Desserts, Ghana

Ghanaian pancake recipe

With Ghanaian pancake, there is always a hint of nutmeg.

With Ghanaian pancake, there is always a hint of nutmeg.

Writing this reminds me of that nestle advert in which a grandmother and granddaughter were competing over pancakes or something. What I loved about the advert was when the grandmother said twea nutmeg kakra gumu (put in a little nutmeg). These Ghanaian oldies and nutmeg.

With Ghanaian pancake, there is always a hint of nutmeg.

About seventeen years ago, my friend Maame Asabea (may her soul rest in peace) made pancakes to surprise her mother on her birthday. We made it nice and golden and forgot to add nutmeg. When we presented it to her, she was obviously not pleased saying where is the nutmeg in the pancake?

On the side: Realising Britain and Ghana has similar pancakes
I don’t know if Ghanaians took pancake making from the British or the British possibly took it from Gold Coast during trade and later colonization.

I would go with the latter.

So here you are; recipe for Ghanaian pancake

Ghanaian pancakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
With Ghanaian pancake, there is always a hint of nutmeg.
Servings: 10 - 12 pan cakes
Author: Marianjules| BiscuitsandLadles
  • 1 cup/ 120g pastry flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 can/ 325ml evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon margarine or butter melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • sugar icing for serving (optional)
  1. Whisk flour, sugar, and nutmeg together set aside. Whisk milk, egg, vanilla, margarine and water together. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix together. If batter is too thick add additional tablespoon of water.

  2. Heat a pan over medium heat till a drop of water sizzles on contact. Put a tiny bit of margarine or butter in a pan, wipe it off with a tissue.

  3. Pour two tablespoons full of batter into pan. Take the pan and swirl the batter around it. Using a spatula, turn the pancake to cook on the other side. Do same for the remaining batter. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Recipe Notes

For a thinner pancake, increase water to 1/4 cup

For more Ghanaian recipes, head over here. In the meantime, I have compiled an encyclopedia list of Ghanaian foods which you can read for leisure here.

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