A firm favourite treat for my son, Chocolate Flapjack is so easy to make. It’s one of those recipes that you probably have all the ingredients for in your store cupboard already.

It makes a nice accompaniment with an afternoon cuppa  or to finish off your lunch with. If the basic recipe is a little too plain for you, spice it up a little by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or by throwing a handful of chopped mixed nuts, fruit, or chocolate drops into the oat mixture.

To make the Chocolate Flapjack

You will need:

220g porridge oats

140g unsalted butter

125g light brown soft sugar

1 tbsp golden syrup

For the Topping:

150g dark chocolate

A square 8 inch (20cm) cake tin greased and lined

Preheat the oven to 160C/320F/gas 3

Method:

First, weigh out the oats into a large mixing bowl.

Put the butter, sugar and syrup into a heavy based saucepan and warm over a gentle heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.

Once this has melted , mix well with the oats and add any of your chosen extras at this point if using them.

Pour the whole mixture into the baking tin and level it out, pressing down flat with a spatula.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Once baked leave to cool completely.

Chop up your chocolate and melt using a microwave. Stop it every 20 seconds and give the chocolate a quick stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted. By checking, you ensure you are not burning it.

Pour the chocolate over the flapjack base and leave to cool and harden.

Once firm, cut into portions and enjoy.

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Store in an airtight container. This keeps for about a week.