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Pear and Nutmeg Pancakes

My elder sister Sieva LOVES pears. She loves pears with the same intensity that I love my mangoes, so you can imagine how much she loves her pears. Growing up, I never really enjoyed pears. I watched Sieva eat her pears with such deep enjoyment and theatrics that accompany chowing down of good food. As I grew up and became a lot more open minded to trying our new things, I came to really love this cute little fruit. Now that they are in season, I am also trying to incorporate them in as many meals as I can. I am having plenty of fun in the process :))

These pear and nutmeg pancakes will warm your heart and fill your tummy. There are so full of flavor and easy to make, in true #KK fashion. Do yourself a favor and whip yourself these beauties soon!

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PREP TIME: 5 MIN        COOK TIME: 25 MIN              MAKES: 6


1 cup or flour

3/4 cup of mala (or buttermilk)

1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda

1 small pear, grated

4 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon



Peel your pear and grate it. Set aside. NOTE: It is pear season in Kenya but if you do not have pears in the region you are reading this from, you can use apples or any other fruit with the same texture. The pear variety that grow in Kenya have the same texture as apples while those in other countries have the same sandy texture but are softer in texture.

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for the nutmeg and pear pancakes, ensure that the pear os grated so that they do not have too much density_kaluhiskitchen.com_

Beat the egg and the mala for about 4 minutes or until it becomes frothy and becomes pale yellow. Mala is a curdled sour milk drink popular through out Kenya and usually taken as a meal accompaniment.  It is however an excellent cooking ingredient and is used in a variety or ways. A great substitute for mala would be buttermilk.

You may already be wondering: Why use mala and not milk? Well, mala is denser than milk hence it helps maintain the thickness of the batter. It also makes the pancakes a lot more lighter and airy, and really, who wouldn’t want their pancakes nice and fluffy? ;))

whisk your eggs with you mala until they are frothy and pale yellow_mala is good for pancaks since it makes them lighter and

Then in a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, nutmeg, cinnamon,baking soda, baking powder, sugar) then add this to the egg-mala mix .

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Be careful not to over mix, or try to smooth out the lumps. Make sure your batter is thick enough so that the pancakes are nice, full and fluffy. There after you can begin your cooking.

Lightly grease your frying pan, and laddle your batter on it once it is hot enough. Add your grated pear on the top surface of the pancake i.e the side that faces you,  before it sets.

add your grated pear on the surface of the pancake before it sets and this will allow it to stick and cook with

Allow at least 2 minutes on each side, with your pan on medium high, this allows the inside to cook and the outside to have an appetizing golden brown color. The pear slightly caramelizes and adds amazing crispiness to the pancakes.

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Then once they are done dust them with some icing sugar then serve.

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How amazing do these pancakes look? They are absolutely sof and airy and you can still taste and feel the light crunch of the pear. The nutmeg and cardamom makes them extra fragrant too. You can get your nutmeg in any supermarket, do not be afraid to search :))

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In case you do not have pears, you can use grated apples to achieve the same effect. If it were up to me, I would have this dish every single morning. Feel free to check out other pancake recipes at the very bottom of this post and try all of them. You shall not regret!

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  1. Lyz Liz

    They look DELISH! My fam is a huge fun of pancakes.

    I however use the self raising flour.

    Is it appropriate here as well?

    Also, am not a fun of pears… are the apples used in the same way? Could i blend or i have to grate?

    Your biggest fan!!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Liz,

      You can use self raising flour. But if you do, do not add baking powder and baking soda since selfraising flour already has a raising agent incorporated. Also, apples are a perfect substitute for pears. I thing it is best to grate them too so that you get the texture in the pancakes.

      Happy cooking!

  2. Leila

    You have attached the wrong Recipe 🙁 ..

    • kaluhiskitchen

      oops! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. Let me correct it right now!

  3. Grace

    Hey Kaluhi,
    I love your recipes..kindly if you don’t mind,I’ve been searching for a large pan as what you’ve used as it makes the cooking process faster as compared to cooking one pancake at a time.where can I get one?I’m in Kenya. Thanks ????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Grace!
      I am happy you enjoy my recieps :)). The pan I use is actually an electrical grill whose one side is flat. My mom bought it ages ago and I am not sure if it is still in supermarkets. However, You can get a large pan on the RUPU website ( which is just as fantastic

      • Grace

        Thank you so much I’ll definitely check out Rupu.
        Keep up the yumminess 🙂

  4. Lois

    Hi Kaluhi,
    Did you use self-raising flour or just plain flour?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I used normal flour. But to achieve the rising effect, I added the baking powder. However, If you choose to use self raising flour, do not use the baking powder.

  5. Karen

    I recently saw pears in the market and thought what can they really be used to make then you came to mind “Kaluhi must be coming up with something”????????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Talk about perfect timing! This is the perfect way of having pears with your breakfast. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

  6. alvin

    You left out the egg in the list of ingredients…. ????
    Also you said add the dry ingredients into the egg-mala mixture yet you do the opposite. Does this have an effect or not?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It was an error. Let me correct it. But if you see an error, you can just use your own judgement and see it was a mistake and an egg is necessary and it was mentioned through out. Also, it wont have an effect, the ingredients will still mix in the end wont they? As I have said, just use your own judgement. Some things do not need that much thinking to figure out.

  7. Muchiri

    Nice nice apps

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you!!

  8. Samoina

    These pancakes are THE truth!!! My siz and I really loved them!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes!!!!! One of my all time favorites!!!!! So happy you enjoyed them!!

  9. Sera

    I tried this and Yum is an understatement!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Soooooooo amazing that you all loved this <3 <3

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