I like flapjacks, although to be honest they aren't my favourite thing. However, my brother and my boyfriend love them. So being the wonderful sister and girlfriend that I am, I made this batch for them and sent it off in the post as a surprise. I love sending care packages to people, or surprise gifts and cards. Getting something nice unexpectedly in the post is the best feeling, and it makes me feel great in return to be able to give someone that feeling. Plain flapjacks are super easy to make, and I followed a basic recipe, but also jazzed them up a bit with fruit and chocolate.
First I melted 225g butter, 2 tbsp golden syrup and 225g soft brown sugar on a low heat. Keep stirring the mixture so the sugar doesn't burn.
It ended up looking like this. The butter sat on top of the sugar and didn't combine with it. I didn't know if this was meant to happen or not.
I poured 350g porridge oats into the pan and mixed until the oats were all coated with the mixture. I also squeezed in a bit more golden syrup! Then I added in some mixed dried fruit, I just put in how much I thought was enough
I put the mixture into a square pan greased well with butter and pressed it down. With a metal spoon dipped in hot water you can smooth out the top for a more even finish.
I baked on 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 for about 30 minutes. It should be golden all over.
I left it to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into squares. I did large squares as this was for two hungry boys!
I melted some milk chocolate and drizzled it over the flapjacks for extra indulgence!
Once the flapjacks were completely cool I took them out of the tray and snapped a few pictures before wrapping them in cling film and foil and sending them off to two very happy boys! I can't personally report on how they tasted. My brother is a man of few words, but my boyfriend described them as 'immense' so I was happy with that! These flapjacks keep for a week in an air tight container so are perfect for sending to friends and family. Let me know in the comments if you have ever posted any baked goods and what you sent!