Fabulously Easy Flapjacks

This super easy recipe produces scrumptious flapjacks that are perfect for a quick light treat or for breakfast. They can easily be dolled up with different toppings and sauces. These flapjacks are super fluffy and so more-ish you will definitely want more than just one.

Some people call them pancakes, others call them flapjacks, and the Afrikaners call them ‘plaatkoekies’. Whatever you call them doesn’t matter because everyone loves hot flapjacks covered in syrup. They are lovely for breakfast, as a quick treat, or even a quick light meal for supper. And the topping choices are endless, you can make them sweet or savoury, whatever floats your boat. They are a good carrier for almost any topping. Everyone needs to have a good flapjack recipe in their arsenal of go-to recipes.

I enjoy flapjacks the most with some fresh fruit and syrup for breakfast on a lazy Saturday. But I remember when I was small my mom use to whip up a batch of flapjacks for a light Sunday supper. And till today we sometimes whip up a batch if we are feeling a little peckish, but too lazy to cook. And I think many of my fellow South Africans would agree that for us flapjacks aren’t classified as a breakfast food alone, it is a go-to snack/treat for anytime during the day.

How to make flapjacks:

Flapjacks really are super easy to make and it is also an easy recipe for kids to follow. So you can rope in your kids to help you, and once they have the hang of it they can spoil you with breakfast in bed.

To make flapjacks you just combine a basic wet mix with a dry mix. Once you have combined the two mixes into a thick batter, you can spoon the mix into the pan to bake them. Depending on their size they usually bake 90 seconds on a side. Once you have spooned some of your mix into the pan, wait until you see bubbles appearing and bursting on the surface. You need the batter to cook halfway through so that you can easily flip them without making a mess. If the pan is on a low heat, leave them on the one side a bit longer, until it’s almost cooked through. This will make the flipping a bit easier. The only thing that might be slightly tricky is trying to not burn them. You want the pan to be on a low to medium heat and never hot.

Some tips:

  • Measure all the ingredients accurately.
  • Make sure to give the milk and vinegar enough time to curdle, about 5 minutes.
  • Do not over-mix the batter, only mix until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
  • Keep the pan on a low to medium heat to ensure that the flapjacks don’t burn.

Try this super easy flapjack recipe out and add it to your go-to recipe arsenal.

Easy Flapjacks

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 8 large flapjacks


  • 150 g cake flour (1 cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 25 g sugar
  • 240 g milk (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 40 g butter (melted)


  • In a jug measure out the milk and mix the vinegar in, allow to stand and curdle.
  • In a small cup measure out the butter and melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together and mix with a whisk.
  • Once the milk has curdled, add the egg and the cooled melted butter, mix together well.
  • Add the milk mixture to the flour and mix with a whisk until all the flour has been incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix, it’s fine if there are a few lumps, just make sure that there aren’t any visible clumps of flour left.
  • Heat your pan over a medium heat and add a small clump of butter. Once the pan is hot enough and the butter has started bubbling you can start spooning in your mixture. Make sure your pan is not to hot, it should be on a low to medium heat. First do a small tester if you’re not sure.
  • Use a ¼ cup measuring cup or a big spoon to pour your mixture in the pan. Depending on the size of your pan you might be able to bake 2-4 flapjacks at a time.
  • Once bubbles start appearing and bursting on the surface of the flapjack you can turn it over to cook the other side, about 90 seconds a side.
  • Remove to a plate once they are done baking and repeat the process until you have used all the batter.
    Enjoy the hot flapjacks with some fresh fruit and golden syrup.

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