Traditional Flapjack as we know is so quick and easy to make ( less than 30 minutes). The flapjack is staple tray bake and finds its way into lunch boxes, picnics, on the tea tray, as part of an Afternoon Tea - in fact flapjack is everywhere.
Sometimes you may want to jazz up this simple cake, maybe for a special occasion or simply to ring the changes. This luxury flapjack costs a little more than the regular style as it contains a rather luxurious ingredient - stem ginger.
What I love about this recipe is it is not written in stone; add more or less ginger according to your taste. You can also add in extra fruits if you wish, and dried cranberries are the tops as they match so well with the ginger.
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- 3/4 cup/200 grams unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons golden syrup (or corn syrup)
- 2 cups/330 grams porridge oats
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 pieces stem ginger (roughly chopped)
- 4 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
- Optional: dried fruits
- Butter a 23cm x 33cm / 9"x 13" baking tin. Line out the bottom with baking parchment.
- Place the Golden Syrup and the butter into a saucepan and heat very gently. The slower the better as you don't want to burn the syrup. Once the butter stir them together really well.
- Put the oats into a large baking bowl, add the salt and pour over the butter and syrup mixture. Stir this mixture really well making sure the oats are well covered.
- Add the chopped stem ginger, the syrup and stir once again, this time to make sure the ginger is evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread eusng a spatula to make sure the surface is even.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven while the flapjack is still slightly soft.
- Place the tin on a wire cooling rack and cut the flapjack into squares and leave in the tin until completely cold.
What could be easier?
Alternatives for a Traditional Flapjack RecipeThe recipe above is a luxury version of traditional flapjack, but there are also many, many alternatives - restricted only by your imagination.
A few of my favourites ...Coconut Flapjack - use the same amount of oats and add in 2oz/55g of dessicated coconut and continue with the recipes above.
Apricot and Honey Flapjack - a healthier recipe than the traditional flapjack. Make using 3½oz/100g butter with 3oz/85g soft brown sugar and 3 tbsp honey, 12 oz/350g oats mixed with 3½oz/100g dried apricots, finely chopped and 1 small banana, mashed.
Nuts and Seeds - add 2 tbsp chopped mixed nuts and 2 tbsp of mixed seeds such as pumpkin and/or sunflower to the basic mixture.