Published Sep 15, 2017
Updated Nov 26, 2022
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Behold the best pancakes you will ever make! You are welcome! These are Cameroonian pancakes just how I like them – soft, fluffy, sweet and so yum!
If we were in a world were pancakes were vegetables, I would be so happy. That’s because I would eat them every single day.
I love pancakes in every shape and form: American pancakes, waffles, Cameroonian pancakes, pancakes made at home, pancakes bought from the store, pancakes at the restaurant, “scrambled” pancakes, everything pancakes!
But can we just agree that there is nothing like a good homemade pancake? It is epic, filled with flavor and so good. To take the experience further drizzle some chocolate spread on top and you will be over the moon.
The basic ingredients include flour, water, sugar and eggs. In the yesteryears when women were girls, I have made “pancakes” just flour, water and sugar. And they still turned out great. True story.
This is the way I grew up making pancakes in my homecountry, Cameroon. They are very similar to Nigerian pancakes, Ghanaian pancakes, Kenyan pancakes and even South African pancakes. So we could call these African pancakes too though the recipes may slightly differ by country.
They look like crepes but they are thicker than crepes and they are different from American pancakes. Only 8 ingredients and 3 easy steps are needed to make these babies.
Apart from drizzling chocolate over my pancakes, sometimes I would add coconut to the pancakes to make coconut pancakes. At other times, I would make a chocolate crepe cake out of them. Simply divine!
Watch how easy they come together in this video! Easy pancakey!
How to make Cameroonian pancakes:
- 2 cups flour (250 grams or 1/4 kg)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup liquid milk (240 ml) see note 1
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract substitute with half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons oil
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
- Add in the water, milk, vanilla extract and 2 and a half tablespoons of the oil. Then mix together to form a batter.
- Beat the eggs then add to the batter and mix to incorporate.
- Heat a frying pan on medium heat. Add in about 1 teaspoon of the remaining oil. Spread the oil around to coat the bottom of the pan. Let it heat up for about 2 minutes.
- Pour in about a quarter cup of the batter into the frying pan (you may need more or less of this depending on the size of your frying pan. You just need enough to coat the bottom.)
- Let the side down the pancake cook for about 2 minutes then use a spatula (or an eating spoon haha!) to flip it to the other side and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove and place on a tray.
- For the next pancake, place the batter on the hot frying pan without any added oil and let it cook the same way the first one cooked. (Note that no added oil is need here because the batter already contains oil. However, if your frying pan is not smooth on the inside then the batter might stick to the pan. In this case, skip adding oil to the batter and add about half a teaspoon of oil before cooking the subsequent pancakes.)
- Serve your Cameroonian pancakes warm - I love serving them with some chocolate drizzled over them and some fruits. So good!
If you make this recipe, please share a picture with me on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/preciouscore) or on Instagram (@preciouscore). I’ll love to see!
You know, this is timely. I’ve been looking for fun practical ways to present my daughter’s pancakes. She loves them a lot but I feel is such a bore being plain.I’d try this. I pack it for her lunch because she insists but I don’t like putting syrups or dripping chocolate because of the mess. Well, will try this while she eats it at home.
For her school lunch, to prevent the mess, you could try the pancakes stuffed with omelettes. I just fry egg normally then roll in the pancakes. I serve it sometimes to my kids and they love it. Glad this helps, dear.
These pancakes look tasty just as pretty as they look. weldone ma’am.
Anti pre, thanks for that recipe, I’m happy I’ll make my daughter and husband taste the new recipe that’s our breakfast for tomorrow morning, I’m just curious, can I serve this with hot tea?
You are welcome, dear. Yes, it goes very well with hot tea.
Tried it out and it was just great I omited the Vanilla essence and it still tasted good ,
Glad to know, Neola. Thanks for the feedback!
thanks hope to try out this recipe one of these ays
You are welcome, dear. Please let me know how it goes.
So I just tried the amazing pancake recipe and everyt is happy
This warms my heart. Thanks for the feedback.
Hey I’m twelve from Cameroon. I used this recipe and my parents were so impressed they want me to make it more. It taste amazing. I mixed the nutmeg and vanilla extract then poured it in. I put in 1 teaspoon Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. It’s a 10/10 very tasty.
Hi dear, your comment warmed my heart. So glad the recipe inspired you!
Thank you for this amazing recipe. Funny enough it was my 10 year old daughter that discovered your recipe and she uses it and the pancakes are the best I have ever tasted. 🥰🥰. Keep up the good work
Hi Senge, this make me so happy. Thanks for the feedback and love to your daughter.
P.S. I have a 10 year old daughter as well. ❤️