Breton Breakfast Galette With Cremini Mushrooms
photo by Mary Jenny
- Ready In:
- 250 g buckwheat flour
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg, separated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- extra water (to thin the batter)
- 1. Mix the flours together, making a well in the centre. Add the egg yolk and mix until combined. Slowly add first the milk, then the water, incorporating with a whisk until you have a smooth batter (it will still be a little thick at this point but as long as it's smooth, you're good).
- 2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg white and salt until it forms stiff peaks and then fold into the batter with a rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
Ingredients for the filling for one galette (just make as much as you need):
- 4 large cremini mushrooms, 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) herbes de Provence **, 1/4 cup (50 mL) mushroom stock (ideally mushroom or you could use whatever you have on hand).
- 1. Melt the butter over a medium heat in a heavy bottomed skillet. Add the herbs de Provence and sauté for a minute or so.
- 2. Add the mushrooms and coat with the butter and herbs. Sauté over medium heat until softened – a couple of minutes.
- 3. Turn up the heat slightly and add the stock. Simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, a couple more minutes.
- 4. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
- 1 thin slice of Black Forest ham.
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) shredded Emmenthal cheese.
- sprinkle of chopped chives for garnish.
- 1. When you take your batter out of the fridge, you might need to add some more water or milk. The batter should be fairly thin – think smoothie consistency.
- 2. You will probably have a couple of galettes that don't work out the first time. Usually I find it takes a couple to get into the technique!
- 1. Heat a large non–stick frying pan over medium heat. You might like to melt some butter (about 1 tablespoon) to start with and after every 2–3 galettes, depending on how "non stick" your pan is. One of my pans does not require any butter, some of my older ones do.
- 2. Using a half–cup measure, pour batter into the centre of the pan and immediately swirl the pan to spread the mixture – you're looking for a galettethat's about 8–9 inches across so it will be very thin.
- As the edges begin to crisp up a little, make sure the galette is not sticking, especially in the centre. I use a large, thin plastic spatula to keep this in check.
- 3. You'll know the galette is ready to flip when it's completely dry looking on top. It might bubble and look a little "lacy" but that's fine – in fact that's perfect!
- 4. Flip the galette carefully and immediately add the cheese in the centre. Once the edges of the cheese have started to melt, add the mushrooms, saving a couple for garnish. Press them into the cheese. Cook a minute or so then add the ham.
- 5. Fold in the sides of the galette to slightly cover the fillings. Traditionally thegalette is served in a square shape with all four sides folded in but I kind of like with just two sides folded over (oh, and it's pretty hard to make it stay folded when it's all four corners!).
- 6. Top the completed galette with the mushrooms you set aside and a sprinkle of chives.
- Bon appétit!
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