Makes 18-20 pieces

*Flapjack is one of the easiest and quickest bakes to make and is always a crowd-pleaser. You can add some dried fruit like chopped cranberries if you wish, but press them well down into the mixture before it goes into the oven or the pieces may burn.*

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• 250g butter

• 250g Demerara or granulated sugar

• 350g rolled porridge oats

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 7, 210C (190C if you have a ‘hot’ fan oven. Butter a Swiss Roll tin.

2. Cut the butter into pieces and heat with the sugar in a large pan over a low heat until completely melted. The sugar will melt but not completely dissolve.

3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the oats and mix well. Pile into the prepared tin and smooth the surface.

4. Bake in the hot oven for 12-15 minutes, until the surface is golden brown. The mixture will still be almost bubbling and appear soft.

5. Allow the flapjack to cool in the tin, on a pot stand or cooling rack, for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the mixture in the tin. Cut into 18-20 squares, then leave until cold. Remove from the tin, either when set or when completely cold.

My Mum’s recipe, my Mum’s plate.

Top Tips:

• Use a sturdy a Swiss Roll tin/baking sheet as you have as the mixture gets very hot and lesser tins may buckle in the oven.

• This is such a simple recipe but, as the mixture does get so hot, do help little kids when getting this out of the oven if they want to make it themselves.

• I have 2 fan ovens in my kitchen: one (the hot one) relies on me setting temperatures 10-20C lower than recipes ask for, and the other (the cheaper and by far the better for even baking) is actually correct to dial, meaning you get the temperature in the oven that you set on the dial. You need to know your fan oven for good baking. If yours get dirtier than you would expect and food cooks quickly, check the instruction book again: see if it recommends you set lower temperatures than asked for in recipes.

• Fruit, yogurt and a small piece of flapjack is a very good pud!

• This bake keeps very well for 7-10 days.

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