Friday, March 16, 2012

Flapjack Flash

Hey, it's been a while! I've been hesitating to post lately because my camera crashed and burned on me, but then my friend Michelle at delishiono posted an amazing recipe for District 12 cheese buns. So I decided to use pics from my Blackberry instead. By the way, you should go to Michelle's site and check out her recipes. Like, now.

Anyway, before I got distracted by her cheese buns (Ha!) I ended up making flapjacks. those of us here in the US immediately think of pancakes when we think of flapjacks, but the Brits know it as a granola bar type thing--crunchy on the outside, slightly soft and chewy on the inside. Remember that the recipe says the oats should be "coated"--think the process for making Rice Krispie treats. they shouldn't be swimming in the butter/sugar mix (as good as that sounds).

The first time I tried to make these, I burned them. The second time, they came out perfectly (I turned my oven down to 325 instead of 350 and moved them to the middle rack of my oven).I put the original recipe here just to be accurate, but feel free to use my pointers. If you don't have access to golden syrup (aka dark corn syrup), use honey; you can also add dried fruit and/or nuts. Make a big batch for the week!

British Flapjacks (courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine)


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup*
2 1/3 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned)
Pinch of salt

* A type of syrup popular in Great Britain; available at some supermarkets, specialty foods stores, and British import shops.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan. Combine first 3 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until butter melts, sugar dissolves, and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add oats and salt; stir until coated. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and spread out in even layer.
Bake until top is golden (edges will be darker), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes. Cut into 4 squares; cut each into 4 triangles (mixture will still be soft). Cool completely in pan before serving.