How To Serve Quick Pancake Recipe South Africa Simple

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Pancakes are a breakfast staple around the world, and South Africa is no exception. Here, we take a classic recipe and add a unique twist using readily available ingredients. This recipe is perfect for busy mornings, weekend brunches, or a satisfying after-school snack.


Traditional South African Pancakes Recipe (Pannekoek)
Traditional South African Pancakes Recipe (Pannekoek)

2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons (25g) white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) buttermilk (or milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice added)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Instructions:

    1. Whisk the Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2. Combine the Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk (or milk with lemon juice), eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
    3. Wet Meets Dry: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk gently until just combined. Don’t overmix! A few lumps are okay.
    4. Heat Up the Pan: Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
    5. Pour and Cook: Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and bubbles appear on the surface.
    6. Flip and Finish: Flip the pancakes carefully and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until cooked through.
    7. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your delicious South African pancakes immediately with your favorite toppings.

    Nutrition Facts (per pancake)

    Calories: 220

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients listed. Actual values may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.


    These South African-style pancakes are a delightful twist on a classic breakfast dish. They’re quick and easy to make, perfect for satisfying cravings any time of day. Feel free to experiment with different toppings – fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of maple syrup are all delicious options.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk?

    Yes, you can! Simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 1/2 cups of milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before using. This will slightly curdle the milk, mimicking the consistency of buttermilk.

    2. What if I don’t have vanilla extract?

    No problem! You can omit the vanilla extract altogether or substitute it with 1 teaspoon of almond extract or rum extract.

    3. My pancakes are sticking to the pan. What can I do?

    Make sure your pan is preheated and lightly oiled before adding the batter. Additionally, ensure your heat is set to medium – too high heat can cause the pancakes to stick.

    4. Can I make these pancakes ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! Once cooked, keep the pancakes warm in a preheated oven (200°F/93°C) for up to 30 minutes. You can also reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.

    5. What are some traditional South African toppings for pancakes?