Banfora is what this easy to make recipe loved in Burkina Faso is called. Banfora welsh cakes are reminiscent of a very light puffed pancake, with bits of sweetness in every bite, both from the pineapple and the cinnamon and sugar topping. This would be delicious for breakfast too.
Banfora must get its name from the city Banfora in Burkina Faso. It is located in the south western region of the country. It is known for its spectacular rock formations and cascading waterfalls. Burkina Faso has suffered as many of it’s neighbors from severe drought and government corruption and military coups. We can only hope that Burkina Faso which means “Land of honest men” will find a leader to properly care for them.
Finding recipes to represent Burkina Faso was not easy and I am not sure why these welsh cakes are a popular dessert there. They are however very easy to make and I absolutely love the bits of pineapple in them. Truly a sweet treat that would be lovely with tea, dessert or even breakfast.
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Banfora (Fried Pastry with Pineapple)
- 2. 1/2 cups self raising flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple
- 1 egg beaten
- A couple tablespoons milk
- Pinch of salt
- Cinnamon and sugar mixture to sprinkle on top
- Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl
- Cut the butter into the mixture then rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Add in the sugar and pineapple and then stir in the beaten egg.
- Mix to a stiff dough add in a little milk if it is too stiff.
- Tip onto a floured surface and knead lightly before rolling out to a round disk about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut the dough into 4-5 inch rounds, then fry on a lightly oiled griddle pan, over medium low heat until golden brown on both sides.
- Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture