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South African Flapjacks – Mini pancakes


These easy to make delicious light and airy South African Flapjacks recipe is VERY different to the British granola type flapjacks. They are an easy and light mini pancake that can be served as a sweet treat topped with whipped cream, jam or curd or a savoury snack with butter and cheese.

When I was little I was the official ‘barakat’ deliverer during Ramadhan and went every night to our neighbours with a gift of sweet or savoury snacks before iftar.

The first snack that my mother allowed me to make myself were these Cape Malay Flapjacks. It was the easiest recipe she could teach me while preparing the evening meal and keeping one eye on me.

South African Flapjacks

South African Flapjacks

My mother loved these South African Flapjacks, and although we mostly reserved it for Ramadhan, there were occasions when she would make it for unexpected guests.

Even as a teen and adult it was always a very quick recipe that we could whip up whenever we had nothing special to serve with tea.

South African Flapjacks

Our flapjacks are more similar to buttermilk pancakes usually served for breakfast, although more delicate in texture. It is very versatile recipe and can be eaten as sweet (with jam or caramel, banana and whipped fresh cream) or savory (with butter and grated cheese).

South African Flapjacks

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South African Flapjacks

Course: Tea time treats
Cuisine: Cape Malay, South African
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 222 kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder
South African Flapjacks are very versatile pancakes and can be eaten sweet (with whipped cream, preserves or fruit curd) or savory (with butter and cheese).


Flapjack batter

  • 140 grams cake or fine sponge flour approximately 250 ml or 1 cup
  • 7 grams baking powder approximately 7.5 ml or 1 1/2 level teaspoons
  • 1.25 ml salt approximately 1/4 teaspoon
  • 13 grams fine granulated sugar approximately 15 ml or 3 teaspoons
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 125 ml buttermilk approximately 1/2 cup
  • 60 ml milk approximately 1/4 cup
  • 30 grams butter melted (approximately 35 ml or 7 teaspoons melted butter)


  • 250 ml fresh whipping cream
  • 125 ml fruit jam or lemon curd
  • 200 grams Fresh raspberries or strawberries


  1. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar until pale and thick.
  3. Gradually add the buttermilk and milk and whisk until combined.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add half the egg mixture.
  5. Next whisk in the cooled melted butter.
  6. Stir to combine adding the remainder of the egg mixture until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  7. Heat a heavy bottom frying non-stick pan or crepe pan to medium hot and drop tablespoon fulls of the batter to make circles approximately 5m in diameter. I used a 20ml ice cream scoop to measure.
  8. When the bubbles form on the top it is ready to turn. Do not flip over until the bubbles appear as it will not be fully cooked.
  9. Allow the flapjacks to cool then pipe rosettes of fresh cream and fill the indentation with jam or lemon curd.
  10. Decorate with fresh berries.
Nutrition Facts
South African Flapjacks
Amount Per Serving (30 g)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 9.9%
Vitamin C 15.8%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

South African Flapjacks - mini pancakes with cream and fresh fruits

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This recipe was originally refined and published for my guest post on the Gheza e Shiriin website, for their annual global Ramadhan round-up in 2016 called Ramadan – An Event to Share 2016

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  • Reply
    May 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    This is like perfect to have with tea. Its simple, elegant, yum and family would love to eat this. I am adding this in my this weeks recipe list.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      You can make up a batch in no time at all… or take a leaf out of my mum’s book and get one of the children to mix it 🙂

  • Reply
    May 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of South African Flapjacks, and I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 31, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      They are totally different from the British flapjacks 🙂

  • Reply
    May 29, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    These look so good! I’m going to have to give them a try.

  • Reply
    May 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I love flapjacks, but I must admit your version sounds much more delicious! I will give these a try

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 31, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      I remember the first time I saw something called Flapjacks in the UK in 1999. It was nothing like the ones I knew and were more like a squishy oatmeal bar. I prefer our flapjacks 🙂

  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    July 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    These sound delicious. Love trying the flavours of the world!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 14, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      I love how there are so many variations of similar ideas all over the world 🙂

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Much lighter than the flapjacks we have here, I like your South African flapjacks, they look simply delicious

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    O these sound and look fantastic!

  • Reply
    July 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    So nice to learn about new foods from around the world. Looking forward to trying these lovely treats.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 13, 2016 at 5:04 am

      They are so easy to make that even baking phobics will adore them ?

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I have never heard of these before, but I am loving all kinds of desserts at the moment.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      My Aunt used to say, a meal is incomplete without dessert, and one should actually have dessert first 🙂

  • Reply
    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    June 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I love learning about food from different countries. These flapjacks look delicious and are so versatile!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Andrea 🙂 They are lovely when you want something sweet or savoury without overindulging 🙂

  • Reply
    Tina Marie
    June 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    They sound very delicious and look amazing.

  • Reply
    Christine | Vermilion Roots
    June 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    These are so pretty. Are they similar to pancake? What’s the difference?

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      I have always known these as flapjacks but from what I can tell from American pancake recipes, the flapjack texture is much lighter and less dense and sweet than pancakes. It’s also much more delicate.

  • Reply
    Azlin Bloor
    June 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I love that since I’ve joined the FBC group, I’m getting the chance to visit your blog and learn more about South African food! This is going on my list of things to do definitely – flapjacks that look like pancakes! Awesome!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Thus far I must admit, I’ve started with the easier items. There is so much more than appetisers, fritters and cakes in South African cuisine. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface but will start with the more time consuming dishes soon in shaa ALLAH 🙂

  • Reply
    June 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Love it

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