6 oz butter or marg.
6oz demerara sugar
8oz porridge oats

Melt the butter in a large pan with the sugar. Then add the oats and mix together well.

Tip the mixture into a greased Swiss roll tin and level out with a palette knife or fork.

Bake in the centre of the oven at gas mark 4, 180C or 350F for about 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and after a few minutes cut into squares or rectangles. Leave in the tin until cold.

Flapjacks are great for packed lunches as they travel well and what with all the oats in them they are at least a bit healthy. The so called healthy cereal bars which you can buy in supermarkets are unbelievably expensive – about £2.50 for 5 very small bars and I doubt if they do you any good.

Obviously this is a very basic flapjack recipe but you can have fun playing around with it. Try out different kinds of sugar or substitute some sugar with golden syrup or honey.

Add some spices like cinnamon or ginger for a change, or add dried fruit or nuts.

If you don’t mind being naughtier try mini marshmallows or chopped chocolate.

Darker Flapjacks

As you can see from my photographs I have done one batch with white sugar and another with dark brown, which gives a nice toffyish flavour.

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