Schwammal (Schwammerl) in Schliersee Time

As a companion piece to my article on Früchte Jähne, Schliersee’s produce paradise, I wanted to share an incredible simple recipe that you can even make on a camp fire while out on a hike.  Especially if you were to make your crepes ahead of time and roll them up around a paper towel tube and wrap with foil.  Once at your cooking location you can gently warm them in the pan you make the mushroom filling in.  I made this yesterday for my family with the Pfifferlinge I bought at Früchte-Jähne.
For me, seeing bright golden Pfifferlinge at the market always means Autumn and these simple yet incredibly savory crepes are always the first thing I make.  I hope they will become an autumnal favorite in your kitchen as well.




1 1/4 cups buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil plus additional for skillet
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 1/4 cups (or more) water
1/4 teaspoon salt



Place flour in medium bowl. Whisk in eggs, 1/4 cup oil, milk, 1 1/4 cups water, and salt.

Heat 10-inch-diameter nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; brush pan with oil. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet; tilt to coat bottom. Cook crepe until golden on bottom, adjusting heat to prevent burning, 30 to 45 seconds. Using spatula, turn crepe over; cook 30 seconds. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining batter, stacking crepes between sheets of plastic wrap. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.



3/4 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (from 2 shallots)
6 sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
2 pounds washed Pfifferlinge-chanterelle mushrooms, trimmed and coarsely chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup creme fraiche



1         Crepes: Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. I have found the thinner the batter the better. Melt 1/2 teaspoon butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Tilt skillet at a 45-degree angle, pour in a scant 2 ounces batter (slightly less than 1/4 cup), and immediately swirl and shake skillet in a circular motion to evenly distribute in a thin film across bottom. Cook until edges of crepe turn golden, about 45 seconds. Carefully flip crepe and cook just until set. I like them to have a slight browning but still remain very soft and flexible.  Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Melt another 1/2 teaspoon butter and continue cooking crepes in the same manner, whisking batter between crepes and stacking cooked crepes on top of one another.

2         Mushroom filling: Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of shallots and half of thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are softened and golden brown in places, about 10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook until most of wine is evaporated. Stir in creme fraiche and season with salt and pepper.  Careful not to overheat as it will curdle the cream and it will not be very pretty.

3         Assembly and serving: I like to serve these Autumnal crepes with a big salad dressed with roasted pumpkin oil, a very fragrant Olive oil and toasted pumpkin seeds.

TIP:     What is wonderful about these buckwheat crepes is you can easily make them a day a head and reheat. Also they are very versatile.  You can fill any leftover crepes with ham or turkey and cheese for the next days meal.  Also they are completely gluten free.


Laura Boston-Thek

American artist, photographer and professional wanderer who, after 20 years of roaming, put down roots in a 100 year old Bavarian farmhouse and fell in love with the Alpine village and its residents (both 2-legged and 4-legged).