Anybody who ever tried good old thin crepes – loved them! The charm is irresistible. Before I continue this pro-European article, I must tell you, the language of modern Greece has been influenced by French much more than by English. We use their words for all car parts, machines, lifts, makeup, clothes… Greek women avoid our original word for the bra (στηθόδεσμος) – they rather say Sutién! Furthermore, we say madame, instead of kiria in public speech. Knowing this, one comes to the conclusion that Greeks took numerous cooking expressions from our western Mediterranean friends. (I cannot say neighbours as I would say for our Italian brothers, but I will cover this in another article). Nevertheless, ancient Greeks did have some form of pancakes!
Pancakes have not been an invention of the modern culinary. They have sweetened the life of the ancient Greeks too. As one of the favorite breakfasts, they were prepared very early in the morning, at dawn. If one wanted breakfast in Ancient Greece, they had to get up early enough; otherwise they skipped it and ate later in the day.
– Taken from: www.ancientworldalive.com –
French cooking art
We all know that French rule the western world cooking art! Especially when it comes to desserts. When you are on Keto, eating desserts should not be something to obsess about. But eating desserts as a replacement for full meals is an interesting approach to reduce sugar cravings. Keto desserts, in fact, can and most certainly, should be used as full meals. Especially for the breakfast.
Crepes in Europe
Here in Europe, crepes are far more popular than classical pancakes. In fact, those thick ones are usually called “American pancakes”. In some countries, you will find “pancakes” on the menu, but when you order them, you will get the thin and almost transparent crepes.
THE HISTORY OF CREPES
Traditionally, not much grew on the Breton moors. But when buckwheat arrived in Bretagne in the 12th century, it took to the harsh landscape right away. The Bretons made the most of this fibre-rich, high-protein grain, grinding it down and combining it with water and a touch of salt to create a batter. With a dab of butter on a hot surface, the batter was spread with a wooden scraper into a flat, round shape, then flipped, folded and filled with whatever was local and fresh. Though white flour has sometimes been used since the 20th century (known with some derision as crêpes de Froment), crepes are still made in this way today.
– Taken from epicureandculture.com –
Crepes in Greece
These days, it’s literally impossible not to find a town in Greece that doesn’t have a small or big crêperie. They are serving super-thin pancakes in a range of sweet and savoury forms. The airy light crepes are sold in restaurants and street vendors all over the country. But the problem is, they are loaded with wheat flour and usually filled with the sugary spread. So, how can we make it keto friendly? Quite easy! Not only that I made them KETO, I also included Mediterranean ingredients that will satisfy even the biggest gourmets!
The delicious Keto crepes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: (as you wish, I bake them 2 minutes from each side)
- 5 free-range eggs
- 5 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tbsp psyllium
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- Beat the eggs and melted butter using an electric mixer
- Add psyllium and almond flour
- Add all the spices
- Slowly add warm water and keep mixing for another minute
Ready to bake them!
Make sure you use a top quality non-stick pan. If you don’t have such a pan, use coconut oil or ghee in a standard pan. (Not quite a Mediterranean way, but I wouldn’t recommend baking them with olive oil) Now, be mindful of your filling. Forget sugary spreads, honey, marmalade and world famous Nutella. We are staying Keto to the bone. You can use some sour cream or heavy whipped cream followed by a few berries. Also, you can mix grass-fed butter with organic raw cacao and make your own chocolate spread. On the other hand, if you want to use your crepes for savoury meals, exclude the spices and add some extra salt to the batter. Don’t forget – Keto version will make you full faster than the classical one. Not only that, you will not be hungry for hours! Unlike the wheat or even the buckwheat flour version.