Beghrir (Moroccan Pancakes)

2 teaspoons (6 grams) dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) sugar
1 cup (113 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (70 grams) semolina flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) almond flour
1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional; for color)
2 teaspoons (9 grams) baking powder
1 cup whole milk, warmed
Honey
Unsalted butter

In a bowl, combine yeast and sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup warm water and let it rest about 10 minutes, until bubbling. In another bowl, combine the three flours, salt and turmeric (if using) and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine baking powder and 3 tablespoons warm water, stirring to dissolve. Pour into a blender and add 1 1/2 cups warm water, the milk and the yeast mixture. Blend on low speed just to combine. With the blender running, gradually add the dry ingredients.

Pour batter into a bowl, cover with a towel and set aside at least 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size and very bubbly. Batter can be used immediately or refrigerated overnight.

When ready to cook, stir to deflate. Batter should be a little thicker than heavy cream; thin with warm water if necessary. Heat a heavy nonstick (or very well seasoned cast-iron) skillet over medium heat. (If you have a nonstick pan for silver dollar pancakes, use that.) Pour 1/4 cup batter into the pan (or, for silver-dollar size, a heaping tablespoon). Cook at a very gentle sizzle for about 3 minutes, until the top is covered with holes and completely set; the bottom should be golden and lacy. Repeat with remaining batter.

Meanwhile, combine equal amounts of honey and butter in a small microwaveable pitcher or bowl. Heat until hot, smooth and pourable; thin with warm water if necessary.

Serve pancakes immediately, with hot honey-butter mixture. Or slide onto a baking sheet covered with a kitchen towel and top with another towel to keep warm. Cooled pancakes can be briefly reheated in microwave.

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