No baked or pan cooked treat epitomized Sunday afternoon quite like crumpets. These small, fluffy pancakes are easy to make and require minimal ingredients, simply combine flour, baking powder ,eggs and milk. Cook on the pan and enjoy with jam and butter. In worse case end of the month scenario Amma simply made them with milk and self rising flour. Other forms of Amma‘s pancakes included sour dosa and fried ones which often served as a substitute for bread.
south african crumpets recipe


  I made these South African crumpets to go with strawberry jam, my son made at preschool this week (by make I mean helped cut strawberries), none the less it was one of my proudest moments yet.

Crumpets vs Flapjacks 

There is much debate about the difference between flapjacks and crumpets. From childhood, I know  that the small pancakes made with baking powder were referred to as crumpets, larger ones, were flapjacks.

How to Make South African Crumpets

Crumpets are best made using self rising flour or flour with baking powder, this gives the crumpet their soft, fluffy texture. For an egg less version, omit the eggs and use milk and baking powder combined with flour. If you are using eggs, combine with castor sugar until fluffy, this results in a smooth crumpet batter.
The consistency of crumpet batter is thick yet runny, and can be poured onto the pan. Some prefer crumpet rings to achieve a uniform shape. In my opinion the only tools needed when making crumpets are a spoon for pouring the batter onto the pan and a spatula for turning.

To cook perfect crumpets, make sure the pan is warm. If you use a good no stick pan, you require minimal butter for greasing the pan.

South African Crumpets Recipe

Yield: 18 medium sized crumpets
South African Crumpets Recipe

South African Crumpets Recipe

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M
South African crumpets are small, fluffy pancakes. They often contain baking powder, milk and eggs and have a characteristically soft texture.


  • 1 cup flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder or 1 cup self rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter for greasing pan


  1. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat.
  2. Combine egg, sugar and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift in flour and salt.
  4. Add milk.
  5. Combine to form a smooth pour-able dough.
  6. Once pan is hot, grease with a little butter, just enough for crumpets not to stick to pan.
  7. Use a large serving spoon to spoon batter onto the pan.
  8. Cook for two to three minutes  on each side. When you notice bubble on one side turn and cook the reverse side.
  9. Enjoy warm with butter and jam.
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How to Serve Crumpets

 In my opinion, crumpets are best served with something sweet. Jam, marmalade or fresh fruit, or if you really want to indulge maple syrup! 
south african crumpets

 This recipe has been my go to one for years! I retested it on 8.11.2020 (pictured above) following a reader comment. The results speak for themselves. I used one cup of flour and combined with two eggs and half a cup of milk. This liquid quantity is just right to make the perfect crumpet batter texture. Crumpet batter should be thick. If you have tried this recipe, do let me know how it turned out!

Gluten Free Pancakes

Try my homemade oat flour pancakes using ground oats and banana for a guilt free Sunday treat.
gluten free pancakes

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  1. This recipe is a disaster..way too little liquid. You need almost 3 times the liquid. Please remove this from the web

    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave valued feedback! This has been my recipe since childhood, it works! I retested it today and the results speak for themselves. The batter should be thick. Adding three times the amount of liquid, as you suggest will result in crepe batter.


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