Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta and Sauteed Plums

My friend Keena lives less than a mile away and has a plum tree she can't keep up with. In early fall, she makes jam with as many plums as she can and sends me home with a big grocery bag full of them every time I see her. I'm not much of a canner, so I began sauteing them and using them as a topping for yogurt and porridge, and as a filling for these simple buckwheat crepes. While buckwheat groats have a pretty distinct flavor and can be a hard sell for many folks, buckwheat flour is commonly used and adored in both sweet and savory crepes. For this recipe, use oval-shaped Italian plums (or prune plums) if you can; they're nice and firm and lend themselves well to sauteing-or just plain snacking. Morning Notes: The crepe batter needs to rest for at least an hour, so plan accordingly or make the batter and refrigerate it overnight. If you go that route, the crepes cook best when the batter is at room temperature, so let it sit out for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.

"Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons" by Megan Gordon. Copyright Ten Speed Press 2013. Provided courtesy of Megan Gordon. All rights reserved.
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 55 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 40 min
 
YIELD: About 12 crepes
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

CREPES:
  • 1/2 cup/65 grams buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup/60 grams unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup/240 milliliters milk
  • 3/4 cup/180 milliliters buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound/450 grams Italian plums (6 to 7 plums), each sliced into 6 wedges
  • 2 cups Honeyed Ricotta
  • Honey, for serving
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Directions

To make the crepes: Whisk the flours, salt, milk, buttermilk, butter, and eggs together in a large bowl until very smooth. To save arm power, you can blend the ingredients in a blender instead. Let the batter sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature and up to 1 day in the refrigerator.

Rub a small dab of butter (1/2 tablespoon or so) onto the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch nonstick crepe pan or saute pan over medium heat and wait until it melts completely. (Too much butter will make for a soggy crepe.) Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the hot pan and tilt it in a circular motion to ensure the batter spreads out into an even layer. Cook over low heat until the edges start to pull away from the pan, about 2 minutes. Using a nonstick spatula, carefully flip and cook the other side until golden brown, about 1 minute. Lay the crepe on a large plate and repeat until you've gone through all of the batter (it's okay to stack the crepes on the plate). If the crepe pan starts to get too dry, add another little dab of butter. I tend to cook these quickly while the plums are sauteing and assemble them right then, but if you're chatting with friends and taking your time, keep the finished, unfilled crepes warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to assemble.

To saute the plums: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the vanilla and honey, swirl the pan so they combine with the coconut oil, and then add the plums. Saute until juicy and warm, 2 to 3 minutes.

To assemble: For each crepe, gently fold the crepe in fourths (fold in half, then in half again) and dollop 1 to 2 tablespoons of the Honeyed Ricotta and a few sauteed plums on top. Finish with a generous drizzle of honey.

Make It Your Own: These crepes work in any season. Swap out the plums for stone fruit in the summer or pears and cranberries in the winter. For a more decadent brunch, I've used mascarpone thinned with just a little Greek yogurt as a topping instead of the ricotta.

Make Ahead: You can cook the crepes and store them in the refrigerator, stacked between pieces of waxed or parchment paper, for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months by allowing the crepes to cool completely, wrapping them well in plastic wrap, and placing them in an airtight container. To reheat, place them in a glass baking dish or a pie plate covered with aluminum foil. Heat in a 250 degree F oven until just warmed through.

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