OK, so I am very late on this. Or too early for next year – your call.

I’ve started a new tradition in Casa Quantum Leaps. Pancakes are embraced. But not the boring unambitious lemon with a sprinkle of sugar approach, or even Nutella and banana. I go French. The crepe/galette This involves buckwheat flour, which despite featuring a lot in Rachel Khoo’s popular My Little French Kitchen (review here) isn’t that easy to get hold of in Britain; you’ll have to make friends with your local health good shop.

This affords many savoury fillings (cheese is virtually mandatory) to be enclosed into it like a envelope and popped in the oven to help it along; and works especially well with a good poached egg too. And of course there’s crepes suzette……

Makes 8-10

  • 125g buckwheat flour
  • 30g plain flour
  • 175ml water
  • 175ml semi-skimmed or full fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • pinch of salt
  • butter in which to cook crepes

Whisk all the ingredients into a smooth batter and rest in the refridgerator for a couple of hours minimum before cooking. Heat a non stick pan over a medium heat with a little butter. Pour in a ladle of batter and tilt the pan so the mixture reaches the edges. When the top is virtually set use a (plastic or silicone – non stick pan remember!) spatula to flip the pancake and cook for 15 ish seconds more – it should be lightly brown on both sides.

Stack them between sheets of kitchen paper to keep warm; they can be collectively wrapped in some foil and placed in a warm oven to reheat as well.

Pancake Day
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