These delicious rounds are called many different things depending on where you are in the world – flapjacks, crumpets, drop scones or even pancakes by the Americans. They’re quick and easy to make and the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. You can serve them sweet with butter, jam or honey and cream, or as a savoury snack with just about anything, from marmite and cheese to cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Servings: 6 – 8 medium-sized flapjacks
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil or melted butter, plus extra for cooking
½ cup buttermilk or yoghurt (or ½ cup ordinary milk plus ½ teaspoon white vinegar to create that slightly sour taste)
Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk the egg with a fork in a separate bowl, then add it along with the melted butter or oil and milk or yoghurt to the flour mixture. Stir well until you have no lumps. You should end up with a soft batter that easily falls off a spoon – if it’s too thick, add a bit more buttermilk, yoghurt or milk.
Place a teaspoon of butter in a heavy frying pan on medium heat, and as it melts, tilt the frying pan so the butter covers the whole bottom surface. When it’s gently sizzling, drop tablespoons of batter into the frying pan with a bit of space in between. It depends on the size of your frying pan, but for an average size one, four medium flapjacks usually fit nicely.
As the flapjacks cook, you may notice little bubbles popping on the surface. Using a spatula, lift one gently to see if it’s slightly browned underneath. If so, carefully flip them over to cook on the other side. Each side should take 2 or 3 minutes to cook. When both sides are cooked, remove the flapjacks from the pan and put them on a cooling rack, or alternatively, keep them warm in a warming drawer or low oven. Put a bit more butter into the pan and repeat until all the batter is used up.
Serve warm or cold with your choice of sweet or savoury toppings, e.g.:
- Jam, marmalade or honey
- Whipped cream
- Peanut butter
- Sliced banana
- Cream cheese
- Smoked salmon