Flaky Pancakes or 'Msemen'
Comments: Moroccans usually serve these sprinkled with warm honey, along with mint green tea, even though some prefer them plain, even salty.
The secret to these pancakes is to work the dough well, thanks to the food processor for that, and the processus of folding the dough.
IngredientsPreparation
  • 8 4/5 ounces [250 g] extra-fine semolina
  • 8 4/5 ounces [250 g] cake and pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon [5 mL] salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] yeast
  • Lukewarm water
  • 100 g [1/2 cup - 1 tablespoon or 3 1/2 ounces] butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup - 2 teaspoons [50 mL] oil
  • Approximately 1 3/4 ounces [50 g] more extra-fine semolina, to sprinkle
  • Mix together 8 4/5 ounces [250 g] extra-fine semolina, cake and pastry flour and salt mixing in yeast, already diluted into a little lukewarm water.
  • Slowly mix in enough lukewarm water to get a smooth dough.
  • Knead dough until supple and elastic, for just a little more than 10 minutes if using a food processor.
  • Shape dough into balls of the size of a lemon oiling the balls with already mixed together melted butter and oil.
  • Onto an oiled working surface, flatten one dough ball with your fingers, already coated some of remaining melted butter and oil mixture, until almost transparent.
  • Sprinkle top of dough with a little extra-fine semolina then both sides towards the center.
  • Brush with a fine coat melted butter and oil mixture, sprinkle with a little semolina then shape dough into square.
  • Onto an oiled working surface, flatten another dough ball with your fingers, already coated some of remaining melted butter and oil mixture, until almost transparent.
  • Sprinkle top of dough with a little extra-fine semolina then both sides towards the center.
  • Brush with a fine coat melted butter and oil mixture and sprinkle with a little semolina before laying first dough square in the center.
  • Fold into a square.
  • You therefore need to 2 dough balls for each pancake or 'msemen'.
  • Repeat proceedings using all remaining dough balls.
  • Heat frypan before flattening in pancakes with your hands.
  • Fry on both sides before serving, hot or lukewarm.