Too delicious not to share… Flapjacks

22 Jan

I’m told ‘Flapjacks’ in the US are the equivalent to our ‘pancakes’ here in the UK…
So let me just make this clear: THESE ARE NOT PANCAKES.

Glad I cleared that up.

This recipe was passed down to me by a good friend and has restored my hope in the human race my baking abilities.

Not that I cannot bake, but my flapjacks prior to the acquisition of this recipe were, for want of a better word, hopeless

So. Without further ado, I give you FLAPJACKS *takes a bow*

• 10oz (250g) salted butter
• 10oz (250g) light brown sugar/ half muscovado-half golden caster sugar
• 1lb (~500g) wholemeal oats (with added bran if possible – you find these in Sainsbury’s in the breakfast cereal aisle – these add extra ‘crunch, as well as fibre in a cunning toffee disguise!!)
• at least 3tbsp Golden Syrup (more if you dare – although it’ll make your flapjacks a lot sweeter)

Preheat oven to 200°C, grease and line an oblong oven dish or baking tray.

In a largish, thick-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over low heat, then add sugar and simmer v gently until all sugar has dissolved and is well combined with the butter – the mixture should feel quite thick, and look like runny toffee. *swoon*
Add the golden syrup and stir well.

Off the heat, add the oats to the pan and combine as well as you can (this can feel like hard work. I promise, it’s worth the effort..) until oats are coated with the toffee 🙂

Press the oat mixture into your greased dish and smooth over with the back of a spoon.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins, or 5 mins longer for slightly caramelised, crunchier flapjacks.

Remove from the oven, and leave for 5 minutes then divide into squares (about 1″x1″).
Then LEAVE TO COOL COMPLETELY IN THE DISH.
Only when the flapjacks are cool should you attempt to take them out and put into an airtight container.

(NB It is also acceptable to ‘try‘ one straight out the tray once it’s come out the oven. Just don’t burn your mouth. You’ve been told)

Enjoy your flapjacks with a friend over a jolly good cuppa tea. A steaming mug of coffee would also do. Have seconds. And thirds.

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4 Responses to “Too delicious not to share… Flapjacks”

  1. oilofjoyandgarmentsofpraise January 22, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Fabulous honey!! Just off for a run to kick of all the tiredness and sickness so will make some when I get back. Just for the record you’re a fabulous cook xxx

  2. heavenlyelevenses January 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    SO glad you’re getting out to blow out the cobwebs 🙂 well done you!! Enjoy the FJs my lovely xxxx chat soon x

  3. Belinda January 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    We’ve had this conversation before… Those are called crunchies!! ;D

    • heavenlyelevenses January 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      You confuse me, dear friend. Did you EVER happen to live in the uk or did I just dream it??
      😉
      A CRUNCHIE is a chocolate bar made by Cadbury’s with “a ‘honeycombed’ sugar centre” (quoting Wiki here. Pffffffff….. The lengths we go to!!) – I believe you have an Ozzie equivalent called “Violet Crumble”… Which is confusing me even more.
      *snort*

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