Thursday, August 30, 2007

Baghrir or A Thousand Holes

250 grams fine semolina
250 grams flour (or omit and use 500 grams of semolina only)
1 tbs salt
3 eggs
1 tbs yeast
1/2 liter warm milk
1/2 liter warm water
1 tbs sugar

1 cup butter or any soft cheese
1 cup of warmed honey

Traditionally Baghrir is 100% Semolina, and it's eaten in Morocco and Algeria, although I have not seen many eating it! Today I used melted butter and honey for the filling but often I use softened whipped Cream Cheese and a few tablespoons of honey. I recommend making the filling first and letting it sit as you make the crepes.

Activate the yeast with the milk, water and sugar.
Add flour and semolina or just semolina and mix very well, until all lumps are gone and you have a smooth, soupy batter. Set to the side and let it become bubbly 30 to 45 minutes.

Using a heavy skillet melt a teaspoon or less of olive oil or butter (I always use butter) and when it's brown add one soup ladle of the batter to the center of the hot skillet and rotate the pan until the pan has batter spread evenly over it.
This crepe is not like French crepes, forget what you learned about no holes in crepes, Baghrir means 1000 holes! Your pan needs to be fairly hot.

As soon as you add your batter you will see the holes forming, it's quite pretty.
Flip over when the underside is brown a minute or two then leave on the other side for about 30 seconds or so. Traditionally it isn't flipped over, nor is it cooked in oil, it's cooked on a special pan which is oiled once and that is it. I have not seen this pan in the States, however I do plan on getting one when I visit Algeria!
Add the filling and roll up!


  1. Salam
    I have just discovered your blog and it is mouth-watering to look at some of the recipes. I would like to try some soon Insha'Allah keep posting!

  2. jamila, have never tried these but they look great :)

  3. They are comparable in taste to Crumpets. I just love them! Let me know if you do try them.

  4. These look really nice. The filling sounds wonderful - cream cheese and honey!
    I love crumpets as well.... with butter and honey, so maybe I should try butter and honey for consistency.

  5. i will let you know :) that's so random, cause guess what i just made yesterday?! LOL .... love all those little holes.

    btw, answered your comments! check them when you have a chance.

  6. Hi BB Baking, Thanks for the comment. I tried to view your blog but wasn't able to, why not?

  7. Hi Burekaboy. So did you find that they tasted like crumpets? :-)

  8. jamila, hi ... meant i made crumpets but you saw that already! i am going to try the baghrir over the next few days and will let you know :)


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