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Beghrir Choco | Algerian Honeycomb Pancakes Chocolate Version

Very light, fluffy, slightly exotic North African - Algerian pancakes ... in a chocolatey version. Yum! 

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I've been reminiscing a lot these days. Remembering cherished times I had with my beloved mom and also other members of my family. Such sweet mements. I have vivid memories of my mother and grandmother spoiling us Saturday afternoons by making piles and piles of her Hungarian crêpes, palacsinta.

In align with the same tradition, I have love to now spoil my beloved children with a stack of palacsinta or our Algerian favorite beghrir, mugs of hot tea and plateful of dates. Today I'm revisiting Beghrir, the North African Berber pancake with 1000 holes. They are popular for breakfast as well as served with tea in the afternoon. Beghrir have made since the time of the kindgoms of Numedia. These little pancakes have traveled east towards Syria, Lebanon, and Turkish where the people have adapted this humble pancake by stuffing it with nuts or cream. Today, I'm sharing an adaptation of own, which I came up for my chocolate-loving children.
The main ingredient for Beghrir are semolina, flour, water, yeast. Beghrir is usually eaten with a maz'har (orange blossom water) infused honey.What makes this version different is that I've added cocoa powder and sweetened naturally with dates. Everyone loves chocolate. And while chocolate might feel sinful, unsweetened cocoa powder can give you your chocolate fix without the guilt. Adding unsweetened cocoa power to your food boosts your fiber intake. A 2-tablespoon serving contains 3.6 grams of fiber -- approximately 14 percent of the recommended daily intake for women or 9 percent for men, according to the Institute of Medicine US. In addition to helping you feel full after a meal, fiber fights constipation to keep you regular. It also supports good cardiovascular health, helping to reduce high cholesterol, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Cacao is also a good source of phytonutrients and copper. Cacao flavonoids have proven to help regulate blood pressure, prevent oxidative damage to blood vessel walls, reduce cardiovascular inflammation and inhibit platelet aggregation and reduce insulin resistance in individuals with Type 2 diabetes.
And if you'd like to know more about the benefits of dates please check out this link.To view step by step photos of how to prepare Beghrir CLICK HERE

Start a tradition and share these chocolatey delights with  your kids  today!
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One year ago: Makrout Lâassel
Two years agoM'halbi 
Beghrir choco }

 EGG-FREE, NUT-FREE, low fat

algerian honeycomb pancakes - chocolate version 

YIELD: 12 pancakes

 MIXING BOWL, blender SPATULA, frying pan or flat tadjine


  • 300g -250g -1 cup fine or ultra fine semolina
  • 120g - ½ all purpose flour
  •  ½ TBS instant yeast
  • 1 package (10g - 2tsp) baking powder
  • pinch of baking soda
  • generous 1 tsp vanilla
  • 250mL -1 cup milk
  • 250mL -1 cup warm water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 50g - 3 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder

Raw date syrup recipe -- Click here or optionally serve with honey and melted butter.

PREPARE the date syrup according to the recipe HERE Allow for the syrup to cool.

ADD the liquids into a blender, then all the dry ingredients. Optionally use a stick blender. For step-by-step visuals see this post.

BLEND for a few minutes until the batter is homogenous. Set the batter aside for about 15 minutes to proof. After the 15 minutes, you should see little bubbles forming from the help of the yeast. This is when you know the batter is ready to use. If there are no bubbles, then your yeast may be old.

TURN on your fire and place your pan on the fire.

LADLE in the batter into the cold ungreased pan. I use a small ladle that is about 1/4 cup.After a few seconds you will see the holes appear. And is cook in under a minute. Now remove from the pan and place on a clean kitchen towel or parchment. Do not stack them - they will stick!

REPEAT until you have used all the batter. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack before serving.

Serve with the prepared date syrup, your favorite chocolate sauce, honey + melted butter or even Nutella.

These cookies will keep in a covered container for a few days (but best eaten the same day) They can be frozen up to one month. To consume, simply thaw out on the countertop and eat at room temperature.

You can easily use coconut, almond or another non-dairy milk in this recipe. Or just use water.

Gluten Free

 CATEGORIES:  BREAKFAST, algerian, afternoon tea, ramadan

SOURCE:  heni el g 

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    These pancakes are delicious with a cup of warmed milk or warmed glass of this date milk or even a glass of North African mint tea. Or just by themselves dipped in your favorite chocolate sauce, honey, jam, Nutella or my natural date syrup.  Hey why not! 


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