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Video:How to Make Flapjacks

with Elaine Lemm

Traditional British Flapjack is one of the easiest tray bakes to make. It only has 3 ingredients and is super easy to make. British flapjack should not be confused with American flapjack which is a pancake.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Flapjacks

Hi, I’m Elaine Lemm for the About.com British Food site and today I’m going to show you how to make a traditional British flapjack. Now, this should not be confused with an American flapjack, which is actually a pancake. This is in fact a very quick and easy tray bake. It is loved by children and adults alike because not only is it delicious it is incredibly nutritious and packed with energy. Very easy to make as it actually only involves 3 simple ingredients.

Ingredients for Flapjacks

So for a traditional flapjack you need:

  • 6 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 200g butter
  • 330g porridge oats
  • and a pinch of salt

Instructions for Making Flapjacks

So, the first thing we need is the butter and we are going to put it into this saucepan to melt and into there I’m also going to add the golden syrup or corn syrup, as it’s known in the States. And then we’ll stir this until the two are melted together.

Once the butter and the golden syrup are melted together into my porridge oats I’m going to add a pinch of salt and pour the liquid into there. And then stir together. You need to really stir this well to make sure that the butter and the golden syrup really coats the porridge oats.

Oh smells lovely.

So once all that’s mixed together the oats are covered with the golden syrup and butter then pour the mixture into a square cake tin, which has been just lightly greased and I put a piece of baking parchment into the bottom. Then with the back of the spoon with your wooden spoon just gently press the flapjack down to make an even surface.

Additional Instructions for Flapjacks

Once that’s ready this needs to go into the oven at 180°C /350°F for about 20minutes or until it’s golden brown.

So the flapjack’s actually had about 25 minutes in the oven as you can see it’s lovely and golden brown. If you just press it in the centre it’s still a little bit soft but don’t worry about that it actually hardens up as it cools.

Now what I need to do now is to cut the flapjack using a sharp knife. Just cut the flapjack into the squares, like that and then leave it to cool in the tin. Leave it until it’s completely cold and then you’ll be able to take it out .

So there you are delicious, super easy to make traditional British flapjack.

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