Valley Fig Growers

Buckwheat Crepes with Chocolate Fig Ganache

In the Brittany area of France, buckwheat gives the traditional galette or crepe its toasty brown color. We’ve added cocoa to our buckwheat crepe recipe. It’s the kind of dessert for breakfast that gets us excited to rise and shine! 
 
Since the buckwheat crepes recipe doesn’t include any flour with wheat in it, these crepes are naturally gluten-free. Buckwheat also isn’t a great binder, so make sure to plan ahead for this buckwheat crepe recipe since the batter needs to cure. You want the ingredients to meld in the refrigerator, chilling for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. We think these crepes are perfect as made below, but if you want a fancier showstopper dessert, make our Mille-Crepes Cake with Fig Hazelnut Ganache. It’s a pretty cake that’s perfect for any celebration, and this gluten-free dessert will appeal to many kinds of eaters. 
 
Garnish the crepes with a dollop of fresh cream whipped to soft peaks with a smattering of roughly chopped hazelnuts and chopped mission figs, or fill with the ganache and feast!
 
Makes 26 crepes plus 2 1/4 cups ganache

Ingredients

Cocoa Buckwheat Crepes

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
 

Fig Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 9 ounces stemmed and quartered Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission Figs (1 1/2 cups)
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate bars, chopped (or feves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup toasted hazelnuts (plus more for garnish, if desired), cooled
 

Toppings

  • Confectioner’s sugar, optional
  • Freshly whipped cream, optional
 

Directions

  1. Heat the milk, whisking in cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar until combined over medium low heat for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally until combined and warm. Cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Using a whisk or fork and bowl, or blender, combine the buckwheat flour, salt, butter, eggs, and warm cocoa milk together until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill the batter for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight. 
  3. When ready to make the crepes, whisk 1/2 cup water into the batter. Place a large dinner plate or sheet pan on the stovetop next to where you will be cooking. 
  4. Set an 8-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Drop a small knob of unsalted butter into the pan, swiping around the sides with a paper towel to coat the bottom. Turn the heat down to medium low. Taking the pan off the heat, pour and swirl in 3 tablespoons but no more than 1/4 cup batter into the pan, tilt and swirl off the heat spreading the batter over itself in the middle until the batter stops moving. Place the pan back on the stovetop and cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds or when the top looks more dry and the edges have begun to release from the sides of the pan. Nudge a flexible spatula underneath and flip, cooking on the other side for 30 seconds. Place the crepes in a stack on the plate or sheet pan. Repeat until you’ve cooked all the batter.
  5. Make the Fig Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache: Place the cream and California Mission Figs in a small saucepan set over medium low heat, for about 5 minutes. Tumble the chopped chocolate or chocolate feves into a medium sized bowl. Place a strainer on top of the bowl and pour the cream through the strainer onto the chocolate below. Ignore the cream and chocolate for 3 minutes. Transfer the figs from the strainer to a food processor along with the salt and hazelnuts. Stir together the cream and chocolate until smooth. Then, transfer to the food processor. Process until smooth.
  6. Serve the crepes warm, filled with 2 tablespoons of fig chocolate ganache. Top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired or dust with confectioner’s sugar.
 

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 270
  • Fat 20
  • Cholesterol 60
  • Sodium 100
  • Carbohydrates 20 
  • Fiber 4
  • Protein 4
  • Calcium 51
  • Iron 2
  • Potassium 169