When it rains in the Cape, it is time for pancakes. That is the tradition surrounded by the South African version of pancakes. Autumn is usually the start of pancake season:
Pancakes – known in South Africa as “Pannekoek” (Afrikaans), is a little bit different to the pancakes you’ll find in America for instance. The South African “Pannekoek” is not ‘cake-like’. It is thin and can be filled with almost any filling you can think of (savory or sweet).
This is a favorite in South Africa at all cake sales, markets and especially any fundraising event. Therefore this fool-proof recipe is a must-have.
The sugar and cinnamon mix is really up to you. You can take 6 desert spoons of sugar and mix it with 1 desert spoon of cinnamon to start with. Now taste and if you love more cinnamon, add some more. Keep this mix ready in a container, to sprinkle on top of each pancake as you finish them.
It is great fun trying to flip the pancakes in the air. Something the whole family can join in and have a bit of laugh. See our TikTok video below…
You only need a few pantry basics to make this delicious treat. Serve it as a starter, main or dessert. Serve it plain or with a fabulous topping or filling. There are many ways to zhoosh it up … and it’s fun making them.
Tips from Chef JC
If you want to add fillings to your pancakes – do not sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mix over it as you bake it.
Traditionally pancakes are baked with the first winter or fall rain and thereafter you have reason to eat them the whole winter, but in summer time it is turned into sweet treats with amazing fillings:
Sweet fillings for pancakes
Savory fillings for pancakes
Why not host a pancake evening for your family. It is fun (everyone can help flip the pancakes) and they will all love it. You can have different fillings available – depending on how much time you have to prepare.
Starters – Pancakes with a savory tuna filling
Mains – Pancakes filled with a winter chicken curry or beef mince.
Dessert – Pancakes filled with one of the above sweet fillings.
For more recipes from around the world (which we love), go to our World@Home page. This is a relatively new page, but we add to it regularly. Sharing with you all the recipes we love from our travels around the world.
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