The Breton buckwheat pancake, quite an art!

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What’s this?

Now, a famous Breton recipe... OK, OK, the most famous one: the pancake (galette in French)! Made with the famous sarrasin or blé noir, "buckwheat"...

The little history

The buckwheat, coming from Central Asia, was introduced in Brittany with Crusades, in the 12th century. The buckwheat pancake was the most basic food for Breton people, since centuries.

Nowadays, we eat them with chitterlings sausages, eggs and cheese, but... in the past, people ate it only with butter, soaked in soup or cut in slices and cooked in a pan. Traditionally, the pancake is cook in the bilig, a big round cooking plate about 70 centimetres large, said the Breton writer Pierre-Jakez Hélias in his book The Cheval d'Orgueil.

And also!