Galette (presque) Complète with Bianchetti and l’Etivaz cheese


Galette complète with l'Etivaz Cheese

The French just know so incredibly well how to create refined soul food with simple ingredients! The other day, Arne and me have been to Leipzig, and before we headed back to Berlin with total winter chaos around us, we enjoyed a nice break in the most beautiful art nouveau café and bistro Maître. We had a truly sensational buckwheat Galette complète – I have to admit that I have never heard of this dish before and learned later that it is a Breton classic served with Emmental cheese and a fried egg (we ordered without bacon which normally belongs to it as well). We finished with wonderful cake and marveled at the snow outside – just perfect.

Back at home, I thought of a last truffle season’s delight – and as many sorts of truffles profit a lot from some resting time in a greasy environment like butter or eggs, I prepared a close-to-galette dough (the close-to-explanation follows below) for a nice bianchettto truffle and served the thin pancakes with fried eggs which had been in touch with a tuber fellow as well. Instead of Emmental cheese I chose some gorgeous AOC l’Etivaz from the Waadtländer Alps in Switzerland which has a nice taste of nuts and toffee.

And here is complete happyness (with the best ingredients hidden in the dough and under the egg):

Here’s my recipe

This one is not a spontaneous dish, but you won’t be disappointed, I promise. The following instructions will end up with four small galettes.

On the evening before galette showtime, carefully crack four eggs, each one of it in a separate small twist-off glass. Gently clean a small bianchetto truffle of about 8 g with a brush and cut into not too fine slices. Give some of the slices into each of the glasses – be careful not to damage the egg yolks.

The next morning, prepare the galette dough. I had no idea how it is done, so I looked up the general ingredients at Wikipedia , and as ingredients and look turned out to be very similar to bliny dough (the thin ones, not the fluffy things which are Oladje), I used my bliny recipe parameters for the amounts of liquid and flour. Only problem: At the organic shop, I had forgotten to buy buckwheat flour and grapped the wrong spelt – 1050 instead of full grain. Buckwheat and full grain together add a hearty taste to any kind of pancakes and crêpes – what a pitty that I had to miss both. Thank goodness, the close-to-galette-pancakes tasted great nevertheless.

I bravely mixed 1 egg, 100 g 1050 spelt flour – you better go for 50:50 buckwheat and full grain spelt or wheat flour – salt, 2 g dry yeast, 175 ml milk, 25 ml sunflower oil, a tiny bit of honey, and another bianchetto tuber of 8 g, cleaned with a brush and finely cut into very tiny pieces. On Evas blog kochpoetin I have read a lot about yeast dough resting overnight in the fridge. This seemed perfect for my purpose as the tuber needs some time to give its flavor to the dough – but the egg in the dough would not be happy to stand the time outside a cool place. The long rest in the fridge did a good job on both sides.

I the evening, first of all get the truffle slices out of the egg glasses. Cut them into very fine pieces. Get the dough out of the fridge, add the truffle pieces to the dough (which is double-truffled now, so to speak), mix well again and let rest at room temperature for one hour.

Grape about 100 g of l’Etivaz cheese. Heat some butter and sunflower oil on medium heat in two big iron pans. Give a ladle of dough in each pan and spread it carefully to get a thin galette. Turn, put some cheese in the middle and give one truffle flavored raw egg upon each galette. Fold the sides in a little bit so that you get squares, close the lid and let the egg whites get firm (and the yolks hot but still liquid) at low temperature. Add salt and pepper and some chopped basil leaves and enjoy. The same procedure for the second round – or if you want to serve all four galettes at once, pre-bake all galettes and then fill, fold and fry two of them in each pan.

Like always, here’s a Berlin photo topic as well with some corners and moments that Arne catched the other day in Kreuzberg. Those where the lucky times short before winter returned…

As the galettes are a real pleaser on a party buffet, I offer this post to Dorothée of Bushcooks Kitchen with her birthday party blog event:

Open Door Geburtstags-Event (Einsendeschluss 24. März 2013)

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13 thoughts on “Galette (presque) Complète with Bianchetti and l’Etivaz cheese”

  1. Never prepared a gallette like yours before – I mean with folded edges and an egg inside. It’s time to make one. Straightaway. Unfortunately there’s no time today and no bianchetti nowhere. But there’s buckwheat and spelt and egg in my pantry. May be I’ll try some gallettes tomorrow. Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.


    • It has been my first time, too – the folded galette keeps the filling in place very well ;-). Great that you want to try it, will be fine without truffles as well. Looking forward to hear how you liked it!


  2. Hi glad to have found your blog!! Your photos are beautiful and I(Melissa here..Kerryanne and I share a blog..I focus on the savory, she on the sweet:))) look forward to reading more. One day I’ll get to Berlin and go to Little’s been on my radar since I read about it in Bon Appetit. My friend Antje also told me about Prinzessinengarten…really want to go there as well!


    • Thank you so much for your compliment – I’m happy that Arne and me found your blog (via your like on one our my other posts) as well! Great concept with the two of you each with its special field.
      Yes, you should visit Prinzessinnengärten if you get to Berlin, it’s a wonderful place in summer. I’m impressed how they could manage to stay after it had seemd almost clear that they would have to move out.


  3. Never tried to make galettes but now you have set a little tune in my ear 😉 Good idea to give the dough a long rest (I will try for sure, just need to buy the Bianchetti!) and I really love the last “close-up” on the perfect shiny egg yolk!


    • This was my first fridge rest ever, and I was content with it. Thanks again for the inspiration! I’m sure you will get along with it even better – looking forward to your try!
      Yeah, isn’t the egg yolk a burner ;-)? The secret is to take the whole thing out of the pan immediateley, once the white got firm.


  4. Ah, now I know what do do with my buckwheat AND my new frying pan! An I could give my austrian cheese a try!


  5. Liebe Claudia,
    vielen Dank für Deinen schönen Beitrag. Als Trüffel-Fan kann ich da kaum widerstehen :-).


  6. Alexandre says:


    I have been looking for etivaz cheese all my life. It’s my favourite cheese an to me the cows producing the milk for this cheese are angels.

    Please tell me where you found etivaz cheese in Berlin!?


    • Thanks for stopping by, Alexandre, and great that you like this gorgeous cheese as well. I bought it at Galeries Lafayette – they sell mainly French cheese, but they offer some Swiss sorts as well.


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