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Feb 28, 2005 12:47 PM


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My English aunt used to whip up a snack she called "flapjack." I remember it had butter, sugar & (uncooked)oatmeal mixed and spread in a cake pan, then baked until crisp. It could have had flour as well but I'm not sure. I've tried recreating this on my own but I can't seem to get the proportions right. She would cut it into wedges for serving and it had some crunch but wasn't like a struesel or granola. Is anyone familiar with a similar recipe that they could share? Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: hoorah

      Thank you! I'll have to find some golden syrup & try this out. The prep seems a bit different from my memory but the basics sound the same - and tasty!

      1. re: eastiegirl

        Karo syrup would probably work- might even be the same stuff.

        1. re: Chris VR

          No it isn't! I'm sure if she had a English aunt she knows what it is.

          1. re: a

            I keep learning from all you chowhounds! See link below for "golden syrup" explanation.


            1. re: kc girl

              down in Florida, that product is sold as Pure(light) Cane Syrup. It is a mighty fine topping.

          2. re: Chris VR

            Karo syrup instead of golden syrup? Ick! To paraphrase Chris Rock: if you want golden syrup and all you can find is Karo syrup - then wait!

            1. re: Chris VR

              I just picked up a copy of Nigella's "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" last night and there is a flapjack recipe included. Hers uses corn syrup so I'll have to try both versions to see which is better! The things you have to endure in the name of science ;)

              1. re: eastiegirl

                There's an ingredient typo in that recipe (saw it on and I can't remember if it was the UK or US version. BTW, all references to golden syrup have been changed to corn syrup in the US edition.

                1. re: Athena
                  Caitlin McGrath

                  That's a shame, since it's not that hard to find Lyle's golden syrup in the US, and it has a much better flavor than light corn syrup.

            2. re: eastiegirl

              Good luck with the Golden Syrup - they now sell it in tins in my grocery store, but the last time I bought it in America it was in a glass jar that I (of course) promptly dropped on the floor. What a mess!

              On a separate note, I feel like flapjack is the English equivalent of rice krispie treats... (and I love both!) Yum!

            3. re: hoorah

              I've made this recipe twice now, results on the thread linked below.