This easy flapjacks recipe is one of my most favourite on earth recipes. I’m totally serious. These flapjacks are so good I would do just about anything to get hold of one. They should be on everyone’s bucket list such is their deeply syrupy flapjack flavour and unabashed gooeyness. This recipe is one I am very proud of.
I’m sorry I can’t stop coming all over a little hysterical and shouty about this recipe. My husband would tell me to belt up….. and I would tell him to …………
But in my defence this IS an incredible flapjack recipe even if I say so myself, and I do, emphatically.
I ALWAYS have amazing feedback for these babies. Moreish is an understatement so beware. Don’t say I didn’t warn you lovely people.
They always remind me of days gone by when everyone drank pop and a finger of Fudge really was just enough.
My Nan’s Rock Cakes are another bake that I have recently recreated just the way I remember them. So very, very good.
One bite and I am back in her kitchen, terribly chubby with crumbs all down my mohair jumper. Seemingly it’s all about the retro memories at the mo.
I also have very deep retro feelings for my Easy Old School Chocolate Shortbread recipe. Do you remember them served at school in nubbly triangles with mint custard? Who cared if you got the ruler across your knuckles after a triangle of this fabulous stuff?
I can’t forget my Iced Buns either seeing as we’re all about the old stylee here. These are another to die for recipe from way back when. A recipe that produces almost an exact copy and makes me smile from my gym knickers down to my Clarke’s Shoes.
The Best Flapjacks Recipe.
But these are the best of all. A really good plain one is right up there with my most favourite things to eat ever.
But I found that although the ingredients for most flapjacks recipes tend to be the same the ratios do not.
I began my search 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 inspired me to hit upon the magic ratio of sugar, butter and syrup for this best flapjacks recipe. She is a genius.
I made batch after batch. I got through at least an acre of oats (positively healthy), five vats of butter (whatever a vat is..) and copious litres of golden syrup (plain filthy).
Eventually there was an Eureka moment. The crowd went wild.
Crisp on the outside and chewy within…… Flapjack porn.
Hard to achieve I know but these babies manage it effortlessly. Soft and gooey they are heavily laced with an incredible toffee flavour.
They are enough to stop you in your tracks even on the most stressful of days. One bite is SERIOUS heaven.
How To Make Flapjacks
This is an easy flapjack recipe to raise a family on. A recipe that will make them all squeal and make you feel like a cross between Mary Poppins and Mary Berry. Although it would take more than a magic umbrella to lift me off the floor.
It is super simple too consisting of melting ingredients in a saucepan and then simply mixing the toffee syrup into the oats before baking.
I sometimes take 50 grams of the oats and whizz in the food processor until they are flour like before adding back in. This gives a great texture to the flapjack. However don’t worry if you don’t. We are just talking perfection here. It is only really necessary if your oats are big clean flakes without any smaller pieces.
The general oats that you buy for porridge are a mixture of different sized oat flakes. Some small and bitty, some medium and a few larger. It is this sort that you want to buy, not the big clean flakes, if you don’t want/can’t be bothered to whizz in the food processor.
I buy the supermarket own brands and they are perfect. So assuming that you are using those….
STEP 1 – Melting the flapjack syrup.
Simply put all the ingredients apart from the oats into a medium sized saucepan and melt over a medium heat whilst stirring.
Then switch the heat up a little and let the mixture bubble for about twenty seconds like molten lava and remove from the heat.
STEP 2 -Mixing the flapjacks
I simply put the oats in a large mixing bowl and pour the syrup on top. Using a wooden spoon or spatula I stir the syrup all the way through the oats.
I use an 8 ” non stick baking tin lined on the bottom with Bake-O-Glide a reusable liner but baking paper will work too.
Tip in the syrupy oats and use the back of a large spoon or spatula to smooth and level over.
Step 3 – Baking The Flapjacks.
Bake for about 15 minutes in a 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4.
This time will vary slightly depending on the height of the sides of the tin that you are using.
The flapjacks are ready when the top of the flapjacks have some colour from baking. The edges will be slightly darker and that is OK but be CAREFUL that you don’t get too much colour on the top.
It does help to have an independent oven thermometer to keep an eye on your temperature no matter what your oven tells you. They flipping well lie.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
Mark out your squares whilst still warm and run your blunt knife all the way around the edges of your tin to prevent them sticking.
In my 8 ” square tin I usually mark out 2 inch squares. So I get 16 flapjacks.
I like to put them in the fridge once cool to really get cold and I swear it makes them taste even better.
In my genuine opinion these are the best flapjacks out there. I have not tasted better. Bold I know…..
Eat them and weep…
How To Make Flapjacks Tips
- The mixture is quite wet before and after baking but firms up significantly when cool. I often put them in the fridge to get really cold. I swear it makes them taste better.
- They are ready when golden brown all over with darker edges. Don’t let them colour too much but some colour needs to have appeared from baking across the top.
- The edges have a tendency to darken quickly so make sure your oven is at the right temp.
- I keep an oven thermometer in my oven all the time. I think my oven is possessed. One day can be very different to the next.
- I store them in an airtight container on grease proof paper. They should last for up to a week. Trust me they won’t need to. My children CANNOT get their little fists on them fast enough.
- Mark out your squares whilst the flapjacks are still warm. Run your blunt knife all around the edges of the tin too.
- Digital Scales
- Food Processor
- Large Saucepan
- Wooden Spoon
- Large Spoon/Spatula for smoothing the mixture in the tin.
- Blunt Knife
- Baking Tin – mine is 8″ square
- Baking Liner or baking paper
- Oven thermometer – optional
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The Best Flapjacks Recipe
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
- 100 grams light brown sugar
- 180 grams unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 200 grams golden syrup
Preheat your oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4. If you have large flaked oats then whizz 50 grams of your measured out oats in the food processor until mostly flour like. Add to the 350 grams of oats in a large mixing bowl. If your oats are standard mixed sized oats then put all your 400 grams in the 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 100 grams dark brown soft sugar - 100 grams light brown sugar- 180 grams unsalted butter - 1/2 tsp salt - 200 grams golden syrup - 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 8 " square or similar sized 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 golden brown on top. Not too dark. Watch that the edges don't catch too much. They will be darker than the middle.
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.
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- Be particular about your sugar. If poss do use the 100 grams of dark brown soft sugar.
- 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!
- Use a 8 " square tin or similar size.
- Make sure that you get the right colour on the baked flapjacks. Not too light and not too dark. Somewhere in the middle. The edges will be darker.
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