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Recipe: South African pancakes (or pannekoek)

By February 27, 2017July 25th, 2020Newsletter

Recipe: South African pancakes (or pannekoek)

February 27, 2017


Are you a South African expat? Do you still remember the smell of pancakes at the church bazaar, carousel or school event? Can you remember the flipping of pans and taste of freshly made pancakes with delicious cinnamon sugar? If you do remember this fondly, or if this sounds like something you would like to try then this easy to make pancake (or pannekoek in Afrikaans) recipe is just for you.


Although you will find pancakes in many other countries, it is still considered a favorite among many South Africans at home and abroad.


10 easy steps to make pancakes

Pancakes are one of the easiest recipes to follow, so easy that many South Africans have memories of making this in their childhood years. With supervision from mom, dad or a grandparent, many children will be able to become pancake making super-stars.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • ½- 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • ¼- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup oil (optional)


  1. Sift together flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt and set aside.
  2. Using a large bowl; beat eggs and milk together with a mixer or by hand.
  3. Mix in the flour mixture until everything has been well incorporated.
  4. Finally stir in the melted butter.
  5. Let the batter rest for about an hour or more in refrigerator. (Optional – some people skip this step)
  6. Heat a skillet or a nonstick frying pan then lightly coat the hot pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray, or clarified butter.
  7. Then pour about a ½ cup of batter depending on the size of your pan or skillet.
  8. Tilt pan so the batter spreads across the bottom of the pan.
  9. Cook the pancake for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown.
  10. Lift with a spatula, turn and cook the other side.

Serving instructions:

  1. Serve hot and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, powder sugar or syrup.
  2. Watch the smile on the people’s faces.


Easy enough is it not? Let us know if you’ve enjoyed this recipe and be sure share your pancake cooking experience with us. If you have a recipe you would like to share with us and fellow South Africans at home and abroad, send us an email and we might feature it on our blog, or check out some of our other delicious recipes you might want to try.

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