Flapjack Fiasco

Flapjacks are a traditional British sweet treat.  Unlike our American counterparts who use the term “flapjack” to refer to pancakes, here in the UK, flapjacks are a type of sweet oat bar made in a tray bake.  

Watch this episode of Tim’s Tasty Treats to discover his flapjack recipe!  

What you don’t see in this video is that when the flapjack had finally cooled down, it completely fell to pieces, and we were left with a tray full of sticky, sweet crumbs!  Not exactly the consistency of a traditional flapjack, but delicious all the same 😉


The recipe below is a corrected version of the one in the video to fix the errors both in quantities and ingredients that led to it being so crumbly.



flapjack ingredients


Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a couple of baking trays with margarine. In the video I put it all into one tray, but it was way too thick.

Melt the margarine in a large pan over a low heat. In the video I used soft cooking margarine, but my Mum informs me that it should be hard cooking margarine to ensure a better consistency when cooked.

Add the sugar and golden syrup to the margarine and give it a stir. Again according to my Mum there is no need to let the sugar melt.

Add the oats and mix well until thoroughly combined.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the trays and press down with a metal spoon.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown.

Take out of the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Using a smooth butter knife and a pressing motion, mark out the slices.

Leave to cool completely and remove from the tray.


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