It turns out that if you want a foolproof way to introduce more buckwheat into your diet (or if you’re like me and have a large bag of it in your pantry that you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to use up), crêpes are the way to go.
Although I used the same ratio of buckwheat flour to wheat flour that I used when I made the nearly inedible (to me) Maple-Walnut Buckwheat Scones, these crêpes were not only edible, but in fact quite delicious. (It could have been the chocolate hazelnut spread though…or the fact that the Cherry Sauce I made with them is magic…either way, they were good stuff.) Next time I make them, I think I’m going to try a savory filling.
Yields 12 to 16 crêpes
2/3 cup cold water
2/3 cup cold milk
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
A little bit of canola oil, for frying the crêpes
Put the water, milk, eggs, and salt into the jar of a blender, followed by the flours and then the butter. Blend until fully combined, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as necessary. (The batter should have the consistency of heavy cream; if it’s too thick, add water a little at a time.) Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.
To make the crêpes, heat an 8, 9, or 10-inch (I used 9-inch) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, use a pastry brush to brush the skillet with a couple drops of canola oil. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in a slightly scant 1/4 cup of batter; while still off the heat, rotate the pan to spread the batter out (the batter should spread out along the bottom of the skillet without excess; you can tell if you need to use more or less batter based on this first crêpe).
Place the pan back on the heat; cook until the crêpe is browned on the first side (about 60 seconds), then gently slide a long metal spatula under it and flip it over. Brown slightly on the second side, about 20 to 30 seconds (it will only be a spotty brown on the second side, not evenly browned like the first side). Transfer the crêpe to a wire rack to cool (you can stack them on a plate once cooled), and cook the remaining batter the same way. Fill with anything you like (I filled them with chocolate hazelnut spread and topped them with cherry sauce and a sprinkling of powdered sugar).