There are some ingredients you just cannot substitute with satisfaction. Golden Syrup has to be one of those ingredients. These traditional flapjacks made with golden syrup have the right amount of chewiness and rich syrupy flavour that will have you going back for more.
Yesterday, I got to celebrate another year of climbing up the ladder. Otherwise know as my birthday. Admittedly, I am not a huge birthday person. I don't need special presents, formal parties, or extravagant trips. Just knowing that I survived another year is enough to be honest. I know it must make me sound bah humbug, but I'm not really. I do enjoy occasions, mostly when it happens to be someone else's birthday. Then I am all about the balloons, cake, singing from the rooftops and all the other cheer that goes with celebrating getting older. Yes, that I am good at.
So, when I woke up yesterday morning to find a Happy Birthday banner along with 4 wrapped presents on the dining table, I was touched. Thought someone may have broken in and busted out the birthday cheer, but touched. You see, the dear husband does birthdays far less than me. And by less, I mean non existent. If it were not for me making a fuss when our kids turn the calender to their special day, they would just have to rely on birthday cheer from afar. Thankfully, they have a Mom that remembers and makes a fuss. And by extension, a Dad that follows suit.
Inside the cute little pink butterfly paper there was chocolate, of course, some little glass tea light holders and a floor stand tripod for my camera. My! I was not only overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness but impressed with the accuracy of the need and desire for the presents. Need for the chocolate and desire for the tripod. Yes, in that order.
The chocolate is long eaten, the tea lights have had their inauguration and the tripod is anxiously awaiting it's first session.
He did good.
So what about these flapjacks.
Depending where you come from, you may have a different name for these. Although I am Canadian, these are not cereal bars, energy bites, muesli squares or granola bars. NO, they are Flapjacks. Why Flapjacks? Because that is what they are called in Britain and where they hail from. I can't seem to call them cereal bars when deep down I know they are a Flapjack. Plus, my mother in law passed this recipe along to me a whole bunch of years ago. And if you are just tuning in around these parts, she is from the great land of Flapjacks.
Flapjacks are so easy to make and require only four ingredients. Yes, four! All the mixing is done in one saucepan which requires very little clean up. Sometimes, it is great to have a recipe for a treat that is done in no time at all requiring very little ingredients. Well, Flapjacks could be just be what you are looking for.
Golden Syrup Flapjacks
Makes 16 / Prep time: 5 minutes / Bake time: 15 minutes
1 Cup butter/225 grams
1/2 Cup/100 grams brown sugar
1/2 Cup/175 grams golden syrup
3 1/3 Cups/300 grams rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and line with parchment paper an 8 inch baking tin. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup. Stir until melted and remove from heat. About 2-3 minutes.
Add the oats to the mixture and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, evenly spread out and press firmly down until even and tightly packed.
Bake between 15-18 minutes, until golden at the edges and still not quite set in the centre. Remove from oven and lay on a wire rack to cook completely.
Cut into 16 squares. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. Will freeze well.
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