Day 7: 5 Feb 2018
Recipe 6: Flapjacks
Book: Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, pg 191
Ah, flapjacks. Sweet, chewy, oaty bars of deliciousness. I’ve been wanting to make you little guys for a while now.
The first flapjack I ever had was a Belgian chocolate one from Marks and Spencer about 3 years ago while in Oxford on audit and man oh man I am still tempted by those flapjacks every single time I go into an M&S. Mmmm SO GOOD!
Back in SA flapjacks are not what they are here, we don’t really have anything of the sort, the closest you might get is a granola bar. The flapjacks I grew up loving are what the rest of the world might refer to as a crumpet or American style pancake.
Anyway, a flapjack is a soft sweet oat bar that is made from oats, butter, sugar and syrup as a traybake. The fact that Riaan calls my flapjacks “oat crunchies” is a dead give away that they didn’t quite turn out the way I hoped they would.
SO. This is where I think I went wrong. Mary says “Melt the butter in a large pan along with the sugar and syrup, and then stir in the oats.” I tried to melt the sugar, it was taking forever. I may have gotten a little impatient and not melted the sugar completely. Mary says Grease a 30 x 23 cm traybake or roasting tin. I did not have one so I used my swiss roll tin, it’s a little bigger. I did try to make a wall with baking parchment so that the tin was the right size but the wall just politely moved out of the way when the batter started to spread during baking, resulting in thinner than planned flapjacks. These unintentionally thin flapjacks then baked quicker, obvs, and since I was unaware that my flapjacks had thinned out I left them in the oven for the time stated in the recipe and they ended up overbaking. And so we ended up with oat crunchies.
I think this is a pretty straightforward recipe, the success lies in the bake – they should be chewy, if they are overbaked they will end up as oat crunchies. Which BTW are still delicious and you can dunk them in your tea so I guess it’s kinda a win-win either way.
Will I make it again? And what will I do differently next time?
I’ll definitely make them again, they are so nice to have in your lunchbox. As for what I’ll do differently…I’ll practice the art of patience and melt my sugar properly. I’ll also be buying a traybake tin this weekend because there are a few traybakes coming up and I love having an excuse to go to Lakeland.