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Easy Flapjack Recipe

This Easy Flapjack Recipe I’ve had since I was 19-years-old. A friend I worked with gave me this recipe she found in a cookbook. I adjusted it a little and it’s become a firm favourite in our home.

Easy Flapjack Recipe

Flapjacks stacked on a plate with a blob of butter on top

It is a simple, flop proof recipe and if my kids want a treat in a hurry this is my go to recipe. It also brings back very fond memories of my younger days in Durban.

I had an amazing colleague I worked with. It was my second job and I was in a very junior position at the time, but she always made me feel like a part of the team.

Her name was also Lorraine and she had the kindest heart, I guess all Lorraines are special people…haha!

She took me out for lunches and coffee. One our favourite places was the Botanical gardens, where they served the most amazing flapjacks.

 Some of us know it as crumpets with cream and syrup…that’s where my love affair started.

It was served with a dollop of cream and loads of syrup. Thank goodness my kids didn’t go crazy with the sugar rush. 

What is Flapjacks

Flapjacks is the same as pancakes as some parts of the world call it.  Here in South Africa we refer to them as flapjacks, pancakes or crumpets. 

Yes we know it’s not crumpets. But maybe it’s the similarity that confused people.

You would swear some people’s life depended on what a certain food is called. I have taken so much “abuse” because I referred to the pancakes as crumpets.

That’s what people called it when I was growing up. And I guess some of us from the more mature generation would still remember it as that.

I promise just because something is called by a different name, it doesn’t mean it’s being disrespectful. Some things are referred to by different names in different parts of the world.

How to make Easy Flapjack Recipe

This really is an Easy Flapjack Recipe. Somedays when I’m lazy I practically dump everything into one bowl and give it a quick whisk, even then it’s perfect.

They are soft, light and fluffy. These can be eaten with a spread of butter or some cream and syrup, either way they are still so yummy!

In my previous recipe I used a tablespoon of baking powder and I found it to be ok. However, some people have advised that the baking powder was too much.

I can understand that because some baking powder does consist of aluminium and it’s why you get that metal taste. I have re-tested my recipe a few times and I adjusted the baking powder.

This recipe still yields the most amazing flapjacks.


Making this Easy Crumpet Recipe

I did use just over 3/4 cup of milk to make the batter, however if you feel the batter is too thick you can add a little more milk. The batter has to be a dropping consistency.

If you pour the batter, it will form a ribbon. That way you know the batter is perfect.

Please also ensure you cook them on a medium heat, if it cooks too fast the insides will not be cooked. When cooking the flapjacks you flip them over once you see little bubbles forming on the surface. 

These can be served with a dollop of cream, some golden syrup or maple syrup and fresh berries. Some days I prefer it with just butter. Either way it tastes delicious.

If you do try this recipe please drop me a comment and a star rating. It is always appreciated.

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First published 17/02/2021 Updated 13/04/2023

Easy Flapjack Recipe

These flapjacks are so quick and easy to make. They are light and fluffy
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine General
Servings 10


  • 1 cup cake wheat flour
  • 1 &1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or oil plus a little extra butter to grease the pan
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 ml milk please see note 1


  • Sift all the dry ingredients and set aside. Beat the egg and combine it with the melted butter or oil and milk
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until it forms a smooth batter. I use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps. Add more milk if you feel the batter is too thick
  • Heat a pancake pan on medium heat. Pour a little batter, using a 1/4 measuring cup or a ladle, on a greased pan and cook. Once little bubbles form on the surface, flip it over and cook the other side. If the pan is too hot you may need to adjust the temperature
  • Serve with whipped cream and maple syrup


  1. You may need more or less  milk for the batter. Please adjust the milk accordingly. However, ensure that your batter is not too runny or it will be difficult to keep the shape. When pouring the batter it should form a ribbon, it's how I judge the consistency of my batter
  2. Ensure that you cook the flapjacks on a medium heat but you may need to adjust the temperature from time to time if the pan becomes too hot. You don't want them cooking too quickly as the insides will not be cooked
  3. You can make them egg free by replacing the egg with some lemon juice or vinegar. The texture may not be exactly the same but close enough
  4. The batter does thicken a little on standing so if it's too runny allow it to stand for 5 minutes
  5. This recipe can be doubled
Keyword flapjacks, pancakes, southafrican recipes
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  1. Your crumpet recipe calls for one egg,however in the method you say eggs.I like the look of these and want to try them.Please will you clear this up.

    1. Hi Gavin! My apologies. Yes it is one egg. I will fix the error in my method. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Have a lovely day

    1. Thanks for the feedback Enver! Glad my recipe made your cold, wet day a little more pleasant. Stay Safe:-)

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for your flop proof crumpet recipe. Cold day where I live, so was just perfect. Stay safe.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe this morning and my husband added chocolate chips. It was heaven. Thank you Lorraine for this decadent recipe ๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Thank you to much Kubeshnie! Iโ€™m glad you guys enjoyed it, sounds yum with chocolate chips ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    I didnโ€™t know what to make for when we break our fast, so I went to my friend โ€œGoogleโ€ looking for a flop proof flapjack recipe. I tried your recipe…quick sticks. YUMMY!!!!

    1. Thank you Amina! So glad the recipe helped. All the best during your fast. Take Care:-)

    1. Hi Mohini! Yes you can use lemon use or vinegar as a replacement. And maybe add buttermilk instead of milk. Hope it helps:-)

    1. Hi Lindy! Yes you can use self-raising flour although I do prefer cake flour. Maybe just add half teaspoon of baking powder with the self-raising flour to create that fluffiness. Good luck:-)

  4. 5 stars
    Easy recipe to make. Crumpets came out light and fluffy. I like that it doesn’t contain a lot of sugar.

    1. Thank you so much Liandi! I am so glad that the recipe works for you. It is one of my all time favorite recipes:-)

  5. I enjoyed your crumpets. I used your recipe with 2 eggs as I did not have a large egg. It worked perfectly. Thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    Light fluffy and easy to make. Served with yougurt fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey makes them perfect for a lazy Sunday breakfast

  7. My phone must be able to read my mind! A friend is coming for coffee and I wondered what could be made fairly quickly. Crumpets and memories of their decadence experienced at Botanic Gardens came to mind ….
    And yours was the first recipe I clicked on!
    We share a delicious memory ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Thanks. I just added a little more sugar, as I tasted baking powder more.
    I made them with my nephew today… the measurements were perfect to make a small batter for a 3 year old to mix all on his own

    1. You can reduce the baking powder, something I have to perhaps change in my recipe. The extra baking powder does give it that perfect rise and fluffiness but will look into reducing it.

  9. 5 stars
    Easy and tasty recipe that I use often! Thank you. I add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence for a little something extra๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve used your recipe a few times now as it always turns out perfectly! The family loves it! Thank you

  11. 5 stars
    Making this recipe now. Definitely one of my go tos! Super easy and never flops. Has become a family favorite. Perfect for a cold day like today! X

  12. 5 stars
    Very nice….easy to make and not too much baking powder! Next time I’m doubling this so we can eat more ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    Thank u so much..1st time ever that I made fluffy tasty flapjack…it is now my recipe๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  14. Hi Lorraine I absolutely love your recipe. Tried this recipe quite a few times and every batch came out perfect. โค๏ธ

  15. it’s a beautiful winter day in Durban but just needs a little bit of yumminess for the afternoon, thank you for these, they did the trick xxxx

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