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Easy Flapjack Recipe

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 15 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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Hellen Kaparu

Friday 18th of August 2023

Thank u so much..1st time ever that I made fluffy tasty is now my recipe👌👌


Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Very nice....easy to make and not too much baking powder! Next time I'm doubling this so we can eat more :)


Monday 31st of July 2023

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

Samantha Jai Jai

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

I've used your recipe a few times now as it always turns out perfectly! The family loves it! Thank you


Friday 2nd of June 2023

Easy and tasty recipe that I use often! Thank you. I add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence for a little something extra😉

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