Sunday, February 12, 2012

Buckwheat Breakfast Crumbles: Slovenian Fusion

It was Tuesday morning, time for breakfast, when I had a sudden brainstorm. There was half a bag of buckwheat flour in the cupboard, left over from last Tuesday's near-disaster with the žganci.  Why not whip up a batch of šmoren, substituting buckwheat flour for wheat?

I used soy milk, standard fare at our house, because that's all I had.  But it was a good match for the buckwheat, which turns out to be a particularly healthy food: high in protein, not technically a grain, and gluten free. Oil instead of butter was also an easy choice.

And there it was: Slovenian health food. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. A marriage of sweet šmoren and tangy žganci.  I had finally produced those little crumbles that had eluded me last week!

My new dish even tasted good, with the earthy, slightly sharp taste of buckwheat pancakes.  I topped it with a sprinkle of  brown sugar and served it with a side of organic Italian marmalade, blueberries, and nonfat Greek yogurt.

2 eggs

6 T. soy milk
2 T. buckwheat flour

2 t. brown sugar

dash of salt (optional)

oil for pan

Mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth crepe-like batter. Heat a frying pan with a thin film of oil. Pour in the batter. Leave it alone until the mixture starts to brown on the bottom. Then follow the usual procedure for šmoren. Take a spatula and begin to scrape, turn, and chop the mixture until you have a pan of nicely browned little crumbles.   Serves 2.


  1. I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from

  2. Thanks, Cindy, for including me! So glad to have found your lovely site!


  3. Smoren! We grew up eating "shmullen", which seemed to be scrambled pancake mix that was eaten with syrup or dipped into milky sweetened coffee (coffee-flavored hot milk really, we were little kids!). I am very excited about this buckwheat version- a much healthier incarnation of an old, and now forbidden-in-the-interest-of-health, favorite. Yeah! Thank you! : ) Lauren

  4. How nice to hear from you Lauren! You were exposed to more than I was as a kid, obviously. Hope you like the buckwheat version!