On week-ends we love having galettes. Galette is another word for savoury pancake made with buckwheat flour and served with savoury garnishing. If you go to a market and order a pancake, you will often be asked galette or crêpe. A crêpe today is referred to as a pancake made of wheat flour and served with sweet garnishing such as sugar, jam, chocolate. There really are no strict rules as it is very common to have savoury crêpes these days. Being a busy mom, I buy my galettes at the local fromagerie (cheese store) – the quality is excellent. But when I have time, I prepare the batter myself. It’s such a delicious classic meal from Brittany. Cider is perfect to accompany this meal, but buttermilk is the traditional match.
6 slices ham
1 pack white button mushrooms (rinsed and sliced)
Grated Emmental or Gruyère cheese
Fry the mushrooms in a frying pan with the butter, set aside. It takes about 4 minutes. I like to fry the eggs sunny side up just before so they are ready and warm. Set aside.
For each galettes, repeat the same procedure: melt a small amount of butter in a frying pan and place the galette. Add the piece of ham, sprinkle a handful of cheese and cook on a low heat till the cheese melts. Put the fried egg on the cheese, add the mushrooms on top and season with salt and pepper. Fold the pancake (see photo). Serve with a salad.
Buckwheat pancake batter (sarrasin)
250 grs buckwheat flour
30 grs melted butter
1 pinch salt
500 ml milk
In a large bowl, mix the buckwheat flour and make a well in the middle. Add the eggs in the center, slowly combine and stir the milk, melted butter and salt. Make sure to stir constantly and firmly so you won’t get lumps in the batter. Cover with a plate and leave to rest for at least an hour.
Heat your oven on a low heat so you can place your galettes to keep warm. When the batter is ready, melt a teaspoon of butter in a frying pan. Add one ladle of batter to form a pancake. Fry approx 2-3 minutes on a medium heat until golden. Flip sides and repeat.