The Perfect Picnic Treat - Flapjacks!

As you can see from the previous post, my British family have great picnics!  This recipe is one of their regular picnic treats, Flapjacks!

I know you across the Atlantic in the States are looking puzzled and think I've lost my mind.  To a Yank, a flapjack is a fluffy pancake served with maple syrup.  To the British, it's a chewy, oat-filled bar cookie.  You just have to accept the fact that British English and American English are two different languages.  (See the post: you-say-po-tay-toe-and-i-say-po-tah-toe )

This is a great recipe to make with children.  It's fast, easy and only requires four ingredients:

150 grams butter or margarine
75 grams soft brown sugar
3 Tablespoons (heaping) golden syrup
250 grams rolled oats (porridge oats)

Preheat the oven to 180degrees C/ 160 if you have a fan oven or 325 degrees F.  Grease and line a square baking pan with parchment paper. 

In a sauce pan, slowly melt together the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the oats.  

Pour the mixture into the lined baking pan, level and press the mixture evenly into the pan.  Bake for 25 minutes or until just golden around the edges.  Leave the flapjack to cool in the pan. After 10 minutes, mark into 12 - 16 pieces.  When completely cool, remove from the pan and cut into squares with a sharp knife. 

Store in an airtight container, ready for a picnic or if it's raining, just munch! 
For more Flapjack recipes, visit Lyle's Golden Syrup website.  


  1. Love flapjacks and what a coincidence my sister made some too today! I did not know that to americans a flapjack is a pancake, see you learn something new everyday.


    1. Imagine my surprise when I was first offered a flapjack! These have so many oats in them you almost feel virtuous eating them... ALMOST! ; )


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