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Crunchy coconut pancakes and spicy kelewele!

Pancakes are great and filling. It is a great breakfast recipe for the entire family but with time, we get tired of it. You do not have to be tired, however. Take things up a notch by adding coconut to the recipe. You never know, it might just be your new favorite recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 16 mins.
Total Time: 26 mins.
Servings: 5 people

Ingredients
● One cup of flour – all purpose
● One egg
● 1½ teaspoons of milk
● Five tablespoons of melted butter
● ¼ cup of shredded and sweetened coconut
● One tablespoon of coconut extract
● One teaspoon of baking soda
● One teaspoon of baking powder
● A small pinch of salt
● Three tablespoons of sugar
● 1½ teaspoons of vinegar

Instructions
1. The first thing you need to do is combine your vinegar and the portion of whole milk you have as stated in the ingredient section. Once combined, you need to properly mix them together. Once you are satisfied, you need to set the mix aside for about five minutes – it will start to get thicker.
2. Then you need to take another bowl where you combine your sugar, flour, baking soda, coconut, baking powder and salt together and whisk together – use proportions highlighted.
3. Then take the milk and vinegar mixture and add your eggs, butter (melted), and coconut extract.
4. Once you are done with the step above, take the flour mix and combine everything.
5. Heat your non-stick pan at low heat and add a teaspoon of oil to the pan.
6. Take a small portion of your pancake batter and place on the top of the pan. Allow it to cook till the top begins to bubble.
7. Flip the pancake and let it cook till it is slightly browned.
8. Use your spatula to transfer to your plate and complete the rest of the batter.
9. You need to oil your pan from time to time for good results.
10. Serve warm with a cup of juice and enjoy your breakfast.

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Kelewele

If you need a spicy plantain recipe, Kelewele is the recipe for you. It is sweet, spicy, soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. If you love plantain like everyone in my family, this recipe is for you. Take a look at the recipe.

Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.
Total Time: 35 mins.
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
● Oil for deep frying
● Five ripe plantains
● One teaspoon of pepper
● ¼ of a big onion
● One teaspoon of lemon
● One teaspoon of salt
● One maggi cube
● ½ nutmeg
● ½ garlic
● One tablespoon of ginger – chopped

Instructions
1. Slit the plantain and remove it from the bark. Then cut the plantain diagonally just as we have learnt to do it over the years in Nigeria here.
2. Then, in a blender, add your garlic, onion, and ginger, adding enough water to mix up the elements. Then add the maggi cube, salt, nutmeg and pepper to the mix and blend a little more before you set it aside.
3. Once this is done, add your cut plantain and the mixture into a large bowl where it can sit for about 15 minutes. This will allow it to absorb all the flavour from the mix.
4. Heat oil in your non-stick pan and fry your plantain under medium heat – do not allow your plantain to burn.
5. Fry each batch of plantain until it is slightly brown. It is best if you have enough oil in your pan for a proper frying experience.
6. Remove the plantain once it is properly fried and place in a sieve or a container with a paper towel. This will allow the proper draining of the oil.
7. Serve warm and enjoy.

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