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Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 - 08:45

Flapjacks: a British snack

by KatiedeS

The other day I was talking to an American friend about how I wanted to make flapjacks. We went out to buy the ingredients at the supermarket together and she was very confused as to why I was buying porridge oats. As it turns out, flapjacks are a completely different thing in the United States from what we have in the United Kingdom. In fact, if an American person talks about a flapjack, they will usually be describing a pancake. I spoke to some of my French friends about flapjacks too, and they haven't come across them before either! After doing some research online, I discovered that flapjacks originate from the UK so really are a truly British snack.

Flapjacks, as we know them in the UK, are sweet tray-baked oat bars made from oats, butter, sugar and golden syrup or honey. You can also add yummy extras such as dried fruit, chocolate chips or nuts to make them a bit more exciting. Here's my flapjack recipe if you want to have a go at making them at home. They're really easy to make but can be very moreish!


  • 250g porridge oats
  • 125g butter
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons golden syrup or runny honey


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Melt the butter over a low heat.
  3. Add the sugar and golden syrup and stir until it dissolves.
  4. Remove from the heat and mix in the porridge oats.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large lined or greased baking tin and squish down using the spoon.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden.
  7. Once cooked, leave them to cool for 15 minutes then cut into squares.
  8. Eat and enjoy!
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Have you ever tried flapjacks? What's your favourite thing to bake at home?

Submitted by reginakh on Sun, 04/21/2019 - 16:25

This recipe seems to be really delicious:) I want to share my variant of a healthy snack. You need: -1 cup of dates -1/2 cup walnut -1 tablespoon coconut milk -1 tablespoon honey Method: 1.Put walnut in a bowl with warm for 1 hour water to make nuts smoother. 2.Remove pips from dates 3.Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for a minute. 4.Make balls or bars of this mass. 5. Freeze for 30 min. 6. Your snack is ready!

Submitted by AnastasiyaBaskakova on Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:59

I got hungry while reading your recipe...) I haven't tried flapjacks yet, but I really want to, becuse your recipe is mouth-watering...))) Now, I want to share my recipe with you. It's called "tender cutlets". We need: chicken fillet, champignons, cheese, mayonnaise. Firstly, we need to make ground chicken with mushrooms Secondly, we need to grate cheese Thirdly, we should butter the baking tray sculpt cutlets put them on the baking tray put mayonnaise on them sprinkle cheese Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees, put the baking tray into the oven, cook it for 40-50 minutes I like it to be served with mashed potatoes on the side. I hope you'll try to cook it, because it's my favourite dish! Thank you for your recipe!

Submitted by nikita on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:00

There is an old recipe of my mom for Cranberry Pecan Cookies Ingredients 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened 1 cup chopped pecans 2/3 cup white baking chips 2/3 cup dried cranberries 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough, pecans, chips, cranberries and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

Submitted by MarchRaccoon on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:18

It looks soooo delicious *-* I'll try it some day. And here's my favorite recipe for butter shortbread. You need: 1 cup/8 ounces butter (softened) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 cups/9 ounces all-purpose flour 1. Heat the oven to 300 F / 150 C / Gas 2. 2. Combine butter and sugar, then add flour. 3. Make small cookies with the your favorite shape. 4. Bake it for 30-40 min. until just lightly browned. 5. Enjoy! P.S. You can also add a little bit of ground ginger or cinnamon

Submitted by blossomingsoul on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 19:57

Thank you for this fantastic recipe! And I would like to share with you the easiest recipe of cheescake. Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9", and whose height is at least 1 1/4". Preheat the oven to 350°F. Make the crust by stirring together 130 gr. cracker crumb, 30 gr. confectioners' sugar, 74 gr. melted butter and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides. Make the filling by mixing together the room-temperature cream cheese ( 2 large packages or 450 gr) and granulated sugar (150gr) until smooth. Mix in the eggs (2 large eggs) and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature. Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired; this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust. Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield; or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). A digital thermometer inserted into the crust 1" from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F; the filling won't look entirely set in the center. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you're ready to serve it :)

Submitted by blueskiesforever on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 19:49

Hello guys! This recipe seems to be very interesting and quite easy to cook. I think I will give it a try one day! I'd also love to share my favourite recipe with you. My grandma and I cook dumplings every Sunday. All you need to do is stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in medium size bowl. Then cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk to make a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling stew. Cover and simmer 15 minutes without lifting lid. Serve. To make parsley dumplings, add 1 tablespoon parsley flakes to the dry ingredients! :) There's nothing difficult at all and yet so yummy! You can also add some sour cream on the top when they're cooked.

Submitted by ats_mvn on Sun, 04/14/2019 - 17:41

Cooking cupcakes does not take much time. To prepare a simple dessert can with minimal products and time. The cupcake with the addition of sour cream turns out very tasty and tender, and the smell of vanilla will make you want to taste it immediately. The recipe for the cupcake When it is necessary to prepare a sweet dessert, but no time at all, will always help the recipe of the cupcake. The most popular types of muffins are the muffins. The preparation is not time consuming, and they are always extremely tasty. With a minimum of food in the fridge, you can start baking the cake is, when the guests at the door. In that case, if you have different ingredients, you can try to cook a fancy dessert. Cupcake sour cream gives a very delicate, airy, and most importantly useful.
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