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Serves 16

a yummy treat for everyone in the family.

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  • 225g of oats
  • 50g of butter
  • 75g of sugar
  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup
  • and
  • any other dried friuts you like.


    1. place the butter,sugar and syrup in a pan.
    2. melt ingredients til liquid
    3. add the oats into the pan, and stir
    4. place the mixture into a tin
    5. bake for 25 mins, til golden brown
    6. leave to cool for 10 - 15 mins

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Carol Loughlin's picture
Carol Loughlin
13th Jul, 2019
Having looked at the comments I started at 150gms of oats and added more at 25gm increments until it looked right at 200gms. I added dried fruit and seeds and put a jammy layer in the middle. I am disappointed at the tone of some of the comments. Yes the oven temperature was omitted as was the pan size but that information was easy to find (or even use your common sense) without being rude to the poster. Who knows, it may have been the first recipe that they submitted in which case it would be easy to forget things. It says quite clearly at the top of the page that recipes are not tested therefore it makes sense to read through the whole thing before deciding whether you want to follow it. Please people, let's show a little more tolerance and respect. In a world where you can be anything be nice.
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Julie Little
25th Jan, 2019
I read the comments when it was on the hob !! So I put another heaped table spoon of syrup in the mixture and also threw in a hand full of cornflakes, and it’s just turned out fine ... and I cooked it in the oven 180 for 15 mins
2nd May, 2018
Not a good recipe for a child to follow. No oven temperature, no advice on preparing the baking tin. Bit of a failure.
28th Apr, 2018
Why do BBC Good Food publish recipes that do not work. Wish I had spent the time looking for a flapjack recipe that works.
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jeanette Mann
27th Mar, 2018
Hi, I made some this morning after trying different recipes, checked other people comments so did add a little more syrup.......also I did used unsalted butter as I have used buttery or margarine with no success.
18th Feb, 2018
Wish I’d read comments, but trusted website and just went and followed instructions. Lesson learnt!!
1st Oct, 2017
Nice taste but like other comments made, mixture doesn't bind the ingredients together well enough. Having said that, perhaps in a smaller tin and more compacted, that may work. I shall give it another go. Oh, I also cooked them on gas mark 4 for 30mins.
5th Jul, 2017
NOPE!!!!!! Thoroughly awful. Not enough sugar, butter and syrup to hold everything together
1st Mar, 2017
So glad I read comments before I put in oven. I was just thinking that it was dry, it was only searching for oven temp that in the comments re wrong amounts
Lavinia123's picture
22nd Feb, 2017
Should have read the comments first! Not enough wet mixed to oat quantity, had a crumbling mess. Not a complete failure tho, used it as a crumble topping for an apple and pear crumble. Really yummy!


E AND C GYM's picture
31st Jul, 2018
tried this recipe at my friends house amd.worled.ok, I doubled the recipe at home and it's not sticking together at all! have any tips to fix this?
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Tracy Chippendale
12th Sep, 2019
This has to be the most basic recipe I have ever come across. Ok use unsalted butter, Demerara sugar, 5 tbs of syrup, when melting the ingredients make sure the sugar has dissolved. Prep a baking dish no bigger than 20x20cm by lining it with foil and generously cover with butter. Once you’ve mixed in the oats to the melted ingredients, poor into baking dish and push down with a metal spoon, (if it stick to ingredients run spoon under cold water tap) till all corners are filled and it looks flat, Cook at 180 degrees for the allotted time. Good luck!
9th Feb, 2019
I am a Baker of 30 years & I can only guess that the wieghts have been incorrectly input as it obviously worked for the lady who posted it but! The percentages are wrong which is why so many people are having failures. A plain Flapjack (for the best results) needs to be made with jumbo rolled oats, if you take the oats weight as being 100% i.e 500gms. Butter needs to be at 60% of the oats weight ie 300gms, our old Bakery recipe didn't use sugar just golden syrup at 50% of the oats weight i.e 250gms. finally a pinch of salt, yes salt. Chuck in a base lined 8" x 10" tin or whatever you have that it fits in so it is a sensible flapjack thickness. Bake for 25 mins (or until golden brown on top) @ 180c/350f or gas 4. If your oven bakes a bit wonky just turn half way through.
E AND C GYM's picture
31st Jul, 2018
Double the recipe because the quantities are very small
1st Aug, 2014
bake them at 180 degrees for the first 5 mins then bake at 160 degrees for the next 10 mins