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South African Recipes

Pannekoek in the pan and rolled up for serving on the side

Pannekoek (or crepes)

Pannekoek (or crepes)

What do you call it? Pannekoek, crepes, pannenkoek, or whatever you wish to call them, are super delicious and a favorite in many a household. We love it and we also have this tradition that when a baby gets his/her first tooth, to bake pannekoek, but have you ever thought or wondered about this tradition.

I do not need any excuses to bake some fresh pancakes, but bake why pancakes when a baby has its first tooth? After some searching the web, I could not find anything regarding the origin of this story or any reason why people do it. Could it be because a pannekoek is soft and easy for a baby to ‘chew’ and munch on with only gums and also not to choke on? What do you think? Do you have any other explanation? Please share with us in the comments.

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A loaf of bread covered with lines of seeds and called Cape Seed Loaf

Cape Seed Loaf

Cape Seed Loaf

For some or other reason (not sure why) I have an aversion to working with yeast, but I so badly wanted to bake this bread, as it reminds me of the yummiest bread I bought while still in SA, so I just decided, this is the end of this simple dislike, and that I have to bite the bullet and made it, and it’s the easiest of bread to bake, so I will do this more often!!!

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