This Instructable will show you how to make nice chewy flapjack containing fruit, nuts, or basically anything you like.
Step 1: Get Your Things Together
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 deep saucepan
A baking tray
2 knives (one sharp and one blunt)
Step 2: Preheat the Oven
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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