I am happy to say that I joined a baking group called Sweet and Simple Bakes. See the cute little cupcake picture on my sidebar. I am much more of a cook than a baker so I thought this would be a good opportunity to get better at baking. Our first bake was flapjacks. I have never made these before nor had I even heard of them. I always thought of flapjacks as pancakes. These are very popular in the UK. I would describe them as a bar cookie that tastes like a very rich granola bar.
It was a little tricky measuring ingredients as I didn’t have a scale and had to convert everything from European measurements. I did manage to figure everything out even though I think my measurements were off somewhat. The bars came out fine and my six year old son liked them. The best part of the bake was being able to use Lyle’s Golden Syrup. I have been wanting to try it. This was the perfect time to do so since that is what the recipe called for. Now I will have to find some other recipes to use up the rest of the syrup.
Raisin and Chocolate Flapjacks (Makes 12)
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes
100g demerara sugar (I substituted turbinado)
200g golden syrup
250g rolled oats
75g plain flour
100g dried raisins ( other dried fruits can also be used, blueberries, apricots, etc)
100g chocolate, chopped(white, dark or milk chocolate can be used)
Preheat the oven to 170C/ Gas 3. Line a 23cm square tin with baking paper (please do not use greaseproof).Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large pan over a low heat (stirring occasionally), until the butter and sugar have completely melted.Add the rolled oats, flour and cranberries to the pan, and stir together well. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then mark into 12 squares – but don’t cut all the way through. Allow to cool in the tin completely.Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over each bar.(When melting chocolate you use a heatproof bowl over a low simmering saucepan of hot water but making sure the water is not hitting the bottom of the bowl.)