These pancakes, which are thin like the classic European type, contain only a handful of ingredients. The nuttiness of the buckwheat groats lends itself wonderfully to savory flavors such as fresh herbs and wild salmon.
This buckwheat-based pancake uses fermentation provides an important gut-healing benefit – it makes it more digestible. In spite of its name, buckwheat does not contain wheat and is, therefore, free of gluten.
It contains a great deal of fiber, magnesium, and manganese.
- 1 ½ cups raw buckwheat groats (not the toasted variety known as “kasha”)
- 1¾ cups mineral water plus ½ cup mineral water (if using filtered, be sure it contains no chloride or fluoride)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- Ghee for cooking as needed
- 8 slices wild salmon lox
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Rinse the buckwheat groats under running water.
- Place the rinsed groats and 1 ¾ cup mineral water in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let the mixture soak at room temperature for 8 hours.
- Transfer the soaked groat mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse several times until groats and water are well combined but still coarse.
- Transfer this mixture back to a large bowl (I like to use Pyrex so I can see the batter) and let it ferment at room temperature ranging from 72F to 76F for 12 to 24 hours or until the batter becomes bubbly and raises about 30% of its volume.
- Heat a heavy cast iron frying pan to medium-low heat.
- Stir the sea salt, additional ½ cup mineral water, and ground flax into the buckwheat mixture to make a batter.
- Add a little ghee to the hot pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake, spreading the batter out to make 4-inch pancakes with the back of a tablespoon.
- Cook the pancakes for two minutes, or until lightly browned, before flipping and cooking for another minute. Once the pancakes are cooked, keep them in a 200° F oven to keep warm while you make the pesto.
- To make the pesto, finely chop the parsley and cilantro. Combine the chopped herbs, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic together.
- To serve, garnish warm pancakes with slices of lox, lemon zest, and a drizzle of pesto.
STORAGE: Cooked pancakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.