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This buckwheat pancake recipe is not your ordinary pancake, and there is nothing quite like a weekend morning breakfast of hot-off-the-griddle pancakes.
Especially when the batter can be made the night before, making these an overnight fermented pancake recipe. Score! Seriously, making pancake batter the night before makes cooking early in the morning a breeze.
This heritage recipe was found among my great-grandmother’s recipes, in a cookbook released in 1921, and is an overnight yeast pancakes recipe.
Unlike most modern buckwheat pancake recipes, this one incorporates yeast into the batter, which rises overnight and is cooked in the morning.
These simple buckwheat pancakes are best fried in a cast-iron skillet (all pancakes are for the record). Heat your skillet over medium heat until it’s nice and hot, and then pour your batter in, the preheating helps keep the pancakes from sticking. If your cast iron is well seasoned, you might not even need to add a fat source, but I like a little melted butter in the skillet just so the pancakes have a buttery taste (because hello, it’s butter!). You can find more on seasoning and caring for cast iron here
Wait until bubbles appear on the top before flipping. I prefer to use a metal spatula (and no, it won’t hurt a properly seasoned cast iron skillet) to flip my pancakes over.
Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes
Organic Buckwheat Flour– this flour is batch tested and certified gluten-free and organic
Molasses- a long-time stand-by in old recipes and added health benefits with vitamins and minerals, compared to most sweeteners.
Batter can also be saved from the first batch and used for subsequent batches without adding more yeast, similar to a sourdough starter.
For those who may have allergies, this is a buckwheat pancake recipe without buttermilk that is also gluten-free, egg-free, and refined-sugar free, although this was probably not even a consideration when the recipe was written!
Sweetened only with molasses, they are an enjoyable breakfast treat served with fruit, drizzled with maple syrup, or topped with yogurt. Cooked pancakes also keep well in the fridge for a few days, and freeze well, too. I also like them toasted and spread with peanut butter.
Due to the yeast and the overnight ferment, these are fluffy buckwheat pancakes!
Sourdough pancakes are another favorite and I share here how to make your own sourdough starter (including gluten-free) and my favorite sourdough recipes!
That’s it! Now you can enjoy this buckwheat pancake recipe all week long!
Andrea is an artisan and teacher trying to live a handmade and homemade lifestyle with her husband in Eastern Canada. She is passionate about growing her own food, cooking healthy meals, using herbs for healing, nurturing creativity, and finding joy and blessings in the every-day moments of life. She writes about all of this, plus her adventures in sewing, crafting, and pattern design at http://www.artisaninthewoods.com/