Buckwheat Pancake Recipe

Bought a big bag of buckwheat flour and not sure what to do with it? There’s a packet of buckwheat groats sitting in your cupboard waiting for their time in the limelight? I feel your pain! Luckily… I have a solution. With these buckwheat pancakes you will be going through your buckwheat supplies in no time!

Buckwheat pancakes with whole buckwheat groats
Buckwheat pancakes with whole buckwheat groats

Hidden away in the depths of David Tanis’ book “Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys“, I found this wonderful recipe for buckwheat galettes which he serves with ham and cheese, but I recommend salmon and cheese with rocket dressed in rapeseed oil, lemon and garlic; a great dish for weekend brunch. I also really like the addition of buckwheat groats and have opted not to mill them. It makes for a lovely texture and looks good too!

Ingredients for 8 to 10 buckwheat pancakes

  • 160g buckwheat flour
  • 65g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 600g milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 45g buckwheat groats, dry-roasted
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Day 1 (evening)

  1. Combine the flours, eggs, milk, salt and groats in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  2. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight.

Day 2 (morning)

  1. Heat a pan over a medium heat.
  2. Using a paper napkin rub a little bit of butter around the pan.
  3. Scoop in about 25g of batter and distribute evenly.
  4. Brown on one side before flipping over.
  5. Remove and set aside (keep warm in the oven until the others are done).
Buckwheat pancakes with salmon, cheddar and rocket salad
Buckwheat pancakes with salmon, cheddar and rocket salad
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The Best Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe

One of my recent visits to Ireland brought me to The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore and, oh my, they do good brown bread there.

Luckily, I found the recipe in The Cliff House Hotel Cookbook: Granny McGrath’s Brown Soda Bread.

Some of the ingredients were rather hard to find in the UK (I believe they are more readily available in Ireland) but I did succeed and found what I needed.

Blair Atholl Coarse Wholemeal Flour
Blair Atholl Watermill Coarse Wholemeal Flour

The recipe is fantastic. There is no doubt, this is the real deal.

Slice of Irish Brown Soda Bread
Look at that. What a beauty!

Granny McGrath’s Brown Soda Bread

Ingredients (for 1 loaf)

  • 350g coarse wholemeal flour
  • 150g fine wholemeal flour
  • 100g wheatgerm
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 100g bran
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 735g buttermilk
Brown Soda Bread Flour Wheatgerm Bran
Brown Soda Bread Ingredients (from top left clockwise): Fine Wholemeal Flour, Coarse Wholemeal Flour, Wheatgerm, Bran

How to bake it

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C
  2. Grease a large baking tin
  3. Thoroughly combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  4. Add the buttermilk and beaten eggs
  5. Mix (best to use your hands) to quickly combine all the ingredients. The dough will need only the minimum amount of handling. Kneading the dough is unnecessary and would in fact toughen the bread.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes
  7. Remove the bread from the tin and put back in upside down
  8. Bake for a further 10 minutes
  9. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack
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