Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Best Flapjack Recipe

I must have made flapjack about 20 times in my life - recipes with flour, recipes without, recipes with fruit, recipes without...there is a surprising variety out there. But this one (adapted from a Delia Smith recipe http://www.deliaonline.com/home/Print-Recipe.html?PID=2238&ampCID=384), has to be my favourite - only 4 ingredients and 5 things to wash up (weighing bowl, metal spoon, saucepan, wooden spoon and baking tray, if you're counting). Quantities are fairly approximate - it's a pretty robust recipe.

8oz soft margarine
8oz light brown sugar
3tbsp golden syrup
10oz porridge oats

Optional extras:
Dried fruit like sultanas, cranberries, apricots, prunes...

Makes about 20 squares (1 baking tray's worth)

1) Pre-heat the oven to 160 deg C
2) Melt the margarine in a large saucepan
3) Add the sugar and golden syrup and stir
4) Mix in the oats so they're all nicely coated *
5) Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, and tip in the mixture. Press it down with a spoon so it's even
6) Cook for 20-25 mins (until golden and bubbling)
7) Leave to cool in the tray before trying to cut it up

Tip: If it sticks to the greaseproof paper (a common occurence in my household), turn the flapjack upside down (paper side up), boil the kettle and splash some of the water on the paper. When it's soaked through, it should peel off nicely

* Add the dried fruit here if you want to, approx. 4oz or whatever looks right

Margarine = 30p
Sugar = 30p
Syrup = 10p
Oats = 18p
Total = 88p (5p/ square)