How to use rye flour?

Hi guys, it’s been a few weeks since I published my last recipe… in Italy, and now, well, I’m in London and it’s a liiil’ bit different. What? What do I mean? Mmm, everything. Be sure that I’m preparing a post about the food in London…

However let’s get back to our rye flour. Have you ever used it? For my non-very English friends it’s called farine de seigle in French or farina di segale in Italian. For my part, it’s the first time I buy it, and for me it was only used to make delicious French galette (savoury crepe made in Brittany) or bread. Then before to leave Italy, a friend of mine who has a gluten-free diet, taught me this cute little recipe I couldn’t help to make again and again. Even my little Lobster love it! Though I’m not intolerant to gluten, I don’t want to eat only gluten-based product. I, we, need diversity. Rye flour has a low gluten content for a change.

So here is one very simple way to use rye flour, to make vegan (or not) mini pancakes.

Positive: They are so easy and “free-style” to make.

Negative: They could cook faster though, 10-15 minutes for a batch of them in a stressing and hurried world seems like an eternity. Probably on a Sunday morning it could be more relaxing.

Ingredients for 12 mini pancakes:

  • 5 big tablespoons of rye flour
  • 1 glass of water or milk
  • optional: butter, seeds


If you use butter (I love butter!) you need to melt it before to start the recipe.

In a bowl, add rye flour and pour slowly the chosen liquid stirring carefully to obtain a slightly fluid but very creamy consistency (about a small glass). And that’s it. You’re done with the preparation! From here you can add whatever you like: melted butter, a pinch of salt, aromatic herbs, I went for flaxseeds once, and chia seeds this time (lovely!) or you can go for a sweet version and add cinnamon.

Heat a frying pan (PLEASE use a nonstick frying pan) on medium heat (no need for oil or butter). When very hot, drop carefully a tablespoon of the mixture in the pan. It should make a nice mini pancake. Repeat this operation until you covered all the space in the pan, making sure to leave enough space between each pancake so you can flip them.

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Wait until they turn a slightly darker colour to flip them (you see the first two pancakes at the bottom of the picture above? They still had some light colour in them).

After flipping them, I usually cook them about 5 minutes on the other side, then another 2 minutes on the first side again.

They are ready when they turn a nice golden colour on both sides.

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Allow your rye pancakes to cool down 2 minutes because they will have an… uncooked taste. But don’t worry this will disappear after a few minutes.

And now you can eat your first rye pancakes the way you prefer. Here are some ideas:

  • ricotta & honey
  • jam
  • apple puree & brie (see picture below)
  • well anything you like really, it’s like bread in the end.

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My advice: Milk or water? I would have thought that they would be better with milk but I tried both ways and there is no much difference to be honest. Today I tried with water because I had no milk, and I’m glad I made them anyway because my recently one year old boy had 3 or 4 pancakes in a row and I had a few myself! :)


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