfast
Lamb with buckwheat noodles & tomato dressing
This stir-fry is low in fat and calories. Use a lean cut of meat and combine with plenty of vegetables to get four of your recommended 5-a-day
Salad-stuffed blackened peppers
A great vegetarian barbecue option, blackening the skins of these stuffed peppers gives them a delicious smoky flavour. Make the buckwheat salad the day before if you want to get ahead
10 Awesome Healthy Recipes Using Buckwheat
Talk about feeling good! I&rsquove been on a buckwheat kick for the past week or so. I have only started using buckwheat for the past couple of months, and I am hooked! Buckwheat is full of healthful easily digestible proteins, it draws out retained water from the body, and is non-allergenic. Buckwheat is generally free of chemicals, as it grows so quickly and easily that it doesn't "need" them. How's that for awesome? Seen Oprah lately? One of her cohort physicians, Dr. Perricone, is even calling it a superfood!
There are a couple of specific recipes that I am really loving these days(see below). And guess what? I&rsquom eating some raw chocolate buckwheat treats right now! In fact, the whole family loves them!
Important notes on Buckwheat:
&bull Make sure (unless the recipe states otherwise) to get raw buckwheat (sometimes sprouted and dehydrated) and not toasted/roasted buckwheat, (also known as Kasha) as it has a completely different flavour and is much stronger. What you want is the light-coloured buckwheat.
&bull Buckwheat is Gluten-Free!
&bull Very high in Manganese, Magnesium, Fiber and Flavonoids (extended information on Buckwheat)
The recipes I hae selected are those which include healthy whole-food ingredients, or are at least healthier versions of typical recipes (such as pancakes, muffins, and crackers. They are all vegan, as you may have guessed!
Where Can I Purchase Buckwheat?
We love this buckwheat sold at the Russian, European or Asian markets. It usually comes pre-toasted and is golden brown color. If the buckwheat you purchased is not toasted, toasting buckwheat is pretty simple.
You can quickly toast it on a dry skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Then remove from heat and proceed with the recipe.
As much as I am trying to stick to organic products, this is probably the only time I would not purchase organic product. Organic buckwheat comes with different texture than what we are used to, therefore, this recipe just might not work with it well.
I always make sure to have buckwheat in my pantry and never run low. It’s one of the easiest meals to prepare, especially when I’m in a hurry or running out of dinner ideas.
Preston County Raised Buckwheat Cakes
This is the original recipe which has been used for decades in our area. Many households had this every morning for breakfast served with sausage, bacon, eggs, sausage gravy, and maple syrup as toppings. Apple butter is also very good. Most people spread butter on each layer before eating as well. These are NOT called pancakes and are not nearly as thick as pancakes when prepared properly, the batter should be thin enough to spread out on its own to about a 7-8 inch circle without using the ladle to spread. Most people use a large measuring cup with a spout or a pitcher with a spout to pour them out onto the griddle. Traditionally a piece of pork fat skewered onto a fork was used to grease the griddle before each cake was baked. A well seasoned cast iron griddle is the only way I have found to successfully make these. Save at least a cup of the batter to save as a starter for the next batch (this will give a sour taste--sort of like sourdough) to the next batch you fix and is most excellent IMHO. Hope you enjoy. Prep time includes overnight rising time
Chocolate Buckwheat Pound Cake Recipe
I love pound cakes, or quatre-quarts* in French. As a child, I went through a phase of eating Breton pound cake for breakfast day in, day out. I’m talking about supermarket pound cake, baked in long yellow logs and wrapped in soft paper. I liked it on the stale side, so I sliced it in advance, and let it age three to four days. I was an affineur of pound cake if you will.
I only recently discovered the beauty of homemade pound cake, and it has become one of my could-make-it-blindfolded cakes, in rotation with my French yogurt cake.
You know how pound cakes work, right ? You weigh the eggs, and add the same weight in sugar, melted butter, and flour. This means these ingredients each form a quarter of the batter, hence the French name, four-quarters. The English name comes from originally using a pound each of the ingredients, but that yields a pretty big cake. The French ratio allows for more flexibility.
Of course, it doesn’t tell you if you’re supposed to weigh the eggs with or without the shell, and how much baking powder to add. In truth, you can just relax about both. We’re not building a rocket ship we’re baking a cake. Weigh the eggs with or without, add one or two teaspoons of baking powder, it will be fine. Channel your inner French grandma and do what feels right.
And it is a recipe that lends itself to variations with remarkable grace my favorite kind of recipe for sure. Today I will share one of my favorite riffs: the buckwheat and chocolat pound cake.
I’ve been enjoying the buckwheat and chocolate pairing for years, by ordering a chocolate buckwheat crêpe for dessert at crêperies (Brittany again!). It is divine. Almost better than sugar-and-butter. Try and tell me what you think.
In this spirit, I make a pound cake with 100% buckwheat flour (this makes it gluten-free) and fold a generous amount of chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) into the batter. The result is deeply flavorful, fluffy and moist, with chocolate in every bite, and a lovely crust dotted with sugar, my signature touch.
For the maths majors out there, let me confess two things: this becomes, in effect, a five-fifths (cinq-cinquièmes) rather that a four-fourths, just like my pistachio pound cake. And because I prefer my cakes not too sweet, I decrease the amount of sugar a little bit, which admittedly throws off the ratio, but who’s counting?
You will also notice that I give you the option of using coconut butter here, a magical ingredient I told you about here and here. In baking, it can replace regular butter, and here the coconut note is hardly noticeable against the buckwheat and chocolate.
It is a cake that is quick and simple to prepare, and because the formula is easy to memorize, it’s a great cake to bake on vacation with no cookbook and no Internet connection, to impress your friends as the baking fairy (or wizard) you really are. A skill that happens to be on my bucket list for cooks.
Despite its somewhat misleading name, buckwheat is actually one of the darlings of the gluten-free world. While it has a similar appearance and texture to grain, buckwheat is a type of seed and therefore does not contain any traces of gluten or wheat. It is typically sold ground (into buckwheat flour) or whole (as either roasted or unroasted groats) and can be used to make porridge, bulk up salads or as the base for gluten-free noodles, cakes and biscuits.
This collection of buckwheat recipes runs the gamut from morning until night, with plenty of inspirational brunch, dinner, sweet and savory snack ideas to get you cooking. Deena Kakaya shares a spin on a classic gluten-free breakfast dish with Banana and buckwheat pancake recipe, adding cinnamon and passion fruit to the batter. Nancy Harbord uses buckwheat as the foundations for a cheeseboard in her Oatcakes recipe, while Regula Ysewijn's Gluten-free almond, apricot and buckwheat cake is a fantastic easy cake recipe that everyone can enjoy.
In warmer weather, strawberries are plentiful at the farmers’ market and local supermarkets, but if you’re pulling up this Naturally Ella recipe during the dead of winter, the frozen varieties are going to be your go-to for this ingredient. (FYI: Unlike the others in this roundup, this recipe does use a flour blend of half buckwheat, half whole wheat, so there is gluten in this one.)
Photo: Cookie and Kate
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