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South African Pannekoek (Cinnamon Sugar Crepes)

These pannekoeke (or South African pancakes) are our go-to treat for a rainy or chilly morning or afternoon, when we decide collectively to (ahem) “cluck it”, ditch our work, and snuggle in for a movie.


Though directly translated to mean “pancake”, they aren’t like our American counterpart and much more like very simple crepes. ¬†Biting through a hot pannekoek filled with crunchy cinnamon sugar and a hint of dripping butter will melt your worries away. ¬†Seriously.

Pannekoek 2

This is Fritz’s mom’s recipe. ¬†One year for Christmas, I gave Fritz a binder with some simple recipes that I thought he could make himself (this is before we lived together) written out for him on index cards. ¬†When his parents moved to Arizona, his mom added a few South African recipes that she knew he’d miss. ¬†And I will say, despite the fact that Fritz does NOT enjoy cooking, he has made these successfully a number of times (though he does usually end up banging a pan in frustration once or twice).

I mean, really.

Isn’t her handwriting ridiculously beautiful? ¬†Tharrie also designed the tattoo on my back.

Pannekoek bite

South African Pannekoek¬†(single batch makes five–we typically double (for the two of us) or triple)

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 t baking power
  • 1/2 t salt
  • softened butter, cinnamon, and sugar for topping

Combine the dry ingredients, then quickly mix in the wet.  I typically add a bit more (usually around 1/2 C) milk or water to get a thin crepe batter consistency (you want to coat the back of a spoon, and the batter should be able to easily spread over a hot pan).

Spray a thin layer of oil on a flat circular pan (we use a crepe pan for easy cooking) that is heated over medium heat.  Dollop a ladleful of batter over the pan, and quickly rotate/swirl the pan to spread the batter evenly over the surface.  Cook for a minute or two until bubbles form, then flip and cook for another minute or two.  The pannekoek should be a nice, light golden brown.

Quickly spread a thin layer of butter over the top, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar (I keep a mix in the cabinet to make this even easier), and roll up.  These are best eaten right after rolling, so either make them to order, or keep all the pannekoeke in a warm oven until you are ready to roll them.

Pannekoek 3

Warning: the warm cinnamon-y butter may drip out of the end while you are eating them (for the more decadently buttered pannekoeke–Fritz!–so be careful!).



Pannekoek 4

Now that it’s getting chillier, I’ve been finding Henry casually lounging around our radiators, trying to act cool about draping various body parts INTO the heater.

So not cool.

So not cool.

Straight up gangsta’, that one.



Also, we are finally upgrading one of our cars. ¬†Our Hyundai (the purchase of which is actually documented here) has slowly been falling apart. ¬†Luckily, we were able to end its drawn-out death with the purchase of a (feels so fancy!) RAV4 from Fritz’s parents. ¬†We decided to donate the Hyundai, and hope that someone willing to put in all the work it needs will buy it and help out the charity we donate it to (haven’t picked yet).

Our 2003 Pontiac is still chuggin’ along. ¬†We’re hoping to drag that one out until the end of Fritz’s residency (another year and eight months)‚Ķand then I’m planning on letting Fritz splurge and buy a (used) BMW/Audi or something as a graduation present (don’t worry, he doesn’t read here!). ¬†For someone who loves cars the way he does, I know it’s basically torture to make him drive my beloved old rusted Pontiac.

I’m just pumped to be able to easily fit in and take out the giant standers/gait trainers/physioball/chairs/walkers that are an essential part of my job. ¬†Oh, and to have working heat again. ¬†And not to fill my tire with air every other day (we didn’t want to bother patching the tire when we knew we were donating the car really soon) and smell/hear the exhaust leaking from the hose. ¬†Woo!


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