Best buckwheat bread recipes


Buckwheat galettes are a weekend breakfast staple in our house and the wonderfully distinctive taste of buckwheat makes for interesting bread baking too. There is quite a variety of robust tasting breads and bakes you can achieve with buckwheat; here are some of the best buckwheat bread recipes.

Buckwheat flour sourdough bread
Buckwheat flour sourdough bread

10 things to know about buckwheat

  1. Buckwheat isn’t wheat. It’s the seed of an annual cold-climate loving plant belonging to the rhubarb family. The seeds are pointed and triangular in shape.
  2. Buckwheat is sold as groats (hulled whole buckwheat), as kasha (toasted buckwheat groats) or flour.
  3. Buckwheat flour comes from the milled de-husked seeds of the buckwheat plant (fagopyrum esculentum)The fine-textured, grey-ish flour usually comes as wholemeal with the full de-husked seed being crushed.
  4. Buckwheat has a strong, distinctive, nutty flavour.
  5. Buckwheat flour is gluten-free and is used in gluten-free baking to add flavour and nutritional value.
  6. It’s popular in Eastern Europe (blinis and kasha) and Japan (soba noodles).
  7. The biggest producers of buckwheat are Russia, China and Kazakhstan.
  8. Buckwheat contains higher levels of zinc (helps to bolster the immune system), copper, and manganese than other cereal grains.
  9. It is also a useful source of rutin which is thought to help control blood pressure and to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  10. The Distillerie des Menhirs makes a pure buckwheat whisky, described here as ‘smooth, strange and unique’. Would love to try it!
Buckwheat Unhulled Raw Toasted
Photo by Buckwheat For Your Health

10 best buckwheat bread recipes

No matter what rocks your taste buds, buckwheat has an answer. A world of possibilities opens up when you start looking at baking with buckwheat and here are some of the very best recipes.

Buckwheat seaweed bread
Buckwheat yeast bread with seaweed
  1. A delicious buckwheat yeast bread with seaweed (The New York Times)
    A recipe inspired by the region of Brittany; ingredients include buckwheat flour, wheat flour, kombu seaweed and dried yeast; ideal with seafood, think oysters, scallops or mussels.
  2. Wholesome buckwheat crackers with sesame (The New York Times)
    Great with smoked salmon; ingredients include buckwheat flour, wheat flour and sesame seeds. Note though, that I used about 3-4 times as much water as used in the recipe to bring the dough together.
  3. Buckwheat sourdough bread recipe (no yeast) (Weekend Loafer)
    French Buckwheat Bâtard which uses buckwheat flour, wheat flour and a liquid levain.
  4. Sprouted buckwheat bread recipe (raw) (The Raw Chef)
    An inspiring raw food recipe worth trying; ingredients include sprouted buckwheat, sun-dried tomatoes, courgette, apple, avocado and flax meal.
  5. Buckwheat soda bread (Dan Lepard for The Guardian)
    If gluten-free soda bread is your thing, here’s a good recipe to try; based on buckwheat flour and potato flour.
  6. Gluten-free bread & linseed bread
    This yeast-based recipe combines buckwheat flour, cornflour, linseed and psyllium husk powder with water, yoghurt and olive oil to form a wholesome loaf of gluten-free bread.
  7. Buckwheat pita bread recipe (Souvlaki For The Soul)
    Don’t expect them to puff, but these buckwheat flatbreads taste superb with souvlaki and tzatziki.
  8. Buckwheat pancakes
    A weekend brunch special; ingredients include buckwheat flour and buckwheat groats; serve with smoked salmon, cream cheese and green leaves
  9. Griddled buckwheat muffins from Dan Lepard’s The Handmade Loaf
    Another breakfast special; for some reason buckwheat works particularly well when served early in the morning!
  10. Gluten-free and vegan lemon buckwheat waffles (The Healthy Maven)
    Healthy waffles combining chia seeds, buckwheat flour, coconut flour, lemon juice, maple syrup and almond milk.
Buckwheat flour crackers
Buckwheat flour crackers with sesame seeds

What’s your favourite buckwheat bread?

  • Emma

    Morning Pam, you were asking about favourite buckwheat recipes. Not very original but I made the blinis recipe from Bertinet’s crust book for a Xmassy sort of lunch with my in-laws last month. We ate them fresh (I made them just before sitting down for lunch) and used as canapés which some good-quality Scottish smocked salmon and had no complaints.

    Otherwise I sometimes make the very traditional “Galettes de blé noir” which are common fare in Brittany with a savoury topping usually. Cant recommend any particular web recipe but any that only uses just buckwheat flour, egg, water and salt should do fine (so very simple but batter needs to stand though). And like any French crêpes these need to be made very thin, ie they are really not pancakes at all.

    • paemsn

      Hi Emma, thanks for your buckwheat recipe tips! I’ve been wanting to make blinis for a while and your comment has now moved them firmly onto my list of things to cook next weekend – I’d love to have them for lunch just now 🙂 Very thin all-buckwheat galettes sound delicious too! On the topic of non-wheat pancakes, I’ve recently attempted chickpea flour pancakes with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red onion, chillies and coriander which turned out really well for a late weekend brunch. Pam

  • northern vigor

    Tremendous article, Pam!
    Would you allow me to re-print it on my website? We grow and mill buckwheat.

    • paemsn

      Thank you and no problem to quote the article on your site!