Thursday, July 19, 2012

British Flapjack

When my sister who lives in England visited us in February, 
she brought me all the yummy snacks I asked from England,
she brought something new for me to try.
It was Mark & Spencer's Flapjack.

Flapjack? Pancake???
 British Flapjack is not like an American flapjack which is a pancake,
the british flapjack is an Oat bar.

I was convinced I'm not going to like it. I don't know why but I was!
My sister promised, once I tried the flapjack, I'll be craving for it.

Oh boy was she right!
I was so sad when we finished the whole tub she brought.
England is too far to get me some Flapjacks.
So I surfed the net for the recipe.
Tried various ones, recipes that called for no butter, one with no condensed milk,
a ton of butter all 2 sticks of it, lots of sugar and corn syrup.
That's a heart attack and diabetes waiting to happen.
Experimented on my own version 2-3x until I finally got it to my liking.
A not too sweet less buttery recipe.
Just Right Recipe.
I have 2 versions of this recipe, a mommy version and the kids version.
My kids did not like the consistency of the old fashioned oats so I used the quick oats. 
 See my note for the substitution.


8 tbsp butter (1 stick)
2 tbsp light corn syrup (can substitute with honey)
1/2 demerara or turbinado sugar
1/2 a can condensed milk
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
a pinch of salt and baking soda



  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.

  • In a bowl combine all dry ingredients, oats, flour, dessicated coconut, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add sugar, butter and syrup/honey.
  • Constantly stir to avoid from sticking and burning at the bottom of the pan.
  • Take off the heat, add condensed milk, stir until blended.
  • Add all dry ingredients to the mixture. Mix well.
  • Transfer mixture into lined baking tin, spread evenly, no need to press down.

  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  • Let cool.
  • Cut into small pieces.


  • You can add any of the following to the recipe:

                        1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
                        1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
                        1/2 cup apricots
                        1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
                        1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
                        1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  • For the Kids version, I used 2 1/4 cups Quick Oats in replacement of the 2 cups old fashioned and 1/4 quick oats.


  1. I've heard of flap-jacks, but have never tried them. These sound great! I just love the determination you put into getting these right to your satisfaction

    1. Ellen,

      This is a must try recipe.
      Once you've had it, you'll get hooked.
      The reason why I couldn't stop trying to get the recipe just right. :)

  2. Your photography is sooo beautiful OMG! these look great!

    1. Thanks Ashlee! You're so sweet!
      I guess watching the DVD How To that came with my camera paid off. ;)

  3. These sound so good! The pictures are great! I absolutely love that cake plate! Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog! I'm a follower of yours now too!

    1. Thanks Kristen! Welcome to The Red Apron.
      I'm hoping we can both share ideas.
      You with your great fashion sense.
      And I'm hoping I can share some of my good eats with you.


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