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Buckwheat Crepes Recipe with Fig Hazelnut Ganache

Buckwheat crepes are naturally gluten free. Filled with fig hazelnut ganache, this buckwheat crepe recipe is decadent and simple to make.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Buckwheat Crepe Recipe, Buckwheat Crepes Recipe
Servings: 26 crepes
Calories: 192kcal


Cocoa Buckwheat Crepes

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

Fig Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

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


  • confectioner's sugar
  • freshly whipped cream optional


Make Buckwheat Crepes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg