This is a Classic British Flapjacks recipe. It is a British favourite sweet treat combining oats, butter and golden syrup. Its close to a muesli or granola bar but far naughtier and nicer. In Germany you can use Zuckerrueben sirop instead, for the Brits the original syrup has a better taste. This is my son Tom’s signature dish. You can tell we watch a lot of cooking programmes. He made it  for his friends at school last year and it was a huge success. I have taken these into work for my German colleagues and they have never tried them before. They were very popular and have been one of my most requested recipes.

We like our flap jacks a bit chewy if you like them more crunchy cook them for a bit longer. You can also add other ingredients to the basic recipe such as chocolate chips or dried fruit, just use less oats. For us the classic version has a delicious simplicity. One of the best bits is eating the stray bits from the saucepan. Its a very simple recipe to do, so give it a try. If you find some good combinations of flavours post them in the comments field below.

History of the Flapjack

A Flapjack is another example of how the English and American terms for things differ. In America a flapjack is a type of pancake and is closer to the historical origins of the word. The  term Flapjack inEnglish goes back to the 1600 and was even mentioned in one Shakespeare’s plays, but it was the name used for some over type of dish. The Flapjack as we know it came about after the First World War when rationing stopped.  Flap is a old dialect phrase for toss, as in toss a pancake. The Jack may relate to ordinary, or simple as it was used to describe an ordinary man. This is a simple dish but it definitely delivers on flavour.

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