These wholemeal pancakes were inspired by a French bistro lunch I had a few years ago. They are with ham, cheese and a runny egg yolk on top.
French Style Pancakes – Light Lunch Bistro Style
I don’t know any people that don’t like pancakes.
Depending on the filling, you can serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can have them with a sweet or savoury filling. You can have them extra thin or thick. The possibilities are probably endless.
I also prepare them in many different ways but for today – a pancake recipe in a French bistro style.
We had them for the first time a few years ago when we went to Paris.
It was late lunchtime, and we had already been walking for hours. We needed a few moments to rest and – something small to eat. We found a nice looking bistro packed with customers (good sign), but luckily there was still a table for us.
Not all of us ordered a pancake with an egg. But we all tried it and liked it so much that now and then I make these French Style Pancakes myself at home.
They are pretty straightforward to make and even easier if you fried the pancakes earlier. Since this is a savoury dish, it works well (and it is healthier) if the pancakes are made with wholemeal flour, but a combination or just plain flour is fine, too.
The only tricky part in this recipe is making sure the egg stays in the centre, and the edges of the pancake don’t unfold. However, I believe that with the hints in the below recipe it will not be a problem.
These French Style Pancakes can be grilled in an oven which allows serving them to everybody at the same time.
French Style Pancakes with Egg
A recipe for pancakes like from a French Bistro, with ham, cheese and egg.
- 250 g plain flour or wholemeal flour or combination of plain and wholemeal
- 250 ml milk
- 250 ml water
- 2 eggs
- pinch salt
- sunflower oil for frying
- 80 g cheese (e.g. Cheddar), grated
- 100 g cooked ham in slices
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper.
Put all the pancakes’ ingredients to a food processor and process till combined. Alternatively – use a hand mixer or a whisker.
Smear a big pancake frying pan with oil (you can do it by putting a drop of oil on the pan and smearing it with a folded kitchen paper) and heat it; fry pancakes. From the above proportions, you will end up with more than 4 pancakes so you can have the rest with any other filling.
Heat a grill to hot and prepare a baking tray by greasing it with a bit of oil.
In the middle of each of 4 pancakes put a quarter of the grated cheese, slices of ham and fold each pancake like an envelope leaving an uncovered area in the centre.
Heat up a drop of oil in a frying pan and put one pancake in, gently pour an egg to the uncovered part of the pancake (you may lift one edge before you pour the egg); season and fry for a minute pressing the edges of the pancake to make sure they don’t unfold; transfer into a prepared baking tray; repeat with the remaining 3 pancakes.
Put the baking tray with the 4 pancakes under the hot grill for 2-3 minutes till the eggs are set, but the yolks are still runny. (Grilling time may vary depending on the type of grill, so it is safer - at least if you are making them for the first time - to keep an eye on the eggs).
Serve with a salad made of different types of lettuce, tomatoes and vinaigrette.