Boûkète

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Boûkète
Alternative names Bouquette
Type Pancake
Place of origin  Belgium
Region or state Liège
Serving temperature Hot or cold
Main ingredients Buckwheat flour, raisins, lard

A boûkète (Walloon; also spelled bouquette in French) is a type of Belgian pancake made with buckwheat flour, pan-fried in lard and frequently embellished with raisins. Boûkètes may be eaten hot or cold, garnished with a local brown sugar known as cassonade or with sirop de Liège.

The name derives from the Dutch-language word boekweit ("buckwheat") and is attested with that meaning in the early 17th century, before being used to refer to the pancake itself: a usage first recorded in 1743.

Bo(u)quettes were first introduced to the city of Liège in the 18th century, imported by the court of the Prince-Bishops from the County of Loon and the district around Tongeren in Flanders. By the end of the 19th century the pancakes had become a Liège speciality.

Boûkètes are traditionally eaten accompanied by mulled wine during the Christmas season, and are also honoured at the festival of the "Free Republic of Outre-Meuse" held in Liège on 15 August each year.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Maurice Piron, « À propose de l'introduction de la boukète à Liège », in revue La Vie Wallonne, n° 21, 1947
  • Roger Pinon, « La boûkète liégeoise et les crêpes à la farine de sarrasin en Wallonie », in La Vie Wallonne, n° 52, 1978