Flapjacks are one of the easiest and most simple things to bake. They are definitely not the healthiest of treats, but boy are they delicious!
There are actually two different types of sweet treat with the name flapjack. The first and original meaning refers to a type of thick pancake. In this instance, the term “flapjack” refers to flipping a pancake. According to the Oxford English Dictionary this meaning dates from the early 17th century. Shakespeare refers to flapjacks in his play Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607):
“Come, thou shalt go home, and we’ll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.”
This original meaning has been retained in America.
The second, British definition is a sort of tray bake made from oats, syrup and butter. It is not until 1935 that the word flapjack was used to describe a food made with oats. It is the second definition for which I provide a recipe!
These flapjacks are extremely simple; you basically just combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bake in a tin.
Other recipes call for a higher oven temperature, but I cook mine at 160c. This allows the flapjacks to remain chewy. Some people prefer their flapjacks to be crunchy, but to me the perfect flapjack has a melt-in-the mouth chewiness.
This is based on an old family recipe which is actually originally from a Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook!
- 110g butter
- 2tbsp golden syrup
- 50g brown sugar
- 210g porridge oats
- Grease a tin of around 18x22cm and pre-heat the oven to 160c
- Measure the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar into a saucepan and gently melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally
- When the mixture has melted and combined remove from the heat
- Add in the oats little by little, and stir until evenly mixed
- Spoon into the tin and squash it down. I used a potato masher to do this!
- Bake in the oven for about 16-18
- Remove from the oven and mark into 16 pieces with a knife
- Leave to cool in the tin, then remove and break into pieces
Storage: keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days