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Masa harina pancakes

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Masa harina pancakes is a combination of all purpose flour and masa itself. At a glance, they won’t look any different to regular pancakes, but you can be sure the flavors will win you over. They offer a wonderful breakfast or brunch option that’s more familiar and unique. It brings such a delightful twist to this breakfast classic. Without doubt, these tender treats embody the warmth and comfort of latin American tradition.

Masa harina pancakes

When you think of masa, it can easily be associated with tortillas and tamales, to name the most popular choices. In the case of these masa harina pancakes, they wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind; however, it is one of the most delicious ways you can enjoy such dish. In addition, it would be yet another way to explore the wonderful flavors of Mexico.

Masa harina pancakes

Depending on your taste, these pancakes can be served with sweet toppings like maple syrup, fruit derived sauces/syrups, and butter. The masa harina adds a slightly nutty and earthy flavor, which in return pairs well with sweet or savory toppings. They are also a nice option to regular pancakes. In the same way, it will allow you to introduce friends and family to a new ingredient, while also handing the opportunity to use up any leftover masa harina in your pantry. Overall, Masa harina pancakes are a tasty and creative twist on a classic breakfast favorite.

Masa harina pancakes

Why do we mix dry and wet ingredients separately

There is a key step that needs to be looked after in order to make the fluffiest and softest pancakes. It all comes down to mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately. As a result, once they come together, there will be very little mixing to do. In return, you won’t overwork the batter or gluten and the pancakes will turn out amazing! Having a few lumps in the batter is a good sign you mixed just until it came together and there were no dry patches.

Adjust the consisteny

If the batter seems a little too thick, add a few drops of milk until it reaches the right consistency. Avoid over mixing.

Recipe Video tutorial

Below is my easy to follow video tutorial on how to make this Masa Harina Pancakes. It will give you an additional in-depth knowledge and the visuals of the step-by-step process to enhance your understanding. You will also find the video down in the recipe card.

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Masa harina pancakes

Recipe by Villa Cocina
5.0 from 3 votes
Course: BreakfastCuisine: Mexican, AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Masa harina pancakes are a combination of all purpose flour and masa itself. At a glance, they won’t look any different to regular pancakes, but you can be sure the flavors will win you over. 



  • Dry ingredients: in a large bowl combine them masa harina, flour, protein, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk until well distributed. 
  • Wet ingredients: in a separate large bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and butter until well combined. 
  • Pour in the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Gently fold until just combined. Avoid overworking the batter, a few lumps are ok. Let it rest for 10 minutes. 
  • Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Scoop or spoon enough batter to make a medium pancake onto the hot surface and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook until the underside turns golden brown, edges are set and bubbles start to pop. Using a spatula, flip and finish cooking it as the second side browns as well. Remove from the griddle and continue making the rest. 
  • Serve warm, top with a dollop of butter and strawberry sauce or maple syrup. ENJOY!

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