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How on earth do you make soft flapjacks?!

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onlyconnect Wed 08-Feb-17 13:39:58

Last week's were too hard, today's are chewy and falling apart. Today I used 125g butter and sugar, 225g oats, 3 tbsp syrup , 180 degrees for 15 mins. I would like soft Ines for my 3 year old.

steppemum Wed 08-Feb-17 13:58:39

you need flour.
My recipe is:
4 oz self raising flour
4 oz oats
pinch salt.

2 oz sugar
4oz butter
3 oz syrup

melt ingredients in pan, then mix with dried. Press firmly into tin.

180 degress for 15-20 minutes, take out when light golden brown, not dark gold. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then cut before complete;y cool.

It is more like a flapjack cake, but is totally delicious.

You can mix in chopped apricots, raisin, nuts, whatever you like.

RNBrie Wed 08-Feb-17 14:00:52

Op, please try the above recipe and report back.

I have never made a good flapjack and I can bake. Fucking flapjack nemesis.

CheeseFlavouredDiscs Wed 08-Feb-17 14:01:16

This is what you need. I swear by it, and everybody loves my flapjacks. There are very easy instructions on how to make them chewy or crunchy, or anywhere in between!

CheeseFlavouredDiscs Wed 08-Feb-17 14:02:30

Also, if you check your oats, the recipe I linked to above is gluten free.

steppemum Wed 08-Feb-17 14:15:57

yes the disadvantage to my recipe is that it contains flour which is no good if the reason for baking flapjack is a gluten free cake!

CaveMums Wed 08-Feb-17 14:26:25

Condensed milk helps to keep them soft

Newtssuitcase Wed 08-Feb-17 14:28:30

Yes I was just going to say condensed milk. Works on cookies too.

LemonBreeland Wed 08-Feb-17 14:30:07

My recipe is

10 oz oats
2 oz SR flour
6 tbsps. golden syrup
4 oz Demerara sugar
butter - forgotten how much butter. Will check later.

It is a recipe from an old bero book and is lovely and soft. My DC say they are the best, and any other don't compare.

yumscrumfatbum Wed 08-Feb-17 14:32:49

I use a combination of rolled and jumbo oats for texture. The trick is to use a deeper tin and cook them a bit cooler to stop them going too hard. I also cook the syrup butter mixture a little rather than just melting it, this gives them a toffeeish ooze

CakeUpWall Wed 08-Feb-17 14:41:32

Cheeseflavoureddiscs I'm dying to know just how you stumbled across that website in your link. I love it, by the way; a wonderfully eclectic mix of useful 'stuff'. So non-commercialised and straight down the line. And also quite sweet. smile

strawberrypenguin Wed 08-Feb-17 14:44:26

125g butter
100g sugar
250g oats
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
Saltanas if you want. I also like to grate in the zest of an orange and squeeze in the juice.
Bake in oven for 15 mins at 180

onlyconnect Wed 08-Feb-17 14:48:37

Thank you all. I'll make my next batch in about a week and report back.

steppemum Wed 08-Feb-17 15:23:13

A WEEK??????

we can't wait that long Op!

steppemum Wed 08-Feb-17 17:58:14

Ok, going to try Cheese's recipe tonight (for the kids of course wink)
Can't wait for a WEEK????!!!!! shock


DevelopingDetritus Wed 08-Feb-17 18:25:42

Not that it helps with softness but adding raisins is nice too.

SwearyGodmother Wed 08-Feb-17 18:27:45

When you melt the syrup and butter together don't let it boil. If you boil the syrup you get rock hard flapjacks.

Grumpbum Wed 08-Feb-17 18:28:45
This recipe is the best

321zerobaby Wed 08-Feb-17 18:29:04

I use brown sugar and jumbo oats, cook a bit cooler than 180.

Matchstickbox Wed 08-Feb-17 18:29:29

Try a fridge recipe instead of a baked one..?

RaisinsAndApple Wed 08-Feb-17 18:34:51

Wow, I was trying to crack the exact same problem today - I got soft but too crumbly today - I'm trying one of these next time!

SnugglySnerd Wed 08-Feb-17 18:35:53

They are my nemesis too! Going to give some of these ones a try.

WreckTangled Wed 08-Feb-17 18:38:51

Advance search (or google) soupdragon's flapjack recipe on mumsnet. It's the best.

Allington Wed 08-Feb-17 18:39:18

All the books say 'simple, great first recipe for DC'


Never managed it, but can produce respectable cakes and biscuits...

Wheresthattomoibabber Wed 08-Feb-17 19:00:12

4oz golden syrup
6oz demerara sugar
9oz butter (as in the real stuff)
melt over a low heat. Stir in 12oz of oats. Bake in a greased tin for about 15 minutes at 170. It's done when it's just starting to brown around the edges and isn't too sloppy when you jiggle it. Simple, effective.

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