">Moroccan Thousand Hole Pancakes (Baghrir) | Brunch Recipe Moroccan Thousand Hole Pancakes (Baghrir) | Brunch Recipe Print

Thousand Hole Pancakes, also known as Baghrir, are a Moroccan delight that’s as intriguing as they are delicious. Light, fluffy, spongy and riddled with tiny little holes, Moroccan Baghrir make for a splendid alternative to pancakes, somewhere between a crepe and a crumpet. Made with semolina, these pancakes soak up honey or syrup like a dream, creating a harmonious blend of sweet and slightly tangy flavors.




110g Fine Semolina,

40g Plain Flour,

1 tsp. Golden Caster Sugar,

5g Instant Yeast,

1 tsp. Baking Powder

350ml Water, lukewarm 

½ tsp Salt


Jam, of your choice, we suggest fig 


Feta, crumbled in chunks

Salted Butter,

Black Olives



  1. In a blender, add the semolina, plain flour, sugar, yeast and baking powder and blitz quickly to mix together. Add the water into the blender and blitz until entirely mixed together and smooth. 
  2. Add the salt to the batter and blitz on full speed until very smooth and creamy. You are looking for a thin batter, of a similar consistency to double cream. 
  3. Transfer the batter into a bowl and cover with cling-film. Leave the batter to rest for 10-15 minutes until the batter is light and frothy on the surface and the cling-film has domed. 


  1. Place a small frying pan over a medium heat. 
  2. Stir the batter and then add a ladle of the batter into the hot pan, allowing it to spread out. Do not swirl the pan as you might when making a crepe – you want the batte to spread out evenly into a circle on its own. You can make the pancakes as large as you want – we aim for 10-12cm in diameter and this will yield about 10 baghrir.  
  3. As the baghrir cooks, tiny holes should start to appear on the surface of the pancakes. Cook for about 2 minutes until the surface no longer appears wet. These pancakes are cooked on one side only and do not need to be flipped.
  4. Once cooked, transfer the Baghrir to a clean kitchen towel – this will prevent them from sticking. 

TIP – Do not stack the baghrir when warm as they will stick together.

  1. Repeat until all the batter is used up. 
  2. Serve your Moroccan Thousand Hole Pancakes with a selection of jams, honey, butter, feta or crumbly goats cheese and black olives. 



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