Buckwheat is a fruit, despite its name, that comes from the same family as rhubarb and sorrel. According to Enabling.org, buckwheat is a gluten-free food that is ground into buckwheat flour, which is close to being a "complete" protein because it has all eight essential amino acids. However, when sold in a mixture with wheat flour, the food is no longer gluten-free. Buckwheat is highly nutritious because it contains a lot of fiber, helps regulate glucose levels and contains B vitamins.
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crepes
You can fill buckwheat crepes with any sweet or savory filling you like. To make this recipe from Saveur, combine 1.5 cups and buckwheat flour and salt in a bowl. Form a well in the center of the flour and pour in one egg that was beaten until it was foamy. Mix the egg and flour while pouring 1-1/2 cups of water into the same bowl. Continue to mix the ingredients until the batter is smooth and elastic. Place the batter into a medium bowl, pour 2 tablespoons of water over it, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, stir 1 cup of milk and 2/3 cup of water into the batter. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Right before you make the first crepe, brush a bit of melted butter into the pan. Pour a 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and move the pan around so the batter spreads. Cook the batter until the crepe is a light golden color and a bit crisp on the edges. Flip the crepe and cook it in the pan for a couple more minutes. Serve the crepes with filling of your choice.
Enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner with homemade pasta made from nutritional buckwheat flour. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of buckwheat flour and 1-1/2 cups of unbleached white flour. Create a well in the center of flour mix and add 4 jumbo eggs, a 1/2 tablespoon of oil and a dash of salt. With a fork, slowly start mixing the eggs in the well together and let the flour naturally incorporate itself. Continue to mix the ingredients until they are well incorporated.
Set a pasta machine on the thinnest setting and cut the pasta into strips that are two inches wide and one inch tall. Cook the pasta in boiling water until it is al dente.
Buckwheat bread is often made in eastern European countries and accompanies lamb dishes, according to the Food Network. To make this bread, stir together 1 cup of fine kasha, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and a 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Then mix in 1 egg, 1/4 cup of onion (minced), 1-1/4 cups of buttermilk and a stick (1/4 pound) of melted butter; reserve 2 teaspoons of this butter.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and coat a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with the reserved butter. Pour a tablespoon of coarse cornmeal into the pan; shake to coat. Transfer the bread dough into the pan; bake it for 18 minutes or until the bread is crusty. Cut and serve the bread after it is cool.