Buckwheat crêpe madames

Enjoy these buckwheat pancakes with eggs, cheese and ham for breakfast or brunch. They're good for Pancake Day or something different at the weekend

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:30 mins
    plus resting
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 411
  • fat 25g
  • saturates 13g
  • carbs 20g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 25g
  • salt 1.7g


  • 80g buckwheat flour
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • 100g mature gruyère, comté or cheddar, grated
  • butter, for frying
  • 100g ham, torn
  • fried mushrooms or steamed spinach, to serve (optional)


  1. Mix the flour, 1 egg, the milk and a pinch of salt in a jug or bowl. Set aside for 30 mins, or up to 3 hrs. Mash together the mustard, cream and cheese in another bowl. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, and line two baking trays with baking parchment or foil.

  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, then once foaming, add enough batter to just cover the pan, swirling it to cover the surface in a thin layer (pour any excess back into the batter bowl). Cook until the surface is set and the underside is browning, carefully flip and cook for another minute or 2, then take off the heat.

  3. Spoon a quarter of the cheese mixture onto the middle of the pancake, using the spoon to create space in the centre to hold an egg. Crack one into the space and lay a few pieces of ham around the edges. Fold each side of the pancake in towards the centre to make a square. Cook in the pan for another 30 secs-1 min, then transfer to a baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the pancakes, then bake for 6-7 mins until the egg whites are set. Serve with fried mushrooms or wilted spinach, if you like.

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