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A Pancake Sunday For My Papa

July 11, 2010

My dad grew up in Madawaska, Maine, close to the border of Canada. In fact, he was actually born in Canada since that’s where the nearest hospital was located. Ployes, or French buckwheat pancakes were a staple of his childhood and mine too. My dad used to have his sisters ship ploye mix to Nashville, and we often ate them at dinner rolled up with butter and brown sugar. My Dad is up in Maine for his high-school reunion this week, and my mom told me is enjoying ployes everywhere he goes. I laughed and told her I hadn’t eaten a ploye in years, and so we decided to celebrate Pancake Sunday with a big batch of ployes in honor of my dad.

We kept our ployes completely gluten free and used 100% buckwheat flour instead of the ployes mix.

First, we measured out about a cup of the flour…and by we, I mean my mom. She did all the work. Thanks mom!


and then she whisked in hot water until the batter reached a very thin consistency…


We then cooked 7 ployes in my mom’s special ploye-only skillet over low heat. That’s it!


I ate 1 plain ploye, 1 blueberry ploye…and one dark chocolate mini Reese’s cup ploye (inspired by Brandi). πŸ™‚ My toppings consisted of plain goat milk yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.


Not quite the ployes of my youth, but pretty darn tasty!

Thanks for the inspiration dad, and I hope you’re having a wonderful trip! See you when you get home. πŸ™‚

63 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 9:09 am

    Those look mighty tasty! I LOVE buckwheat! Will definitely have to give these a try. I hope your dad has a great trip! Have a great Sunday Heather!

  2. July 11, 2010 9:12 am

    So this is just buckwheat flour and water?

  3. July 11, 2010 9:16 am

    That’s a really simple recipe! I think I’ll try it on a day I’m running late to class. Any other fillers you’d recommend?

  4. July 11, 2010 9:20 am

    Karla, Yep.

  5. July 11, 2010 9:21 am

    Becki, I think sliced bananas would taste great as well as chocolate chips, or anything else you would normally add to your pancakes. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  6. July 11, 2010 9:27 am

    Those look really good.
    Any baking powder or anything in the recipe?
    The filling/topping options are endless! πŸ˜€

  7. July 11, 2010 9:31 am

    These look great! As a kid on mornings after sleepovers, my friends and I used to chop up any candy we could find in the pantry and throw it in our pancakes. Snickers used to be my favorite!

  8. hayleycepeda permalink
    July 11, 2010 9:35 am

    Holy YUM!!! They look kind of like crunchy pancakes, which sounds REALLY good to me! What a nice little tribute to your dad. πŸ™‚

  9. July 11, 2010 9:53 am

    Heather, nope, just buckwheat flour and water. πŸ™‚

  10. July 11, 2010 9:53 am

    Hayley, They tasted more like rubbery crepes. πŸ˜‰

  11. July 11, 2010 10:10 am

    I’ve never heard of ploye but they look sort of like crepes – yum!

  12. July 11, 2010 10:52 am

    These pancakes look great. I love buckwheat.

    Hope you had a great weekend. ; )

  13. Sarah R permalink
    July 11, 2010 11:06 am

    How interesting! There are so many different variations of pancakes around the world. We celebrated my mom’s birthday this morning with fresh blueberry pancakes. So yummy!

  14. July 11, 2010 11:19 am

    Your dad is from Madawaska?? My family is from Campbellton, New Brunswick which is reeeeally close by. I’ve never had ployes before though. I’m off to go call my mom and ask her why the hell not πŸ˜›

  15. July 11, 2010 11:29 am

    Susan, Yep, born and raised, and from the way he talks, everyone eats ployes up there. Let me know what your mom has to say about that. πŸ˜‰

  16. July 11, 2010 11:30 am

    Sarah R, Happy birthday to your mama! πŸ™‚

  17. Sara permalink
    July 11, 2010 11:34 am

    I just found your blog through SkinnyRunner and I’m hooked! I love your healthy approach to keeping the weight off. I recently lost 25 lbs, but sadly, have put about 10 of them back on as my boyfriend just moved back to NY and has been living with me (he was in FL for 10 months). He wants to lose weight too so we’re doing the 2 weeks of the South Beach diet to try to jump start his weight loss, and for me to get back closer to where I was, and then we’re going to just start living a healthy lifestyle TOGETHER. That’s definitely key.

    Anyway, I love all of your recipes and things on here, I can’t wait for the first 2 weeks of South Beach to be over so I can make some of your protein ice cream!

  18. July 11, 2010 11:39 am

    Sara, So glad you found me, and thanks for reading! Yes, the key is doing it together! I don’t know what I would do if Chris (my husband) was not a healthy eater. Much easier to stay fit when you have a partner on the same page as you. Best of luck, and I hope you enjoy some protein ice-cream soon. πŸ™‚

  19. July 11, 2010 11:44 am

    I put buckwheat flour in our bread sometimes– I really like it! These look tasty!

  20. July 11, 2010 11:44 am

    mmm…those look like crepes! Just buckwheat flour and hot water? How much water? This looks like something that would be fun to make! How much butter/oil is best? I think these would rock with nutella and raspberries.

  21. July 11, 2010 11:46 am

    I make buckwheat crepes, and I absolutely love them!
    Buckwheat is amazing πŸ™‚

  22. Brandi permalink
    July 11, 2010 11:48 am

    What a great Pancake Sunday πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of these, but they look awesome! I love crepes and they look thin like those, so I can’t imagine they would be anything but delicious. Especially with that dark chocolate reese’s πŸ™‚

    Which I need to buy soon. I’m craving them all the time after seeing them on here!

  23. July 11, 2010 11:52 am

    I’ve never heard of these! And I grew up in New England. They look very yum. Sweet of your mama to do the cooking. I hope you are feeling and doing well πŸ™‚

  24. July 11, 2010 12:15 pm

    Woah, you’re dad is from Madawaska? I’m from Presque Isle! I used to go to Madawaska all the time for ski meets and All-County Chorus practices… πŸ™‚

  25. July 11, 2010 12:17 pm

    Caroline, Yep, just buckwheat flour and hot water. My mom didn’t measure the water, but used just enough to produce a really thin crepe-like batter. She used a bit of cooking spray to oil the skillet.

  26. July 11, 2010 12:18 pm

    Rpattzlawyer, Yep, born and raised. πŸ™‚

  27. July 11, 2010 12:20 pm

    Erica, I always forget you grew up in New England. To me, you’re a fellow Southerner!

  28. July 11, 2010 12:44 pm

    That’s my kind of recipe. I’m on it.

  29. July 11, 2010 12:51 pm

    I have never heard of ployes, really cool to learn something new in the cooking world!
    That’s something I really enjoy about food and cooking, food tells a lot about the people and where they come from!
    Sounds like those crepes would be yummy with strawberries (or banana) and nutella!

  30. July 11, 2010 12:56 pm

    Never heard of these before! They look delicious though! I like the chocolate idea;) xx

  31. July 11, 2010 1:10 pm

    They almost looks like bubbly crepes! Mmm I think you’ve inspired me to make pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  32. fitnessandsunshine permalink
    July 11, 2010 1:21 pm

    I love buckwheat but never thought of making that. Looks so amazingly tasty, I must try. πŸ™‚

  33. July 11, 2010 1:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of ployes before but they sure look good! πŸ™‚

  34. July 11, 2010 1:30 pm

    these look so good – and gluten free – YEAH. I will make them – for me and K!!

  35. Monique@She's Going The Distance permalink
    July 11, 2010 1:54 pm

    Wow those look really interesting!! What cute wives/daughters you are πŸ™‚ SO sweet! I bet that was a happy memory for your papa πŸ™‚

  36. July 11, 2010 2:10 pm

    What a nice memory of you and your dad and the pancakes πŸ™‚

    And so glad to hear that everything was good, productive, and yes, stay outta the bed type of advice..woo hoo for the freedom to move, walk, do your thing. Your body and heablet will tell you what to do and where to go and how to be πŸ™‚

    Happy Sunday friend!

  37. July 11, 2010 3:30 pm

    Ana, anything is yummy with Nutella! πŸ˜‰

  38. July 11, 2010 3:58 pm

    That looks like a great quick recipe. I could fill it with bananas and nutella like my childhood πŸ™‚

  39. July 11, 2010 4:09 pm

    Wow, I have never heard of ployes. Thanks for the education, HEAB!

  40. Samantha permalink
    July 11, 2010 4:49 pm

    Oh my those look wonderful! One day I might just do an all pancake day with Gina’s perfect protein pancake for breakfast, your pizza pancakes for lunch (how did my kids and I live without this recipe for so long?!) and savory crepes for supper. YUM!

  41. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    July 11, 2010 5:03 pm

    aw these look good! and heart warming

  42. July 11, 2010 5:16 pm

    Sam, My idea of a perfect day! So glad the fam. is enjoying the pizza pancakes. ;0

  43. July 11, 2010 7:37 pm

    hey! I made pancakes today too, not even realizing it was sunday hahah.
    YOURS look so good tho- and interesting! I dont think I ever heard of a ploye before! they look like crepes to me πŸ™‚

  44. July 11, 2010 8:10 pm

    I love buckwheat pancakes, so I will have to try these ployes! They look a bit like crepes!

    Have you seen my post on Coquette Creperie?? Next time you come to CO you will have to try it! Its in Manitou and has GF crepes, quiches, and sandwiches! Absolutely delicious!


  45. July 11, 2010 8:49 pm

    Lisa, So happy you celebrated Pancake Sunday, even if it was on accident. πŸ™‚

  46. July 11, 2010 8:51 pm

    Glutenfreemuse, Yes, I’ve heard of Coquette Creperie. One of my friends who lives in Mantiou loves going there, and we actually drove by it last summer. I will definitely go there next time I’m in town!

  47. July 11, 2010 8:52 pm

    Lisa, They tasted like crepes too, although a bit rubbery. πŸ˜‰

  48. July 11, 2010 9:08 pm

    mmmmm those look so yummy!!!

  49. July 11, 2010 11:03 pm

    you made him pancakes? AWE- papas love to bond over breakfast or brunch i find! espcially somrthing as yummy as those pancakes πŸ™‚


  50. July 12, 2010 5:13 am

    Those look really cool! And delicious, of course! Ployes..never heard of em, but you learn something new everyday! πŸ™‚

  51. July 12, 2010 6:32 am

    That looks DELICIOUS!

  52. July 12, 2010 6:32 am

    Wow! Those ployes look delicious! Can you post a recipe please, I’d love to make them! 😎

  53. July 12, 2010 6:52 am

    Super funny! My fiance’s grandfather is from Madawaska! Ross grew up eating ployes and loves them, so I make them for him from time to time. Small world (and a small town – from what I hear Madawaska is tiiiiiny).

  54. July 12, 2010 8:38 am

    Sweetersalt…finally! Someone who knows what a ploye is. My dad will be so happy to read your comment!

  55. July 12, 2010 8:39 am

    Erika, The recipe was nothing but buckwheat flour and warm water. Cook on a greased skillet or pancake griddle and no need to flip. That’s it. πŸ™‚

  56. Kathleen permalink
    July 12, 2010 8:47 am


    This is my 1st comment, but I just couldn’t resist! I went to University about a 30 minute drive from Madawaska, in Fort Kent Maine! They had ploye festivals and everything!! I do love ployes, and Madawaska. What a great surprise to read about both of them this morning πŸ™‚

  57. July 12, 2010 8:51 am

    Kathleen, Another ploye lover!!! Thanks so much for your comment – it brought a big smile to my face. πŸ™‚ I must tell my dad about the ploye festival. I’m thinking road trip! πŸ™‚

  58. July 12, 2010 9:28 am

    i am really drooling over these…i’ve never heard of a ploye before! the Reese’s one sounds best to me though πŸ™‚

  59. July 12, 2010 9:29 am

    Heather, It was. πŸ™‚

  60. July 12, 2010 11:07 am

    That looks so good. Where do you by the original flour from? I’ll hvae to do some research.

  61. July 12, 2010 12:09 pm

    Michele, My dad’s sisters shipped it to us, but I believe you can purchase it from the website I linked to. That being said, it was nothing but 100% buckwheat flour, and you should be able to find that at any health food store.

  62. Sarah Anne permalink
    July 14, 2010 12:25 am

    Lurker speaking up here! Yay for Maine, I grew up there – though oddly enough I’m in Canada now. Those look FANTABULOUS and I am definitely going to look into making them!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  63. July 14, 2010 6:39 am

    Sarah Anne, Small world! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading HEAB.

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