Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? M'semmen (Moroccan pancakes) are a breakfast staple in Morocco. They’re more bread-like than Scotch pancakes, but equally as fluffy and crispy when served straight from the pan. This dough needs time to settle in between tasks with this recipe, so they’ll take a little longer to serve up than the pancakes you’re used to eating, but, as always, good things come to those who wait!
Eat m'semmen plain or follow or suggestion and serve with honey, butter or jam. You can even serve them with cheese, if that’s your thing. Enjoy!
What you’ll need (Serves 4):
350g plain flour
½ tbsp salt
½ tbsp baking powder
½ tbsp sugar
4 tbsp semolina
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg
225ml warm water
What you’ll need to do:
1. Pour the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Crack in the egg and begin mixing the ingredients. Add warm water little by little until a soft dough is formed. If you add too much water simply add a little more flour to balance it out.
2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured kitchen worktop. Use the palms of your hands to knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
3. Brush the dough with vegetable oil and divide it up into small balls about the size of golf balls. Place the dough balls onto a tray and cover with cling film for 15-20 minutes.
4. Add a little vegetable oil to your kitchen worktop. Take a dough ball and flatten it out with the palms of your hands. Stretch the dough so that it forms an almost transparent disc.
5. Sprinkle semolina over the disc and fold the top of disc down towards the centre. Fold the bottom edge up over to make a rectangle, crepe-like shape. Sprinkle on a little more semolina and fold in the outside edges it to make a square of about 4-inches wide. Repeat this process with each ball of dough.
6. Place the dough back onto the tray and cover for 15-20 minutes.
7. Add a little more vegetable oil to your kitchen worktop. Flatten out each dough square with your hand so that it’s about 6-inches wide.
8. Put a griddle pan over high heat and drizzle in a little olive oil. Reduce to a medium heat and cook the m'semmen on each side until golden brown. Serve immediately with honey, butter or jam and a cup of your favourite tea.
Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? M'semmen (Moroccan pancakes) are a breakfast staple in Morocco. They’re more bread-like than Scotch pancakes, but equally as fluffy and crispy when served straight from the pan.