Tuesday, August 02, 2011


I always thought Flapjacks referred to those thick, American-styled pancakes but in the UK they are the name given to a much loved tray bake. At their simplest they are a combination of oats, golden syrup and butter but they can be jazzed up with the addition of various dried fruits and even chocolate.

It seems the biggest argument about flapjacks are whether people like them chewy or crunchy - I must admit I'm on the chewy side but if a crunchy consistency is required - make them a little thinner and just cook them a little longer.

As they are packed with rolled oats, you could almost say these flapjacks are healthy, just don't pay too much attention to the quantity of butter.

flapjacks© by haalo

(Adapted from Felicity Cloake)

250 grams butter
60 grams soft brown sugar
100 grams golden syrup
100 grams rolled spelt
125 grams rolled oats
150 grams quick cook oats

Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and warm over a medium heat. Stir until the butter and sugar has melted and then simmer for a minute before setting to one side.

Place the rolled spelt and oats into a heatproof bowl, give them a stir to distribute them and then pour in the melted butter mixture. Stir briskly until all the oats have been coated and the mixture is sticky.

Spread this out over a baking paper lined tray - flatten the mixture lightly with the back of a spoon to create an even surface.

Bake in a preheated 160°C oven for about 40 minutes or until golden - note that this will still be soft when comes out of the oven but will firm up as it cools.

1 comment

  1. ☺ We still call these OAT BARS. I thought they'd be considered "slice" because you do have to slice them, but ... that's something else (maybe without oats in it?). Millionaire Shortbread, which is a.) baked in a tray, and b.) sliced up like UK flapjacks, is nevertheless not called a tray bake or slice - it's usually called caramel or shortbread squares!

    I just say, "pass me the dessert."


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