The smell of this flapjack recipe cooking is always enough to bring my sons running to the kitchen in the morning. A hint of butter, just enough sweetness, and lots of comforts are easy to create with this simple but delicious recipe. They cook in minutes and always provide the perfect satisfying flavor you want to start your day.
Best Flapjack Recipe
One of the first things I learned to make from scratch was a classic flapjack recipe. They melt in your mouth and always make you smile. For me, it's the perfect way to start a weekend with my family. There is just something special about sitting down together for a meal to start the day, and this is the perfect recipe for that.
Is a Flapjack and a Pancake The Same Thing?
There are slight differences between a flapjack and a pancake. Traditionally, a pancake from the UK is thinner and more like a crepe, but a bit moister. In the US and Canada, pancakes are thicker and fluffier.
For most, the term pancake and flapjack is pretty interchangeable. There are some differences. Flapjacks tend to be a bit more regional and almost always tend to be smaller in size, and more fried with a crispier exterior than the soft large pancakes most restaurants serve.
What Can I Top My Flapjacks With?
There really are no real restrictions on what you can top your flapjacks with for breakfast. I grew up with a simple butter and maple syrup topping. My mom always added a spoon of peanut butter with syrup, and my dad was known to smear a bit of honey over his. My son likes bananas with cinnamon, but those are just a few of the things you can add to your flapjacks.
Here are some more good ideas for toppings:
- Fresh sliced fruits like bananas, mangoes, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, or pears.
- Baked cinnamon apples
- Blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
- Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or Nutella
- Fruit syrup, caramel syrup, butterscotch syrup, or chocolate syrup
- Powdered sugar or unsweetened cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, or white chocolate chips
- Pecans, walnuts, peanuts, or macadamia nuts
- Sprinkles or colored sugars
- Whipped cream, whipped topping, or vanilla ice cream
Can You Add Mix-Ins to Flapjack Batter?
It's not just about adding stuff to the top of your flapjacks but adding to the mix really elevates the flavor. We love adding spices, fruits, and nuts to our batters. Almost any topping listed above can also be used as a mix-in.
When adding things like berries or nuts to your batter, I recommend waiting until just before flipping the flapjack rather than mixing it into the batter. This keeps them from sinking to the bottom or burning when cooking.
Adding cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice are super easy additions that really elevate the flavors and don't add calories nor change the cooking time.
Can You Make Flapjack Batter Ahead of Time?
You can easily make your batter the night before. Cover it with a lid or plastic wrap, then refrigerate for up to 24 hours before cooking and serving.
Sometimes when you refrigerate it overnight, it will not be as fluffy, so I like to add just ¼ teaspoon additional baking powder to the batter. You can also just make sure you stir it a bit extra before adding to the griddle or pan to cook.
- Cake flour
- Baking powder
- Whipped cream
- Vanilla ice cream
- Maple syrup
- Fruit syrups
How to Make a Flapjack
In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Make a small well in the middle of the dry mixture.
In a separate small bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar.
Add the milk to the egg mixture.
Pour the egg and milk mixture into the well in the flour mixture and stir until a smooth batter forms.
Lightly butter the bottom of a heavy-bottom frying pan and heat over medium heat.
When the skillet is hot, spoon batter onto the pan and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until the top is full of bubbles and the bottom is golden brown.
Flip the flapjacks and cook for an additional minute.
Cool slightly before serving with your favorite toppings.
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If you plan to make a large batch of flapjacks on a regular basis, you should invest in a large griddle. An electric griddle is a great addition to your kitchen and works perfectly for cooking flapjacks as well as many other traditional breakfast dishes.
- 1 ½ cups cake flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- Jam or marmalade
- Whipped cream
- Maple syrup
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl then form a small well in the middle of the mixture;
- In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs;
- Add milk to the egg mixture and stir to combine;
- Pour the milk and egg mixture into the well of the flour mixture and stir until a batter forms;
- Lightly butter the bottom of a heavy bottomed skillet and heat over medium haet;
- Once the skillet is hot, spoon batter onto the pan at least 1" apart and cook for 2 minutes or until bubbly on top;
- Slip and cook an additional 1 minute or until golden brown on both sides;
- Cool slightly before topping with syrup and whipped cream.
These can be prepared ahead of time, cooled, and wrapped to freeze for up to 4 months.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g