• Yield: 12
  • Serving: 4
  • Prep time: 15 m
  • Cook time: 20 m
  • Ready in: 35 m
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Beghrir , also known as ‘thousand hole pancakes’, are a hybrid between a crumpet and an American pancake and are popular in Morocco as a breakfast on the run, or as a snack to break fasting during Ramadan. I love to eat these with fresh figs – their musky sweetness feels like a fitting match with the honey butter syrup – but raspberries or a few blueberries would be good too.


Step by Step Methods

  • Step No 1

    Place the flour, semolina, baking powder, yeast, caster sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to mix. With the motor running, slowly pour in the milk, followed by the water, and mix until you have a smooth, thin batter. Alternatively, mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl before pouring in the milk and water, whisking all the time until smooth. Leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  • Step No 2

    To make the syrup, place the honey, butter and orange blossom water, if using, in a small saucepan and set over a low heat to melt, mixing thoroughly until you have a smooth, buttery syrup. Keep warm.

  • Step No 3

    Once the batter has rested, heat a tiny drizzle of oil in a frying pan set over a medium-high heat. Once it’s really hot, scrunch up a piece of kitchen paper and spread the oil out in a very thin, even layer over the base of the pan. Add a ladleful of batter to the pan and swirl around to a flat circular pancake of about 12–14cm in diameter. Cook for a minute or so, until you see (literally) thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Once the top has lost its wet look, use a fish slice to flip over and cook the other side for just a few seconds to seal it. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter – you should get around 10–12 beghrir . If there are not enough bubbles it could mean that your pan isn’t hot enough , that the batter is too thick (add another tablespoon or so of warm water), or that it just hasn’t proved for long enough (leave for another 15 minutes next time).

  • Step No 4

    Serve with the figs alongside, if using, and the honey butter syrup in a jug for drizzling.

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