Recipe: Moroccan Honey Buttered Semolina “Crater” Pancakes | Beghrir

Oh, goodness. Where do I even begin? Do you see that honey dripping off the edge of the crater cakes? Each drop is perfumed with the haunting aroma of orange blossom water and butter.

Hello. I mean, really.

I’m pretty sure I can just pack up and go home now. My job is done. Talk about good-glorious-eats!

But, for those few who aren’t yet sure if this Moroccan treat – officially called Beghrir – is right for their breakfast table, let me continue.

These semolina pancakes aren’t really pancakes. They are fried on one side only. The other side is utterly soft and yeasty, and pocked with thousands of holes. The bottom is crispy, while the top is light and airy. They’re like a crumpet’s long lost cousin.

The holes are perfect for catching pools of orange blossom honey sauce, by the way. While some like them almost as thin as crepes and as large as a dinner plate, you can also make them smaller and a bit on the thicker side, as I did. The choice is yours.

For those of you who are lucky if they can see in the morning, let alone measure out ingredients, feel free to mix this batter up the night before and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, all you’ll have to do is roll out of bed and start frying.

Makes 3 cups batter (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup semolina
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup water, to thin or more as needed

vegetable oil, for cooking

For the sauce:

1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp orange blossom water

Method:

This is a dump-and-go recipe, meaning all you have to do is dump everything together and whisk.

There are two ways to do this. (And no matter how you do it, do it in an orange Moroccan sky.

Lighthouse of Rabat, Morocco, photo by Rosino. Merzouga, Photo by Nomadz

 

Make the beghrir in a bowl:

First, with a bowl. Dump everything together, whisk, cover and let sit at room temperature 1-2 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Easy peasy, although you might struggle to get the lumps out.

To make the beghrir in a blender.

Add wet ingredients first, then dry. Blend until combined, scraping as needed. Cover and let sit for 1-2 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Just look at this bubbly double batch (risen in a warm kitchen for 2 hours)! Crazy town…

Special notes:

You need to add enough water that the batter is pourable, but not as runny as a crepe.

Either way you make this, the flavor is wonderful, like freshly risen bread dough.

To cook:

If you refrigerated your batter overnight, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. Meanwhile, wash your face and comb your hair. When ready, lade the batter into a hot, oiled nonstick pan. It should form a nice circle without the need for swirling.

Play around with the heat to make it cook perfectly (mine was set to medium/medium-high). The pancake is done with the top side is dried out and the bottom is…

… golden brown and just a bit crispy.

If it burns before the top dries out, lower the heat. If holes don’t form, raise the heat.

Talk about addicting!

As you cook the pancakes set some butter, honey and orange blossom water to melt together on the stove.

When you’re done cooking,

Stack them up,

And drizzle with the crazy, happy honey mixture.

Oh, glistening goodness.

This is what life is all about.

 

Happy breakfast to you and yours, from my Moroccon Global Table to you!

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Comments

  1. Oh yummy!! Where in Tulsa did you get the orange blossom water?

  2. Thanks Sasha! Excited to try these!

  3. As a Moroccan American these are a staple in our household. They are called beghreer in Moroccan.. I can provide my grandmother’s recipe for anyone interested since it doesn’t seem like you were given a great one :( They are worth a try though :)

    • Sasha Martin says:

      They were so good! I’m surprised to hear this. What does your grandmother do differently? Feel free to copy her recipe into the comments…

    • Katie Luna says:

      I would love to have your grandmothers recipe.. That would be awesome.. My boyfriend is from Morocco, and I want to learn to cook some of the dishes before he visits me.. And those look really good ;-)

  4. Ah, you forgot one option in your quizz: my son makes the pancakes! He started making them when he was 14. As a teenager football player, he was always hungry and soon found out that fruit and yogurt were great, but din’t fill him up quite enough! ;) And now that he’s 18, he makes them on late Sunday mornings, when his girlfriend comes to our house for brunch :)

  5. Couldn’t find Orange blossom water so just mixed a very little bit of OJ with the honey, came out very good. Subtle but enough there to recognize it as orange,

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Great idea for a fix. You might be able to find some on Amazon.com if you ever want to try again. Or at the nearest Indian market.

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