The Best Flapjacks.
But first……..a midlife crisis.
Becoming middle aged slipped right up on me much like a silent assasin. One dark night I remember finding my very first wrinkle……..I discovered it a friends house at a night in with the girls. Incensed and outraged but most of all SCARED, I ran round hysterically shoving my face at them all. Frankly I am surprised that no one punched me in the throat. Then followed a gradual cruel series of slackenings and general loss in all areas apart from bodymass. Only last week I found myself the proud owner of a turkey wattle. I spotted it out of the corner of my eye as I passed a mirror. I did a double take…..it wobbled……wtf is that?????? If I look up for any length of time it hangs dangerously low for about twenty minutes afterwards…….. Then I really wish somebody would punch me in the throat.
Skipping on twenty years I now find that in reality all our girly nights always include in depth conversations of our health as all of us confide and obsess about our myriad of symptoms. Unable to know for sure what the F is going on with our bodies anymore. Is it new menopausal symptoms or something terminal???? Oh how we are envious of those friendship groups with a doctor amongst them….I knew I should have gone to University………. Instead we are reduced to swapping anecdotes and trying to think up ways of getting hold of black market HRT……They can’t expect us to carry on in this state. My doctors just seems content to waft a menopausal pamphlet under my nose. She is obviously twenty six. We need hard drugs woman or at the very least a hair transplant……
The Best Flapjack Recipe.
In an effort to remember what it felt to be childlike without a raging hormone in sight. I have been researching hard to not only find out how to create an easy flapjack recipe but how to create THE best flapjacks recipe. I have great memories from childhood of incredible gooey, chewy flapjacks but it seems so often nowadays they are a little bland and mushy much like shop bought pancakes. A really good plain flapjack recipe is right up there with my most favourite things to eat. But I found that although flapjack ingredients tend to be the same in most recipes the ratios do not. So I embarked on this most important quest and got through an acre of oats (positively healthy), five vats of butter (whatever a vat is..) and litres of golden syrup.
The Big Reveal.
These flapjacks are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Flapjack porn. Hard to achieve I know but these babies manage it effortlessly. Soft within they are heavily laced with an incredible toffee flavour. These Flapjacks are enough to stop you in your tracks even on the most stressful headless (or hairless) chicken (turkey) days. One bite is SERIOUS heaven.
I began my search for the ultimate Flapjack on the Smitten Kitchen site. One of the most incredible food blogs out there. I had seen that she had a recipe for Chewy Granola Bars and that led me to hit upon the magic ratio of sugar, butter and syrup. She is a genius.
It is a simple recipe consisting of melting ingredients in a saucepan and then mixing the toffee syrup into the oats. I heat the sauce into a bit of a caramel. It starts to come up in thick bubbles (lava) and from then on you keep stirring. Err on the side of caution though and if you are not used to making caramel then leave it only twenty seconds once it starts bubbling. It’s quite hard to tell because the syrup is dark already. As a guide on a medium heat I would say about 40 seconds. The dark brown sugar (soft) is already half way near a toffee flavour so don’t sweat it.
I also take 50 grams of the oats and whizz in the food processor until they are flour like. This gives a great texture to the flapjack. The mixture is quite wet before and after baking but firms up significantly when cold. They are ready when golden brown all over. The edges have a tendency to darken so make sure your oven is at the right temp. I keep an oven thermometer in there all the time. I think my oven is posessed. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Eat them and weep…
The Best Flapjacks
The Best Flapjacks. Crisp on the outside and chewy within. One bite and you're converted. Easy to bake with the kids and a delicious treat for the adults. A true family bake.
- 400 grams rolled oats
- 100 grams dark brown soft sugar
- 180 grams unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 200 grams golden syrup
- 100 grams light brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 180 C. Whizz 50 grams of your measured out oats in the food processor until mostly flour like. Add to the other oats in a large mixing bowl. Have your non stick baking tin ready. I used a non stick 8" square tin that I lined with bakoglide but baking paper will do the same job.
Place all the other ingredients in a medium sized saucepan and gently melt it all together whilst stirring. Increase the heat a little until the syrup forms thick bubbles and looks a bit like molten lava. Be careful to only increase the heat moderately. Keep watching as you don't want it burning at all. This bit takes only a minute once all the butter has melted.
Pour that seriously hot syrup onto the oats and being careful not to get any on yourself stir it all in.
Empty it all out into your tin and spread it out evenly. I find a metal spoon is the best tool for this. Bake for about 15 mins and until the whole thing is a deep golden brown on top. Watch that the edges don't catch too much.
Leave to cool in the tin but mark the squares out with a knife before it does so. As they cool they will harden and crisp up. Don't be tempted to eat one before they are completely cold. I recommend putting them in the fridge if you can't wait too long and have even put a square in the freezer because I am crazy for one. However these are much better for a couple of hours left well alone.
Apply to Nostalgic Face with a Turkey Wattle.
- Be particular about your sugar. If poss use dark brown soft sugar. If not then get your caramel sauce as dark as you dare.
- Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven doesn't get too hot and burn the edges.
- Allow the flapjacks to cool completely and seriously consider putting them in the fridge for an hour. It really seems to improve them!
PIN ME FOR LATER!
You must hold yourself in check and wait until fully cold to experience these flapjacks at their best. That usually takes a couple of hours at least. I put them in the fridge to hurry the process along once they are nearly cool but I mark out the squares in the flapjacks whilst they are still warm in the tins. I would even go so far as to say that these are actually better the next day. Excruciating but true………
I have linked this post with Baking Crumbs over at Jo’s Kitchen Larder – Dream Team over at 3 Little Buttons , Mom of Two Little Girls – Shank You Very Much . Fiesta Friday and Jenny at Dragon Fly Home Recipes – Recipe of the Week- A Mummy Too – Bake of the week over at Casa Costello and Mummy Mishaps – Cook, Blog, Share over at Everyday Healthy Recipes