How To Make Flapjacks

What are Flapjacks?

Flapjacks are a popular South African breakfast treat that are similar to pancakes but are thicker and more filling. They are made with simple ingredients like flour, eggs, milk, and sugar, and can be customized with add-ins like fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips. Flapjacks are typically served with syrup, honey, or jam, and make for a delicious and comforting start to the day.

Ingredients for Flapjacks

To make flapjacks, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Add-ins of your choice (optional)


Follow these simple steps to make delicious flapjacks:

1. Mix dry ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

2. Beat the eggs

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy.

How To Make Flapjacks

3. Combine wet ingredients

Add the milk and melted butter to the beaten eggs and mix well.

4. Mix wet and dry ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the flapjacks tough.

5. Add add-ins (optional)

If you would like to add fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips to your flapjacks, gently fold them into the batter at this stage.

6. Cook the flapjacks

Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat and lightly grease with butter or oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan for each flapjack and cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook for another minute or two until golden brown.

7. Serve and enjoy

Stack the cooked flapjacks on a plate and serve with your choice of toppings like syrup, honey, or jam. Enjoy your delicious and comforting South African breakfast treat!

Customizing Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a versatile dish that can be customized in many ways. Here are some ideas for adding a twist to your flapjacks:

  • Top with sliced bananas and a dollop of peanut butter for a nutritious and delicious breakfast.
  • Stir in some cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for a warm and spicy flavor.
  • Add grated apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a tasty autumn-themed treat.
  • For a decadent dessert, serve flapjacks with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.


Flapjacks are a beloved South African breakfast staple that are easy to make and endlessly customizable. Whether you prefer them simple with syrup or jazzed up with add-ins, flapjacks are sure to satisfy your morning cravings. Give this recipe a try and start your day off right with a stack of delicious flapjacks!