Stovetop Mini Flapjacks are thin “rounds” of cornbread fried in a greased skillet on top of the stove.
They look like pancakes. Easy to make. Crusty and delicious.
Flapjacks, also known as griddlecakes, are contain cornmeal and flour. Cornmeal fries better in vegetable oil than in melted butter.
Pancakes are made with flour and usually cooked in melted butter.
According to wikipedia.org, in the United Kingdom, a flapjack (oat bar) refers to a sweet, tray-baked oat bar, most commonly made from rolled oats, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup.
British flapjacks have a dense-cookie-like texture. They’re baked, not cooked on a griddle or flipped in a skillet like American (southern) flapjacks.
In the United States (especially the south), flapjacks are thin “rounds” of cornbread batter fried in a greased skillet on top of the stove.
“Southern-style” flapjacks are often served with collard greens, cabbage and pinto beans.
Many southerners enjoy flapjacks for breakfast. The “breakfast flapjacks” are drizzled with honey, maple syrup, or buttery pancake syrup and served with scrambled eggs and bacon.
Why is a flapjack called a flapjack?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “flapjack” was used as early as the beginning of the 16th century. During the time, it was very likely a flat tart.
According to reference.org, the “flap” part of flapjack dates back to the 1300s when “flap” was used in place of “to flip.”
It is uncertain as to what the “jack” in flapjack means. However, it very likely refers to the small size of a flapjack. Back then, “jack” meant something was smaller than normal.
The flapjack was originally used to describe a pancake. However, the word flapjack has been used to describe a variety of dishes including an apple turnover.
For example, the apple turnover is known as an applejack or flapjack in many parts of England and is a cookie made by combining rolled oats and syrup.
Enjoy this recipe for Stovetop Mini Flapjacks (southern style)! Pairs well with a salad.