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HOT: Flapjacks by Rachel Allen


Rachel Allen is an Irish chef who’s very popular in the UK with her TV shows and cookbooks. She’s never really made a name for herself in Australia but when I lived in the UK I was given her recipe book by some colleagues. Occasionally I dip into ‘Food for Living‘ to make fuss-free, comfort food with a mostly British/Irish bent.

I haven’t had flapjacks since I was a child but I wanted to make a healthy, oaty snack for Lady AB that wasn’t Anzac Biscuits yet again (although they are excellent). These flapjacks are quick and easy to make with kids and use the same storecupboard ingredients as Anzac Biscuits. You can experiment with adding dried fruit and seeds to the mix – I like sunflower seeds as Lady AB can’t pick them out!

Flapjacks (makes 16+ flapjacks depending on how you slice it up)

350g butter
2 generous tbsp golden syrup
175g organic coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g plain flour
375g rolled oats
75g sunflower seeds (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Gently melt the butter, golden syrup, sugar and vanilla extract in a saucepan.  When the mixture is smooth, take off the heat, add the flour, oats and sunflower seeds and stir to mix.

3. Spread the mixture into a shallow roll tin measuring approx 25 x 35 cm.

4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutess until golden.  Cut into whatever size you want while still hot and then move to a wire rack to cool.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Good afternoon
    I just followed your lead and made the flapjacks this afternoon. I used the suggested amount of butter but they came out swimming in butter. Did you use the suggested amount or did you reduce?
    Love to hear from you.

    1. Hi Natalie

      Thanks for your comment. I did use the suggested amount and had butter bubbling on the surface when I pulled it out of the oven, but by the time they cooled they looked and tasted fine. Next time I might try to reduce the amount of butter (maybe 300g) to see whether it has a significant effect on the dryness/texture of the flapjacks. Let me know if you have another go!

      Cheers Joyce

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