In North America flapjacks are another work for a pancake, but in the UK, a flapjack is more like a chewy, moist granola bar. The basic recipe is made with oats, butter, sugar, and syrup that is sometimes flavoured with spices, nuts, berries, or chocolate. They are a classic breakfast-on-the-go that are really easy to make. You literally melt the fat with the sugar, stir in the carbs, and then bake. Easy peasy.This recipe is really basic. I have only added orange zest for a touch of zing and walnuts for some crunch, but you could add any flavouring you like. The first batch I made were a touch too crunchy so this time I turned the temperature down a touch and left the flapjacks in for a bit longer to dry out. You want the flapjacks to be cooked enough so they don’t fall apart, but still nice and chewy on the inside. Depending on the size of your baking dish, the cooking time will vary so you may need to babysit your flapjacks a bit while they are in the oven. Considering how easy they are to prepare, watching the flapjacks bake shouldn’t be too much of a hardship, especially since the result is so delicious!
Makes 12 flapjacks
- 1 cup unsalted buter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup golden syrup
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (if you don’t have the real stuff, use honey or more golden syrup)
- 2 cups large flake oats
- 2 3/4 cup porridge oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- zest of 1 orange
- Preheat your oven to 320F (160C).
- Line a 9″ square baking tray with parchment paper or grease it really well with butter.
- In a pot that is big enough to hold all the oats, melt the butter, sugar, and syrups together until all the sugar granules have dissolved.
- Mix in the oats, walnuts, and lemon zest.
- Pour the batter into the lined baking tin.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
- Leave to cool.
- Cut into squares and enjoy