South African Flapjacks pancakes


This South African Flapjacks pancakes recipe is for easy to make delicious, light and airy mini pancakes that can be served as a sweet treat or dessert topped with whipped cream, jam or fruit curd.

These mini flapjacks are very different to the British granola type of oat based flapjack bars, that are similar to Crunchies Oat and Coconut cookies that were left out to soften.

Breakfast flapjacks are similar to American buttermilk pancakes, hotcakes or griddle cakes usually served for breakfast, although more delicate in texture. Strangely enough, even though it is the perfect pancake recipe my mother never made these for us as breakfast pancakes.

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 iftar snack that my mother allowed me to make myself was her fluffy Flapjack pancakes recipe. It was the easiest recipe she could teach me while preparing the evening meal and keeping one eye on me.

My mother loved to make her recipe for Flapjacks, and although we mostly served it during Ramadhan, there were occasions when she would make it for unexpected guests as a quick afternoon tea recipe. 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.

How to make flapjacks pancakes

  • This  recipe for Flapjack pancakes is very versatile and can be eaten as sweet with flapjack toppings of caramel and banana or strawberry jam, berries and whipped fresh cream.
  • For savory flapjacks we served it with butter and grated cheese.
  • The eggs and sugar are whisked together until pale and creamy then added in two batches to the dry ingredients with the milk, melted butter and buttermilk.
  • The flapjacks pancakes are cooked on medium high  and the most important visual indicator that they are ready to flip are the tens of tiny bubbles that pop up on the surface.
  • When serving with jam and cream the flapjacks pancakes do not require a smear of butter before the toppings are added. I do like to add butter though when having it with cheese.

South African Flapjacks


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South African Flapjacks

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).
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Tea time treats
Cuisine Cape Malay, South African
Servings 10
Calories 222 kcal


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


  • Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar until pale and thick.
  • Gradually add the buttermilk and milk and whisk until combined.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add half the egg mixture.
  • Next whisk in the cooled melted butter.
  • Stir to combine adding the remainder of the egg mixture until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allow the flapjacks to cool then pipe rosettes of fresh cream and fill the indentation with jam or lemon curd.
  • Decorate with fresh berries.


Serving: 30gCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 0gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 495IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 0.4mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword cape malay recipe, easy dessert, halaal recipes, simple recipe
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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
    David Elliott
    May 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Those look ilke such a lot of fun and very delicious. I would love to get them a taste. We will have to try out making them here.

  • Reply
    Alyssa Dawson
    May 19, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for the recipe! These look delicious! I know what I’m having my husband make tomorrow!

  • Reply
    Kathy Kenny Ngo
    May 19, 2019 at 9:06 am

    The strawberry kept calling out to me. This looks really delicious!

  • Reply
    Kaycee Enerva
    May 19, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Ooooh! This is such a creative idea compared to ordinary Pancakes!

  • Reply
    Jackline A
    May 19, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Omg those flapjacks look very tasty and are adorable. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    May 19, 2019 at 2:34 am

    These flapjacks look so pretty and would make the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea.

  • Reply
    Dana Brillante-Peller
    May 19, 2019 at 12:56 am

    What a pretty treat. This would be great for when we have guests.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      And it’s so quick and easy to make it will be done in no time at all.

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Wow, these look amazing!! I am going to have to try these!!!

  • Reply
    Madhurima Maiti
    May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I have never had flapjacks but these look very tempting. I am surely trying this out this weekend.

  • Reply
    Alexandra Cook
    May 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    This looks nice and simple to put together but so delicious ! Perfect for a weekend treat!

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my gosh these look so so yummy. I will have to make them for my family ASAP.

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 6:49 am

    These look heavenly. I have never heard of this dish before.

  • Reply
    Diana Dominguez
    May 18, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Wow…these look so yummy! I’ll have to try to make these!

  • Reply
    Lydia Smith
    May 18, 2019 at 1:31 am

    This looks so tasty and delicious. I just wish to have a taste.

  • Reply
    Nina Cochingco
    May 18, 2019 at 1:12 am

    This South African goodies really looks good. I love the presentation and I’m sure it taste great too.

  • Reply
    Stefani Tolson
    May 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I LOVE mini pancakes. I bet my kids would love it I made these.

  • Reply
    Owen G.
    May 17, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    These flapjacks are so cute. I really loved the presentation. Looks so yummy and indulging

  • Reply
    May 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    What a delicious recipe! I am used to the British flapjacks, which look nothing like these. I like that yours are so soft and look similar to pancakes. Love the toppings as well. 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 18, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      I realised when I walked into a station convenience store in Guildford one day that the British flapjacks are a soft version of our South African Crunchies. I felt I needed to include the South African bit in the title to differentiate it somehow 🙂

  • Reply
    Crystal Carder
    May 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    These mini pancakes are adorable! I would love to try this recipe for the kids, they would get a kick out of the mini pancake with the yummy toppings!

  • Reply
    Monidipa Dutta
    May 17, 2019 at 2:46 am

    They look sumer delicious and easy to make. I’ll try them next week on my birthday.

  • Reply
    May 17, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I drooled a little reading your post! I want this now please. I will try to make it in the next few days, ahhh i can’t wait.

  • Reply
    Kisha Stewart-Harris
    May 17, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Oh my, these look heavenly. I’m so used to only having pancakes for breakfast, but I can see having these at a ladies tea or even for an evening dessert! Can’t wait to try these.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      May 18, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      My mum often did that, or roped me in to do it, when we had unexpected guests and nothing special to serve with tea. A little bit of fancy goes a long way in this case 🙂

  • Reply
    May 17, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Oh I love food inspiration from other countries! Love flapjacks but this version looks so delicious! Will try it out this weekend

  • 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.

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    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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