Wednesday 20 June 2012


I don't think I've ever done a recipe on here, but my students have asked for my flapjack recipe after I inflicted some on them before each A-level exam, so I may as well share the love. This is a mutated form of a recipe I think my mum got from Mrs Beeton's book - I've adapted it for my own needs, and I think it's clear that I'm a biologist rather than a chemist or physicist...

200g butter/butter spread
200g demerara sugar
500g porridge oats
2 massive tablespoons of golden syrup

  1. If you remember, shove the oven on to about 180°C.
  2. Melt the butter or spread in a saucepan on a hob.
  3. When liquid, add the sugar and stir until it's all mixed in.
  4. Add the oats and stir well.
  5. Add the golden syrup and find someone with half-decent upper body strength to stir it a bit better.
  6. Grease a baking tray. Actually, sod that, just line it with kitchen foil, because otherwise you'll be chiselling flapjack off the tray.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tray and spread out with a wooden spoon until it's evenly distributed.
  8. Put in the oven and watch it intently until the edges look as though they might start to burn in the next minute or so.
  9. Remove from the oven and cut into pieces before allowing it to cool.
Once you have this basic recipe working, you can experiment. For instance, I did plain flapjacks for the Unit 1 exam, but then put a layer of milk chocolate cake covering over the top of cooled flapjacks for Unit 2. For Unit 4 the request came in for white chocolate and strawberry flapjacks, so I added two packets of dried strawberries to the flapjack mix, then poured white chocolate cake covering over the cooled flapjacks.

I have no idea what to bake for Unit 5.


  1. I like flapjacks with dried fruit in - raisins, apricots and fig. Helpful in more ways than one ;) Never tried with strawberry tho!

  2. MischievousBastard20 June 2012 at 19:22

    Still trying to find a source that confirms whether or not booze is still haram if the ethanol's been cooked off.


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