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This Instructable will show you how to make nice chewy flapjack containing fruit, nuts, or basically anything you like.
 
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Step 1: Get your things together

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The first step is to make sure you have everything you will need. Both ingredients and tools are all important.

Ingredients you will need:
Butter - 120g
Margarine - 80g
Brown Sugar - 160g
Oats - 440-500g
Golden Syrup - 4 tbsp
Salt - Just a pinch
Some Fruit, or other added extra - 0-60g

Tools you will need:
A tablespoon
Weighing scales
A deep saucepan
A baking tray
2 knives (one sharp and one blunt)
An oven

Step 2: Preheat the oven

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The most often forgotten part of baking, for me, is preheating the oven. Getting this bit right will make the later steps go much more smoothly.

You need to preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 5.

You will also need to turn on a hob to a low heat.

Step 3: Mix the butter and margarine

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You need to measure out 120g of butter, and 80g of margarine.

Melt them both in the deep saucepan over the low heat hob.

Step 4: Mix in syrup and sugar

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Now you need to measure out 160g of brown sugar and add it to the mix in the saucepan.

You also need to add 4 generous tablespoons of golden syrup to the mix.

Stir them all together until it's a nice thin fluid mix.

Step 5: Mix in extra ingredients and oats

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You'll need to measure out around 60g of your extra ingredient, although feel free to add more if you want to. 60g is a good starting point, you can always add extra when you're mixing if it looks sparse.

You then need to measure out 440g of oats. If you keep the extra ingredient on the scales then you're aiming for 500g. You like how that works? :)

On top of all of this you'll need the traditional pinch of salt that seems to go into everything.

Mix all of these into the saucepan.

It might be difficult to stir for too long. You just need to make sure all of the mix is the same. No uncovered oats or pools of liquid.

Step 6: Spread over a baking tray

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Once your mix all looks the same you need to spread it out evenly over a non-stick baking tray.

You can use the blunt knife to even out the mixture and give yourself some straight edges.

If you're putting fruit in then it may be helpful to push it underneath some of the oats, as it will cook a lot faster.

Step 7: Bake your mix

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Make sure that the oven has preheated and place the baking tray on a middle shelf.

Don't forget to make a note of the time, or use a timer if your oven has one.

In a fan assisted oven you'll need to check it after 8-10 minutes. If your oven isn't fan assisted then you'll want to take a look at that time, but probably leave it for another couple of minutes.

When the whole thing is a nice golden brown you need to remove it from the oven.

Step 8: Score the portions, cover, and leave

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When the flapjack has cooled down a little bit you need to score where your portions are. This is a lot easier while the flapjack is still warm. If the flapjack starts to fall apart when you're cutting then just let it cool down a bit more.

When you've scored the flapjack portions cover the baking tray with something like kitchen roll, or a tea towel.

You'll need to leave the flapjack to cool for a couple of hours. I know it's tempting to eat it sooner, but it'll still be warm in the middle and will fall to pieces if you eat it too soon.

Have patience! Enjoy.
FrozenIce3 years ago
so its a pancake?
essteeyou (author)  FrozenIce3 years ago
Not what I would ever think of as being a pancake. It contains no egg, no flour, and no milk (the three main ingredients of a pancake in England when I made them, and America when I ate them there).

As l8nite posted it is a lot more like what Americans call granola bars.
oh... cool!
l8nite3 years ago
languages can be so different and yet the same,by hob do you mean the burner on top of the stove or the pan that holds the ingredients, it doesn't really matter , we get the the point. Is golden syrup like a honey or more of a maple breakfast syrup? Of course maple syrup is more of an north american kind of thing. In the US flapjacks and pancakes are pretty interchangeable more of a cake like batter fried in a pan until golden brown, what you made looks and sounds more like what we would call a granola or oat bar but then again an english pudding and an american pudding are two very different dishes. Regardless of what this is called ( A rose by any other name) it looks and sounds delicious
essteeyou (author)  l8nite3 years ago
In England a hob is the place where you put a pan to heat it (where the flame is on a gas cooker, or the red rings on an electric cooker).

Golden syrup is basically just melted sugar. It's more like maple syrup than honey.

Pancakes in England are different to pancakes in the US. It gets very confusing at this stage.

George Bernard Shaw once said that England and America are two countries separated by a common language. I couldn't agree more right now.
That looks so so good. :D
essteeyou (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks, it was. :) I'm going to have to make it again some day soon now you've reminded me of the recipe.
I just made this! Delicious!
Seleziona5 years ago
What is a flapjack? (am i stupid?)
bwvalentine6 years ago
I had no idea that this was called a flapjack, lol. Can't wait to try it! Thanks!
essteeyou (author)  bwvalentine6 years ago
There are probably other names for it. :) Make sure you put plenty of syrup in. I didn't use enough on the batch in this instructable.