Baghirs, thousand hole pancakes

Baghirs, thousand hole pancakes

I love pancakes all year round and in all their forms, whether it’s Sunday morning for a family breakfast, for a gourmet snack or as a meal that appeals to everyone.

I always take advantage of the candlelight to test other pancakes, which will then come back to our table over the months. This year, I wanted to go elsewhere. It had been a long time since I had made baghirs. These pancakes from North Africa are also known as thousand hole pancakes. Indeed, during cooking, a thousand holes are formed on the surface. And afterwards, the honey comes to put itself in these holes… a treat!

The other particularity of these pancakes is to be composed of fine semolina. Their realization is very simple. As with all pancakes, you just have to make the dough 1 hour in advance. For cooking, you can use a regular frying pan. The dough will spread slightly. Me, I use my pancake plate. So, I prepare 4 at a time and they do not spread. I had won this device a few years ago in a school lottery. At first, I didn’t even plan to keep it. And then, under pressure from my little family, we tested it and adopted it. I couldn’t live without it. Just place the plate on the table, and everyone makes their crepe and eats it hot. It’s really super practical for all kinds of pancakes. For breakfast or brunch, it’s ideal.

The baghirs are thus perfect.

You can serve them with liquid honey. I like to add a bit of orange blossom to it, to give it a unique scent. It is also very good with apricot jam. Again, I also add a little orange blossom. When we love…

Baghirs, thousand hole pancakes:

450g water

1 slightly heaped tsp baker’s yeast

200 g fine semolina

90g flour

1 slightly heaped tsp baking powder

20g vanilla sugar

3 tbsp of honey

1 tsp orange blossom

Warm the water very slightly with the baker’s yeast.

Add the fine semolina, flour, baking powder and sugar. Whisk well. It is also possible to make this preparation with the Thermomix or another robot of this type. Heat the water and the yeast to 37°C, then mix with the other ingredients.

Leave to stand in the closed container for 1 hour.

Baghirs, thousand hole pancakes, honey and orange blossom

Heat the frying pan or pancake plate. Grease and pour a small ladle of batter.
Cook on one side only, for about 2 minutes. It’s ready when the surface is set with lots of little holes.

Mix honey and orange blossom.

Serve the baghirs hot with a drizzle of honey.
They can be reheated by putting them in the microwave for a few seconds.

Baghirs, thousand hole pancakes

To finish: it is fine semolina that should be used. It’s written like this on the package. It is not the same as semolina for couscous.

If you like orange blossom a lot, don’t hesitate to add a little more. On the contrary, if you don’t like it, skip it.

You can find some of the recipes from the blog in this Candlemas selection (here)

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