This is the best and fluffiest Nigerian pancake recipe ever. This recipe is simple, quick and mess-free, and the secret is Blender and my magic hands
Nigerian pancake, saving lives since 1900... I was surfing the internet a while ago and stumbled upon a food called ‘hot cake’ I quickly clicked on the recipe to learn more but alas, it was pancake in some other fancy name.
So next time you come across these words- hotcake, flapjacks, johnnycakes and griddle cakes, know that it means the same as the pancake you and I know.
In Nigeria, we love to put our spin and stamp on most of our borrowed foods, I know some people add chopped onions and other many other things to their pancakes but it is a NO NO for me. The best pancakes I have eaten are made with just cayenne pepper and nutmeg and I’m not sure I’m willing to try the onion version.
I sometimes do make sides for pancakes; In fact, my portion of these fluffy pancakes was eaten with fish stew. I know I’m bush like that but I tell you, it was yummy and 3 pieces were murdered before the end of the whole process.
This is my first time using a blender to make pancakes and I found it stress-free and fun too. You add all the ingredients to a blender and leave it to do its thing for a minute or two. Honestly, these pancakes tasted just like cake. It is airy and fluffy almost like a sponge cake.
If you are not a fan of American styled pancake (crepe), add more milk/water to your batter to make it lighter and flatter when pan-caking, also reduce the amount of baking powder used by half to help keep the pancake flat.
Chilli flakes (ata gbigbe/ata ijosin)
How to make Nigerian pancake
Add milk, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, flour and other ingredients to a blender and blitz. Pour the mixture in a bowl and set aside to stand for about 5 minutes
If you don’t have a blender, add the flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, baking powder and chilli flakes to a bowl and mix together. In another bowl, add eggs, milk and melted butter together and whisk till well combined. Add the dry and wet ingredients together and rest for 5 minutes.
I used 125g of evaporated milk and added another 125g of water to achieve the 250g milk needed for this recipe
To make the best pancakes, I’ll advise you to use oil instead of butter. Butter tends to burn quickly and that can affect the overall taste of the pancake.
Place a frying pan on medium-low heat, add about half a teaspoon of oil and swirl around the pan. Using a scoop, pour the pancake batter into the oil and fry for about a minute on each side. The pancake is ready to be flipped if it starts bubbling and the edges are easy to lift. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the batter. Serve your pancake with maple syrup, honey or fruits of choice.
Check out semolina-coconut pancake and plantain pancake before you go.xx
The Fluffiest Pancake ever!
- 300 g plain flour all purpose
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 250 ml milk sub with non dairy milk
- 3 tbsp butter melted and cooled
- Chilli flakes
- ½ tsp Nutmeg optional
- Add milk, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, flour and other ingredients to a blender and blitz. Pour the mixture in bowl and set aside to stand for about 5 minutes
- If you don’t have a blender, add the flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, baking powder and chilli flakes to a bowl and mix together. In another bowl, add eggs, milk and melted butter together and whisk till well combined
- To make the best pancakes, I’ll advise you to use oil instead of butter. Butter tends to burn quickly and that can affect the overall taste of the pancake.
- Place a frying pan on medium-low heat, add about half a teaspoon of oil and swirl around the pan alternatively, use oil spray. Using a scoop, pour the pancake batter into the pan and cook for about a minute on each side. The pancake is ready to be flipped if it starts bubbling and the edges are easy to lift. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the batter. Serve your pancake with maple syrup, honey, fruits or another topping of choice.
This recipe was originally published in August 2015 but now updated with new photos and recipe card.
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This is remarkable
thank you for your recipe ma
God bless you
this taste so good thanks
Thanks for the feedback, Mabel.
PRETTY LADY says
thank you for sharing your recipes with us i will try it this time around i have not tried it before i hope after trying your recipes i will have a better result
My pleasure, kindly let me know how it turns out. Thank you
Halima Olamide says
Please ma'am how many people will this serve?
Hello, the recipe should serve 2 to 3 adults if eaten on its own.
Very nice! I am not a fan of making pancakes as they used to burn always! This went perfect, and my Nigerian partner loved them! Thank you xx
Yass! so glad to hear that, happy you nailed it too. good job! x
Instead of chilli flakes can I use pepper
Yes, you can. Thanks
I just finished making pancakes using your recipe. It tastes great. Thanks for sharing
Thanks for the feedback, happy to hear it turned out great.
Hi, thank you so much. I tried your pancake recipe this morning. It was awesome! I've never really loved pancake but I had to learn for my husband who loves them. The taste and texture was so good I had to eat one.
Thank you Grace, I am happy you enjoyed it
My pancakes always taste a little bit bitter, I reduced the amount of baking powder I use but then it came out flat and the bitter taste is gone. Anything i can add to make it fluffier?Also I do not mix evaporated milk with water, I use it as it comes.
Kindly check as you could be adding baking soda instead of baking powder. the next time you make the pancake, leave the baking powder out and see how it turns out. the milk is fine too
Awwwww I love ur blog....I jes discovered today.thanks
awww bless thanks a lot and I hope you find your kitchen happiness here
@haywhy....I think it's dry pepper that's ground with a blender.... Dunno Sha... Juss thinking ooo.. Ajoke I'm I correct?
God bless you for this pancake recipe.
Amen and you too. thanks for stopping by
nice recipe,,, are u saying we should use oil instead of butter to fry???? then what is chilli flakes,,,, pls simplify it in our mother tongue,,,,,,
Haywhy, yes, use oil to fry instead of butter. chilli flakes is ata gbibge (crushed ata ijosi) I hope that helps and thanks for stopping by.