Surprise Flapjacks

by Erin

These flapjacks (pancakes) have all kinds of surprise ingredients from pecans to cornmeal, dubbing them as surprise flapjacks! It is no surprise however that they are quite tasty.

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I started off my week with a phone interview, only to receive a rejection letter for the same job the very next day. I am still waiting to hear back about my in person interview supposedly happening this month, which I’ve been planning on since May. I e-mailed them 2 weeks into July to which I received a reply saying they would be in touch. It’s been over a week since then and July is coming to a close. I’ll give them 2 full weeks before I follow up again. Hopefully they are truly sorting things out and not blowing me off. With that kind of apprehension, how about we end this week with some pancakes?

I am not sure why these flapjacks (pancakes) were dubbed as “surprise” other than the slew of surprise ingredients such as corn meal, oats, and chopped pecans. Makes me think that “compost flapjacks” would have been more appropriate. But no matter what the name is I am certain you will be calling them “delicious”. All of those ingredients come together for one hearty and tasty breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed the texture the pecans added.

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One year ago: Pass the Cook Book Club: Ina Garten’s Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Two years ago: Strawberry Malted Pancakes

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Sandwich Bread


Serves 4


3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup yellow corn meal

1/2 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Heat a pancake griddle or iron skillet to medium high.
  2. Place flours, oats, cornmeal, baking powder, soda, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Add butter and process until it resembles coarse meal.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk together. Beat in the honey. Stir in the flour mixture and then fold in the pecans.
  4. Ladle batter onto the preheated griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately with your favorite syrup.

Source: Unknown newspaper clipping


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Robert January 17, 2015 - 11:48 am

Thank You for this flapjack recipe. One of my favorite cookbooks has it on page 336. The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook Paperback – January 4, 1985 by Sheila Lukins (Author), Julee Rosso (Author), Sarah Leah Chase (Author)

Jocelyn@Brucrewlife August 5, 2014 - 12:01 am

I’m loving everything about these awesome pancakes! :) Especially the pecans, yum!

Nikki @Seeded at the Table July 27, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I’m AM surprised all of those ingredients are included! Sounds like a pancake that is more flavorful and nutritious, for sure!

Joanne July 27, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ugh boo to people being evasive! But YAY for pancakes!! At least they are a bright spot in the day!

Amy @ Fearless Homemaker July 26, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Oh, they look so fantastic! I don’t make pancakes nearly as often as I should. =) And good luck with all the work stuff, lady!

Laura Dembowski July 26, 2014 - 8:35 am

These pancakes must taste amazing with all those textures and flavors. A little maple syrup and you’ve got breakfast perfection! Oh, and just stay positive on the job hunt. It’s hard, but you’re very smart and will find a job for sure.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 25, 2014 - 10:18 pm

oooooooooh I love everything you put into these pancakes!!! So hearty and filling and tasty!

and good luck with all the job stuff girl, I know how stressful it all is!

Baby June July 25, 2014 - 9:27 am

Those look awesome! I love finding new pancake recipes like this. :)


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