Flapjacks or Crumpets… South African version


This is the “most read” recipe on my blog => but not because it is a favourite – but because of the ongoing discussion about “flapjack” versus “crumpet” and the differences between the definition between the Brits & the South Africans.

When I was growing up – we called this a “flapjack” and it was served for breakfast or as an afternoon treat. With some golden syrup or jam. However, in the UK, a flapjack is an oat based chewy sweet treat similar to the South African “crunchie” (again, not to be confused with the Cadbury crunchie  which is honeycomb dipped in chocolate!).

For others – they call this a drop scone or a scotch pancake… take your pick on the name… but assured that it still tastes delicious!

I googled *flapjacks* and got a whole plethora of recipes for the oat inspired biscuit (like a *crunchie*) – that wasn’t what I was looking for… so I added the words *south african recipe* and was beyond happy when I found what I was looking for on the All4Women platform.

The recipe is super easy… and doesn’t take long to *whip* up and serve. The other benefit is they can be served as is, or with jam/syrup/honey or even just a little bit of sugar & cinnamon!


1 1/2 cups cake flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 large eggs lightly beaten

  • Mix everything together
  • Fry spoonfuls (1/5 of a cup) of batter either in a non-stick frying pan or with a little bit of oil (I tried both and would definitely recommend not using any oil/butter and rather dry frying as they get a better all over golden sheen to them then)
  • Wait for the bubbles to appear in the batter while frying before flipping them over.

It couldn’t be simpler!

So – would I repeat this recipe? YES… it is one for the *KEEP* pile!

38 thoughts on “Flapjacks or Crumpets… South African version

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  2. Very confusing to me as a Brit. What you have here are Scotch pancakes. Crumpets are leavened with yeast, about an inch thick and with holes in the top. Flapjacks are a kind of soft oat biscuit.

  3. flapjacks and crumpets are NOT the same thing. what you have pictured above is not a crumpet, there is nowhere near enough leavener. it is some type of pancake, i would describe it as a “pikelet” to the english or a “pancake” to the french, or a “flapjack” to the yanks

  4. How many does the mixture make
    I need to supply flapjacks/pikelets or what ever you wish to call them for 30 retired person for morning tea.
    they are economical and delicious

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  6. This is what I call a crympet, pancakes have no self raising flour and are larger, crunchies have oats and coconut in. Some of my family call them piklets so have your pick. Love making them for the kids on weekends, they love them, are quick and easy, jam and butter is our go to topping

  7. Who cares what they’re called.. crumpet, flapjack, pancake, hippopotamus, dandelion.. they’re delicious regardless! 😀

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  9. South Africans call this flapjacks & it is a breakfast special served with whipped cream, maple syrup & bacon. We don’t fry in oil anymore though, delicious when done with spray & cook in a non stick pan. Pancakes here resemble crepes but slightly thicker & is traditionally served with cinnamon sugar & whipped cream.

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  11. This recipe is a win! I’ve tried so many different crumpet recipes and this was the first that turned out perfect on the first attempt! Easy to throw together too. This page is bookmarked!! Thanks xx

  12. So pleased I found your recipe! Thank you! The proportion of baking powder to flour etc is 👌sugar just right to hide the baking powder taste.. my granddaughter & I made a single mix and made about 10 medium sized ‘ crumpets ‘ Served with South African pure honey ( I hope ) crispy bacon, bananas & strawberries 🤪 Delicious!

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