Flapjack…More Than Just Some Porridge Oats

My first experience of making flapjack was in Home Economics at school, using the recipe from the back of a pack of porridge oats. We came across this recipe a little while ago, and as far as flapjack is concerned, have never looked back. It has a lovely fruity flavour but still retains the stickiness of a plainer flapjack. Yum! It stores well and can easily be layered (just put a little greaseproof paper in-between layers) so is a great alternative in the biscuit tin, or for picnics. Two tips for making this work well: don’t overcook, when you check it at 25 mins it will still be bubbling and may not look ready, don’t worry, as it cools it will all come together; press the mixture in to the tin using a wide flat surface like a palette knife or a spatula, press it down again when you get it out of the oven.

You will need

  • 175g butter
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 125g golden syrup
  • 350g rolled oats
  • 150g sultanas
  • 100g chopped dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange, rind zested

Preheat the oven to 180c / gas mark 4. Line or grease a 16x16cm baking tin.

Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat, stir occasionally.

Whilst it is melting mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and combine. Press in to the prepared tin.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the mixture starts to brown a little at the edges.

Cool in the tin, then use a very sharp knife to cut in to as many pieces as you like.

Have a go and let us know how you get on….next recipe will be an Orange Sandwich Cake from the 1930s…watch this space.

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