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Cinnamon Sugar Pancake

This cinnamon sugar pancake is a well known South African tradition & luckily you need not be a local to love it just as much as they do!

Who doesn’t love a good cinnamon and sugar pancake? Certainly not us! Pancakes have been loved for thousands of years all over the world and in many different forms, but the cinnamon sugar topping makes it a South African staple. 

Cinnamon sugar is such an appropriate pairing, both flavours complement each other perfectly. It is also so easy to make! Combine half a cup of sugar with 10 ml or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and you have got yourself some tasty cinnamon flavoured sugar! As for the pancakes themselves, only the simplest ingredients and steps are required, making this a lovely treat that requires minimal effort and fuss. Take a visit to your pantry and fridge and you have probably got everything you need to achieve this cinnamon sugar pancake goodness. As for the steps, just throw all of the ingredients together and you have got your pancake batter that is ready for the pan. 

Cinnamon also has great health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants, which helps protect your body from cell damage and free radicals. It has even been found to have more antioxidant activity than superfoods such as garlic and oregano. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties that help your body fight infections and help prevent tissue damage.  

These classic pancakes are an absolute must to try as a South African! As an added topping, drizzle some golden or maple syrup over the pancakes before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar for added sweetness and richness!  

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake

Melissa Jacobs
This cinnamon sugar pancake is a well known South African tradition & luckily you need not be a local to love it just as much as they do!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Global
Servings 6


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 lt water
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 ml salt
  • 6 ml baking powder
  • 100 ml cooking oil


  • 10 ml ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar


  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • To get the right thickness, heat a pan over moderate heat
  • Wipe the pan with oiled kitchen paper
  • Repeat this between every pancake to prevent the pancake from sticking
  • Ladle a small amount of mixture in your pan, tilting and moving your pan around to get an even layer
  • Pour excess batter into a jug
  • Return your pan to the heat
  • Cook for about 30 seconds until the pancake forms bubbles in the middle
  • Flip it over
  • Cook until it is loose in the pan
  • Transfer to a plate
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon sugar over the pancake
  • Keep it warm
  • Repeat with the remaining batter
Keyword Cinnamon, Pancake

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