Buckwheat is plant with a grain-like seed used in many recipes today. It originates from Central Asia, but today you can probably find it in any store or market. Don’t know if many of you had a chance to cook with buckwheat, but a considerable amount of recipes you can find today use buckwheat as a base for the dough so you can make pasta with it, cakes and desserts. Another way to prepare buckwheat is to cook it with vegetables and make a delicious side or main dish.
A few of the interesting facts about buckwheat are:
- 90% of globally consumed buckwheat originates from Russia,
- Discarded hulls of buckwheat are used as fillers for the pillows,
- Buckwheat is also used to manufacture an intensely flavored, dark-colored honey,
- It is also used in the alcohol beverage industry for the production of gluten-free beer and whiskey,
- Buckwheat is a rich source of dietary fibers, proteins, vitamins of the B group and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.
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Good morning! I’ve got the recipe for these Buckwheat Crepes with Bourbon Vanilla Plums for you today. Continue reading for the recipe and a special deal… Does anyone else have a love hate relationship with crepes? I love them. I love how versatile they are and how delicate and simple. But cooking them can be a major pain. I tend to get flustered quickly and give up when I can’t get them to cook without sticking. A few weeks ago I got a set of GreenPan non-stick pans.
This is an enriched version of Blue Bottle Coffee’s Strawberry Buckle cake. The original recipe uses all white flour, but I’ve really been enjoying adding buckwheat or rye flour to my bakes. If you’re not sure about buckwheat flour, give it a try. It’s nutritionally one of the better gluten-free ingredients, it has calcium, phophorus […]
I also had a bag of Iowa buckwheat groats (yay local grains!), a jar of tahini, and a craving for the most delicious, perfectly crispy, perfectly warm, naturally-sweetened chocolate chip cookie. […]
Making a cake with buckwheat flour can be a gamble. The results of my experiments in the past have been mixed so I heeded the sage advice of baking guru Alice Medrich and handled the buckwheat flour with extreme care to avoid it toughening from being over processed.
The flavour combination lived up to expectation. The buckwheat flour makes a cake that is dense but not heavy, a great cake to slice and pack into a lunchbox. The nutty banana flavour is not very sweet, just moist and moreish. This cake is gluten free. […]
Buckwheat and Health
- New evidence shows that buckwheat may be helpful in the management of diabetes. Single doses of buckwheat seed extract lowered blood glucose levels by 12-19 percent. The component responsible for these effects is chiro-inositol.
- One study found that women who consumed an average of three servings of whole grains daily, such as buckwheat, had a 21 percent lower risk of diabetes compared to those who ate one serving per week.
- Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to a lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Buckwheat contains a good concentration of dietary fiber and magnesium. Fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels while magnesium helps to promote blood vessel relaxation and blood circulation.
- People with celiac disease can eat buckwheat. This is an intestinal disease associated with sensitivity to grains or other foods that contain the protein gluten.
- A concentrated source of phytonutrients called flavonoids that include rutin, quercetin, and kaempferol are found in buckwheat. They are strong antioxidants that protect the cells from harmful free radicals in the body.
I had these first at a breakfast place called Suzette and quite liked the idea of these earthy tasting pancaked served with hummus and salad. Now I keep trying them with various flour combinations and toppings. The recipe is simplicity itself. You need A fantastic quality non-stick pan 1/2 cup buckwheat flour ( or a […]