It’s that time of year when we decide what to do and where to go on holiday. Do we go away, do we stay local?
One place that sprang to mind was a camping holiday in France. Having visited there a twice in the past few years to see family, we have fallen in love with the Brittany countryside and especially the food from the region.
One of my favourite memories of our first trip to the Brittany region of France was when Martin’s uncle, Philippe, took us to the Chanson in Nantes. That evening, we went to a small restaurant that specialised in galettes and crepes. I’d never had galettes before, but they have quickly become one of my favourite things to have when we go to France. Martin and I loved them so much that we purchased Farine de blé noir, the flour that makes them so special, and brought it back to England so we could try making them ourselves. (Turns out, it’s just buckwheat flour, so we can still make them anytime we like even though our special French flour has long gone.)
Since we’d been talking of France so much, we decided to make a special meal of galette complète to remind us of our visits to the galette place in Nantes (I can’t recall the name of the amazing restaurant) and also to the Le Chat Botté in Clisson.
To make a special meal for two, you will need:
For the galette/crepe -
- 145g Buckwheat flour
- pinch sea salt (sel de Guérande, if you’ve got some!)
- 1 egg
- 250ml semi-skimmed milk
Filling for the complète:
- strong cheese like cheddar, comte or Gruyere, grated
- 1 egg for each person
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, salt
- Make a well and add the egg and a bit of milk to form a smooth paste.
- Then add the rest of the milk, mixing thoroughly.
- The batter should be smooth and have a ribbon-like consistency.
- Leave to sit at least 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Ladle a spoonful of batter into the centre of the pan and tilt it so that the mixture spreads easily over the hot surface. Make sure that you have a very thin layer of batter.
- Cook the galette for about 2 minutes or until the edges curl up and the bottom begins to brown.
- Flip and cook the other side. Continue this process until you’ve used up all your batter. Makes approx 4 galette/crepes.
- To fill, melt a pat of butter in the skillet and heat the galette on one side for about 15 seconds.
- Flip the galette over and scatter almost all of the cheese around the crepe. Let the cheese melt then add the ham, sprinkling on the rest of the cheese.
- Crack the egg over the ham. Gently fold each side of the galette so that the filling is sealed. If the yolk doesn’t seem cooked enough, break so that it runs slightly, and cover with a lid until the egg is cooked.
- Alternatively, to cheat… scatter the cheese over the galette, add the ham and then add a sunny-side up fried egg on top, fold the sides of the galette in… et voila! You don’t have to worry if your egg cooked or not.
Serve with ice cold brut cidre, from Brittany of course.
We’re going to keep researching our holiday, in fact a few places have caught our eye like Thomson AlFresco La Grande Metarie campsite in Carnac, but until we make it back to Brittany, we’ll have to keep the memories alive with the taste of our home made galettes.
*This is a sponsored post, although the recipe (and opinion) is my own*
Since moving to the UK over 6 years ago and the revelation of “Pancake Day”, I vowed that one day I would have pancakes in some form for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since pancake day represents Shrove Tuesday, pancakes for lunch has always been the sticking point as it falls during the work week. My other half generally doesn’t want pancakes for dinner, so I’ve ended up making them for myself for breakfast only.
This year I managed to convince the other half to have galettes for dinner. Since they are a crepe and crepes are pancakes, it fit the bill!
We’ve been trying to perfect this recipe and technique ever since our first trip to France. I think we are almost there!
One of these years, I will manage to do pancakes for lunch and will fulfil my dream of having pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It’s rare that the hubs and I get a lie in on a Sunday as Mini G tends to wake up before the sun and insists we get up too. This particular weekend however, Mini G had a sleepover at Nanny and Poppy’s. I took advantage of the leisurely situation and decided to try out a new pancake recipe from one of the newest cookbooks in my collection – French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.
I’m a big fan of Mireille Guiliano’s books and ethos on life in general. This recipe did not disappoint, in fact for a “healthy breakfast” it tastes very indulgent.
The lemon is a morning wake up for the taste buds.
The ricotta makes the pancakes fluffy and light.
It was a brilliant recipe to test on a quiet Sunday morning. I only hope that there will be more like this in my future. Saying that… Pancake day is just 2 days away. Mmmm…. pancakes!