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Pancakes

Pancakes with fresh berries

As a child I loved the tender thin pancakes or crepes that were curled into tubes and wrapped around cardamom and cinnamon scented sweetened coconut. As a teenager I loved them with macerated fresh berries.

I learned to make pancakes from my father’s eldest sister Fatima, may ALLAH have mercy on them both and grant them the highest paradise. These are still one of my favorite Ramadhan treats, although my aunt’s recipe is long lost.

During my childhood I spent many an afternoon at Tietie’s house (that’s what we called her). She would ask me about my day and we would go into the kitchen and make stuff. Sometimes breakfast or a snack with tea while she listened to my chatter, or sometimes she would let me help her make things from scratch.

My favorite was pancakes. She was incredibly patient with me and always took her time to explain what she was doing and why she was doing it.

Pancakes

Pancakes with sweetened coconut

I have tried many pancake recipes in the past and they all left something to be desired. Some were too thick, some too chewy and others too tough. I finally found the perfect recipe in one of my mother’s Two in One Cookery collection publications from 1994.

These are soft thin pancakes that are lovely eaten hot or at room temperature, immediately or the next day and are suitable for breakfast, iftar or dessert. The pancakes may also be filled with berry compote or macerated fresh berries or caramel and sliced bananas.

Pancakes - Crepes

Pancakes with macerated berries

They are so easy to make you will be wondering how something so simple can taste so delicious. My best tip is to let the batter rest overnight if you can, a few hours will be adequate too. It gives a wonderfully tender end result and few or no accidental breakages.

Pancakes - Crepes

Coconut pancakes

Pancakes - Crepes

Pancakes selection

If you have missed some of the other easy sweet and savory snack recipes why not try the Flapjacks, Boeber or Daltjies.

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This was first published on 22/06/2015 has since and been updated.

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24 Comments

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    nammi
    May 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Yummm … my boys loves pancakes or even crepes this looks delicious love the filling.yumm

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      Razena Schroeder
      May 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      They are so versatile… breakfast or dessert or even a main meal with savoury filling.

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    Mandee Pogue
    June 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I have never tried to make crepes, but your stunning photos and easy recipe inspired me this morning! Thanks!

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

      That is great to hear. Please let me know what you think when you make it 🙂

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    Laura | Wandercooks
    June 15, 2016 at 5:54 am

    These pancakes look wonderful, I especially love the sound of the coconut filling and topping with berries. Delish! Thanks for the tip about letting the batter rest. Pancakes are normally a spontaneous decision on a Sunday morning for us haha, but these are definitely worth planning for and making the batter ahead of time.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you Laura 🙂 The coconut filling is a family favorite… heck not just my family but probably every Malay family in Cape Town. The batter is so easy to make it wont take you more than 10 minutes to get everything out, mix and put away for the night.

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    June 15, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Your pancakes or crepes are absolutely beautiful. They have the lightness that would be perfect as a breakfast or dessert. Crepes Suzette, anyone?? Thank you for sharing.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      You are too kind Marisa, thank you 🙂 Now you have me thinking of Crepe Suzette 🙁

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    June 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    These look like some perfect pancakes. We have pancakes every sunday and always try to have a different topping with them each time.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I find that I grow bored very easily having the same thing over and over again, so mixing it up is the best thing!

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    Jehan
    June 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Love these pancakes, perfect for teatime. I have to try these as mine usually are a bit thick.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      More often than not the batter does thicken the longer it rests, but then just add a tablespoon of water to thin it down. These ones are good though without adding any extra water 🙂

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    Tasneem
    June 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    These look really wonderful and light Razena. I ain’t a big pancake fan but I am so sure my son is going to love these for his breakfast and in his school tiffin box.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

      They are very light and melt in the mouth; very different to the ones I tasted in Paris many years ago… those were just too tough and chewy. Kids love these especially if its rolled up 🙂

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    Shailaja
    June 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

    These pancakes look delicious!!

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    Rafeeda@The Big Sweet Tooth
    June 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    These pancakes look so good! Nice and fluffy… resting the batter overnight sounds like a good idea…

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Rafeeda. The batter can be used after a minimum resting time of 30 minutes and still have perfectly good pancakes. I find though that an overnight resting makes it so much more tender and at the same time less likely to tear when flipping 🙂

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    Nammi
    June 14, 2016 at 7:55 am

    oh my that looks yummm, and those gorgeouse berries over here berries are pretty expensive.

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I think berries are expensive wherever its not a locally grown crop, including here. Sometimes though it is ok to treat oneself 🙂

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    Molly Kumar
    June 14, 2016 at 2:20 am

    This looks GORGEOUS Razena ! We make something similar but with a different flour base. I can so taste that coconut cardamom filling – yum!

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 14, 2016 at 10:36 am

      You are too kind Molly. As a child I only ate it with the coconut filling and refused anything else… Now I love it with berries for breakfast too 🙂

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    Shazia
    June 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Woow that’s awesome Razeena!??Wanna try it!

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      Razena Schroeder
      June 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      It is the most tender pancakes or crepes I’ve come across. I hope you like it too 🙂

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