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Raisin Pancakes with Orange Syrup

I usually love having  french-style pancakes, crepes, for breakfast because they are light and my sisters and I finally landed on the perfect ingredient combination. The most common pancakes however, are the thicker, American-style pancakes. I can count the number of times I have had these style of pancakes. In the past, I have never really been a fan of them because I personally found them a little bit heavy. To fix what I did not like, I experimented with some ingredients and I have finally landed on the perfect pancake recipe.

One of my friends has been asking for a pancake recipe on Instagram literally since the day I opened my account   😀 and this is one recipe I am proud to share because I know just how good it is. My sisters loved it, and I know you will too 🙂

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For the pancakes

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

A hand full of raisins

4 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoon of margarine/butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon of orange zest



Beat the egg and the mala for about 4 minutes or until it becomes frothy and becomes pale yellow.

fluffy egg and malabuttermilk mixture

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

Add, the margarine, orange zest and mix all these just until they are all blended. Do not 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.

After that, add your raisins and mix them in with your spoon then you can begin cooking.


adding raisins into pancake batter

Lightly grease your frying pan, and laddle your batter on it once it is hot enough. 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, then once they are done, serve.


For the orange syrup

orange syrup ingredients

4 oranges

3 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar (granulated sugar)

1 teaspoon of orange zest

1/2 a teaspoon of margarine



Squeeze your oranges and put the freshly squeezed juice in a sufuria together with your granulated sugar and orange zest in a shallow pan on medium heat.

freshly squeezed orange juice

Let this simmer for about 10-15 minutes. It will thicken and when it has the same consistency as honey, it is done.

Making orange syrup for raisin pancakes

As you wait for your syrup to be done, slice your apple, which we will use as a garnish.

sliced apple for a garnish

For your garnish, you can use bananas, strawberries, pineapples, etc. And for the syrup, you can use passion fruit juice (yum), limes, pomegranate etc. I used what I had at hand, and it was magical ! <3

Pile your pancakes on top of each other, pour your syrup on top of them and garnish with your thinly sliced apple. Simply delicious!!!

Serve warm

raisin pancakes with orange syrup and apples

Take a moment, scroll slowly, and really imagine how great this would actually taste.

raisin pancakes with orange syrup


juicy orange syrup dripping down raisin pancakes

Fluffy, light, moist pancakes with raisins together with orange syrup made from freshly squeezed oranges make for an unforgettable breakfast!

taking a bite out of raisin pancake

Try this and tell me what  you think.

bitten raisin pancake

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  1. Rae

    can’t wait to try the raisins in the pancakes.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I was a bit hesitant about adding them, but I am glad I took that risk coz it totally paid off. You will love this, no doubt!

  2. Mulki

    I love LOVE your site! I want to try everything i don’t even know where to start.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Mulki,
      Glad you like my recipes :). There is enough time to try out everything, and I know you will enjoy! As you cook, take pics and tag me on instagram or twitter

  3. Brenda Wambui

    Hey. I love the recipe. Quick question tho. For that mixture it only makes 3 pancakes or can it make more?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Brenda,
      Yes,It will make 3 pancakes. If you want more, you can either add the quantities of the ingredients OR make smaller pancakes.

  4. patricia mumbi

    this is really nice and soo latest

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you give it a try Patircia, it was one of my faves

  5. Mithu

    Totally n completely looooove your recipes. Can’t wait to try them.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much! Do try as many as you can and I would love your feedback too :)))

  6. Patricia

    Hi Kaluhi. Love your recipes. Can I substitute the buttermilk with plain yogurt?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      yes you can.

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