Monday, July 12, 2010

British flapjacks - they're not pancakes!

My belief in the urban legend that flapjacks are pancakes was turned on its head recently by Molly Wizenberg, writer of Orangette, considered the world's top food and cooking blog.
   In her column in the March 2010 issue of Bon Appetit, Wizenberg writes about and presents a recipe for British Flapjacks (click here for the recipe at the epicurious website). It turns out flapjacks are like granola bars and are made with oats.
   The first time I made this recipe, I was pleased as punch when a former co-worker, who is British, said they were the best flapjacks she’s ever had.
   These are one of the treats I’m going to make for an upcoming family reunion. They are super-easy to make, will keep well during the trip and are family friendly.
   How do you make them?
   Butter, golden brown sugar and golden syrup (you’ll find this with the corn syrup in many supermarkets) are stirred together over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth.
   Quick-cooking oats are added off-heat, and the mixture transferred to a baking pan.
   After about 25 minutes in the oven, the baked oats mixture is cut into triangles, then cooled completely.

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