Moroccan Beghrir Pancakes
One of the many things I’ve wanted to bring back from a holiday in Marrakesh is their breakfasts. For us it consisted of strong coffee, a boiled egg, bread, fresh fig jam, honey and a delicious soft and tender pancake called a beghrir.
As they’re so different to our traditional pancakes, coming up with an authentic tasting beghrir recipe has resulted in a lot of trial and error. Some wouldn’t rise, some would taste too yeasty, or they’d stick to the pan. Finally though I’ve cracked it, so I give you one of the most delicious Moroccan pancakes you will ever eat. Perfect with a little melted butter and runny honey drizzled on top!
Serves 2 \ Makes 6
- 350ml hot tap water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 ½ tsp fast action dried yeast
- 4oz ground semolina flour
- 2oz plain or self raising flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- vegetable or sunflower oil for cooking
Pour the hot water into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and stir before sprinkling the yeast on top. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.
Check on the yeast, which should now be slightly frothy on top of the water. If it isn’t try and find a warmer place and leave it for a little longer.
Combine the semolina, flour, salt and baking powder and slowly whisk it into the yeasty water. Continue to whisk until all the lumps are gone.
Cover the bowl with a tea towel and return to the warm spot for a further 20-30 minutes.
Place a small non stick frying pan on a medium heat. Pour in a little oil and wipe away any excess with some kitchen roll. The batter should have risen and be much thicker. Give it a good stir and ladle in enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan to ensure an even spread.
Once all the bubbles on top of the beghrir have burst and the batter is cooked, it’s ready! You can either flip it over and cook on the other side for a minute, or serve.
Tip: I make them to order, but if you want to cook them all at once, keep them warm on a plate in the oven. It’s a good idea to oil the pan after every pancake to stop them from sticking.