Nigerian Pancakes: A Taste Of Home

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Nigerian pancakes, also known as “pancakes,” “beignets,” or “puff-puffs,” are a delightful and versatile breakfast treat. They’re light, fluffy, and have a slightly sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with various toppings. This recipe is incredibly easy to follow, requiring only a handful of pantry staples.


Perfect Nigerian Pancakes, TIPS, TRICKS and MYTHS  Flo Chinyere
Perfect Nigerian Pancakes, TIPS, TRICKS and MYTHS Flo Chinyere

2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes foamy and bubbly. This activates the yeast and ensures your pancakes will rise beautifully.

    2. Combine dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

    3. Make the batter: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. You may need to use a whisk or a rubber spatula to remove any lumps. The batter should be slightly thick and smooth.

    4. Let the batter rest: Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the batter rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. It should double in size during this time.

    5. Heat the oil: Pour vegetable oil into a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Aim for a depth of about 1/2 inch of oil.

    6. Fry the pancakes: Once the oil is hot, use a spoon or a cookie scoop to drop heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan; fry the pancakes in batches to avoid lowering the oil temperature.

    7. Cook until golden brown: Fry the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

    8. Drain and serve: Remove the pancakes from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve immediately while warm.

    Nutrition Facts (per pancake):

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

  • Please note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    Nigerian pancakes are a fantastic way to start your day. They’re simple to make, budget-friendly, and incredibly satisfying. Enjoy them plain, dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with honey or maple syrup, or get creative with various toppings like fresh fruit, whipped cream, or even savory options like cheese and chopped herbs.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use a different type of flour?

    Yes! While all-purpose flour is the traditional choice, you can substitute whole wheat flour for a more nutritious option. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid slightly depending on the absorbency of your chosen flour.

    2. My batter isn’t rising. What went wrong?

    There could be a couple of reasons. Make sure the milk you used was warm enough (around 105°F to 115°F) to activate the yeast. Additionally, double-check that the yeast is not expired.

    3. How can I reheat leftover pancakes?

    Leftover pancakes can be reheated in a toaster oven or preheated oven at 350°F for a few minutes until warmed through.

    4. Can I make the batter ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! The batter can be refrigerated for up to overnight. Allow it to come to room temperature before frying.

    5. What are some other topping ideas?

    The possibilities are endless! Here are a few more ideas to inspire you: melted chocolate, chopped nuts, fresh berries, cinnamon sugar, Nutella, or even a dollop of Greek yogurt.