Flapjacks or Crumpets… South African version

Apologies for the radio silence… but between a weeks worth of leave – in order to move house, plus the actual move from one humble abode to another… plus a quick jump across the pond to London to try on a wedding dress… I have not really had an opportunity to write-up any blogs – nor even try out many new restaurants or recipes.

Accept my humble apologies… and I promise to be back on track for the next month (until I am on holiday again…yes, again… but this time to South Africa for friends wedding…and to do the final planning of my own – which is taking place in less than 4months! Eeeckk!)

We had *just* moved into our new home (3days in) and although HIM had to work the lunchtime shift at the restaurant… I decided to surprise him with breakfast in bed….

But looking in our fridge meant that there wasn’t much to offer….

This got me thinking – Did any of you ever have flapjacks or crumpets for breakfast in South Africa??? I remember these being a *treat* either for a special occasion for breakfast or for a little something sweet in the afternoon…

I googled *flapjacks* and got a whole plethora of recipes for a type of oat inspired biscuit (like a *crunchie*) – that wasn’t right… 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!


flapjacks pile

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

flapjack ingredients

  • Mix everything together
  • flapjack mixture
  • 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)
  • flapjack frying
  • Wait for the bubbles to appear in the batter while frying before flipping them over.
  • flapjacks cooked

It couldn’t be simplier!

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


29 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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