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Flapjacks: How to Make the British Tea Time Favourite

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Flapjacks: How to Make the British Tea Time Favourite

Flapjacks have been around since Shakespeare's time, and there's no sign of them disappearing off the UK's favourite bakes list anytime just yet.

The tray bake of chunky, syrupy, oaty slices of sticky goodness are hard to resist. The pocket-sized snack that boots morale on a bracing family walk or completes a comforting moment curled up on a sofa with a cup of tea.

Whether you like them soft and chewy or crispy or crunchy, there are several spins you can put on these tray bakes to suit your taste. What's more they're inexpensive, quick and easy to make. 

Confusingly, flapjacks refer to two different styles of bake depending on which side of the Atlantic you are. British flapjacks are unrecognisable compared to the US flapjacks of thick pancakes.

How to Make Flapjacks

Making flapjacks couldn't be any easier, even for the amateur baker and require a minimum of three four ingredients. 

First place sugar, butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted, then stir in the oats and spread the mixture evenly into a prepared tin, bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven until golden brown, remove the tray from the oven, leave to cool in the tin and then cut the flapjack into squares.

If you're a chocolate lover, you can always dip your finished cooled squares into melted dark chocolate for the ultimate decadent touch. 

Flapjacks only take about 5 minutes to prepare and about 20-40 minutes in a hot oven, making them a great stand by tea time treat.

Top Tip: If you prefer a crunchy flapjack leave your bake in the oven a little longer.

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack Recipe 

Try getting started with our simple flapjack recipe with added cinnamon and decorated with apple slices.

Discover the flapjack recipe here.

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