A firm favourite treat for everyone in the family, Chocolate Flapjack is so easy to make. It’s one of those recipes that you probably have all the 5 ingredients for in your store cupboard already.
A British classic, it makes a nice accompaniment with an afternoon cuppa or to finish off your lunch with.
The history of the flapjack or flap-jack takes us back to the early 1500s although in those days it may have been a turnover or fruit tart folded. Hence the derivated name coming from the word fold. There is an old recipe called the Sussex Flapjack which is a sort of apple turnover.
They must have been popular way back in time as Shakespeare even mentions flapjacks in Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
In fact a flapjack was more of a fruit turnover or fruit tart all the way up until the early 20th century. Then this was taken over by what we Brits know as the good old oaty flapjack we see today. Made originally for using leftovers of oats, butter, sugar and syrup.
In USA the word flapjack is sometimes used as the name for a pancake. And in other countries like Australia what we call a flapjack, could be known as an an oat slice. Cereal bar or oat bar are used too in some English speaking countries.
If this, the basic recipe is a little too plain for you, why not 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
Store in an airtight container. This keeps for about a week.
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