Flapjacks: delicious English biscuit
This ancient English recipe has everything a tasty snack should have. It is delicious in taste, healthy, very easy to make, ready quickly and offers room for many variations. This snack is a cross between butter cake and a muesli bar, but extra tasty!
With Flapjacks you bring pure English tradition into your home. The name Flapjack was already used in the 17th century. Then there was still reference to a flat cake. This old flapjack was more like a pancake.
Since 1935, the name Flapjack has been used for the oatmeal biscuit. This only applies in England. In the United States, Flapjacks is also spoken of, but this refers to the flat pancake. Furthermore, Flapjacks can be found in Australia.
The recipe probably arose from the need for a cheap and simple alternative to cake. The cakes were made with ingredients that were available. Traditionally, flapjacks are eaten in Britain when the children come home from school.
- Ingredients for 12 flapjacks
- 225 grams of oatmeal
- 180 grams of sugar; brown caster sugar or cane sugar
- 180 grams of butter
- Butter cake tin or baking tray
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a pan
- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved in the butter.
- Add the oatmeal. Stir well until the oatmeal is completely covered with butter and sugar.
- Grease the baking tray or tin and pour in the batter.
- Bake the cake for about 20 minutes until it is golden brown.
- Let the cake cool for a while. Cut the cake into twelve pieces while it is still warm. When it is cold, it is no longer easy to cut.
- Only take the cake out of the tin when it is almost cold. If you take it out while it is still warm, the cake can easily crumble.
There are countless variations to these tasty cakes:
Replace 80 grams of the sugar with honey.
The English traditionally use a little less sugar and add 3 tablespoons of Golden Syrup. This is a syrup that can best be compared to our cane syrup. However, the taste is softer and the syrup is slightly thicker. It is yellow in color. In the Netherlands it is only available at a few supermarkets. It is a very tasty syrup for bread and other applications such as Flapjacks.
Fruit flap jackets
Replace 80 grams of the sugar with jam or add 50 grams of chopped dried fruit pieces.
Replace 100 grams of the oatmeal with grated coconut.
Nut flap jackets
Add 50 grams of chopped walnuts.
Sesame seed flapjacks
Add 50 grams of sesame seeds.
Chocolate flap jackets
Chop a chocolate bar into pieces. Add 50 grams of chocolate when the batter is ready, but is still in the pan. Then put the batter in the baking tin.
Butter biscuit flapjacks
Replace 100 grams of the oatmeal with flour. The biscuit then tends more towards butter biscuit.
Add 50 grams of bran or use muesli instead of oatmeal.
Use butter instead of margarine.
Heat the oven 20 degrees. You can also achieve this effect by placing the baking tray higher in the oven.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds over the cake before it goes into the oven.
- Spread a thin layer of Cane Syrup or Golden Syrup over the cake with a spoon after it comes out of the oven.