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Carnival pancakes: ideal recipe for Carnival Tuesday

Carnival pancakes (also known as Carnival tortillas) are a very popular traditional dessert, prepared every year in the Canary Islands. Discover how to make them at home easily with this recipe.

We are already celebrating the days of the Carnival Festival, long-awaited festivals both in the Canary Islands and in many parts of the peninsular geography.

Carnival is lived in all the Canary Islands quite intensely, and many people spend the whole year making the costumes for those days, the merges and the comparsas also rehearse throughout the year to cheer us up these days.

These days of Carnival are ideal dates to go out to the street to dress up with the first thing we find and spend joyful moments with family and friends.

These festivities, like other festivities that we celebrate throughout the year, have their  representative or traditional confectionery or confectionery that is made to taste those days.

In this we pay homage to the Canary Islands confectionery at the Carnival Festivities.

Carnival pancakes are pancakes or flour tortillas, these pancakes are prepared in the homes of the Canary Islands to taste them on Shrove Tuesday.

The pancakes that were formerly prepared to be eaten that day are made with flour and thus were called carnival pancakes.

At present, in addition to the flour pancakes, we also prepare other pancakes enriched with other ingredients such as pumpkin and bananas to taste that day. Both pancakes and others are easy to make and are very tasty.

Although the tradition is to prepare them at these parties, we can taste the pancakes at any time of the year, for snacks, at breakfast, as a dessert.

How to make carnival pancakes?

The carnival pancakes are prepared with flour, eggs, milk, sugar, and to enhance the flavor of these pancakes, a small glass of anise, some anise grains, and grated lemon or orange peel are added.

Then they are accompanied with a little honey or a light syrup that can be flavored or not, depending on the taste of each one.


  • 500 ml. milk.
  • 6 eggs.
  • 400 grams of flour.
  • A teaspoon of anise grains.
  • A shot glass of anise.
  • 250 grams of sugar.
  • The grated skin of a lemon.
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  • Sunflower oil for frying or mild olive oil.


  1. In a container we beat the eggs well; we can use the glass of the electric mixer.
  2. Once the eggs are beaten, add little by little the sifted flour, the milk, the sugar, the cinnamon and continue beating to mix well.
  3. Add the anise grains, the splash of anise and the grated skin of the lemon. Beat again until the dough thickens.
  4. Heat plenty of oil in a frying pan to fry the pancakes.
  5. When the oil is very hot we will begin to fry the pancakes. With the help of a soup spoon or ladle we are taking dough and throwing it into the pan to make the pancakes.
  6. Brown the pancakes on both sides. On a plate or fountain we put absorbent paper or napkins to put the pancakes on top and drain the excess oil.
  7. Once all the pancakes are prepared, put them in a clean bowl and let them cool.
  8. When serving them, we present them with icing sugar on top and accompany them with a little honey.



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