Flapjacks were always a feature in my lunchbox when I was little. They’re one of my favourite treats, because they’re scrummy, easy to make, and cheap. They’re also nicely filling, so they make a wonderful afternoon or mid morning snack. They’re a good one to make with kids as they require little effort and no hot stoves. Just be careful when you take the bowl out of the microwave, as it will be hot.
You will need:
- 125g butter
- 100g dark brown sugar
- 25g golden caster sugar
- 100g golden syrup
- 250g rolled oats
- 250g dates, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 200°c.
- Put all your dry ingredients in a large bowl and pop into the microwave. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the butter has melted, take out and stir.
- Put back in the microwave for another couple of minutes until the sugar melts slightly – about 2 minutes.
- Mix well, and then add the chopped dates. You can buy them chopped already or – for bigger date pieces – you can buy the whole ones and just cut them in half. Mix the dates until they are evenly distributed.
- Butter a 13″ x 9″ dish and pour the flapjack mix into it. Press flat with the back of a spoon and smooth out.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges look cooked. Take out of the oven and cool on a cooling rack for at least 2 hours. They need this time to set and if you try and get them out sooner then they might crumble.
- Once completely cold, cut into squares or fingers and store in an airtight container.