May’s Pancakes


This is a very special recipe. It belongs to my friend Ali’s late mom. She had quite a reputation with these pancakes and used to sell them at the markets in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on weekends. I have only ever used this recipe. It is honestly fool proof! It also has no sugar in it which means you can use them in savoury dishes as well. I have made these MANY times. They are great served with Nutella and Strawberries or Caramel, Banana and ice cream or cinnamon, sugar and lime juice…. or as mentioned before, savoury mince or any other savoury sauce. This recipe is a mix and go too! You don’t have to let  it stand for half an hour which is just one of the things I love about it! Thanks for letting me share this one Ali! 🙂

In a large bowl, mix together the following ingredients.  You can literally just put them in the bowl as is (the beauty of this recipe!)

2 Cups Cake Flour

2.5 Cups water

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp white vinegar

1/2 Cup oil

25mls extra water

– Put all the ingredients into a bowl and then with a hand mixer on high speed beat everything together for about 2 – 3 minutes.

– Rub a pancake pan with a touch of oil so that it gets absorbed into the pan. Then heat the pan on medium  / high heat and add the batter onto the pan so that it coats the pan thinly, cook for a minute or two and then flip and cook the other side until done. You won’t need to add oil to the pan as there is enough oil in the batter.

– Transfer onto a warm plate, covered with a lid to keep the pancakes soft and warm.

Recipe by Mavis Ross


2 thoughts on “May’s Pancakes

  1. I am definitely trying these. I need fool proofing! I made pancakes on the weekend and ended up with a plate full of anaemic rubbery pancakes. Not what I was craving!

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