Glenorchy Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a traditional British treat…this version coming by way of Glenorchy on the South Island of New Zealand.

Flapjacks have nothing to do with pancakes, which is what comes to mind, but rather more like a granola bar. It is all about the oats…and Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which is also British. The syrup is made from refining sugar cane, or sugar beet juice, into sugar. It had a butterscotch flavor to me and was the consistency of honey.

The bars are easy to make…consisting of oats, coconut, crystallized ginger, and dried cranberries…held together with a melted mixture of butter, brown sugar, and Lyle’s. The batter is smoothed out into a pan, sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked until golden.

We are cautioned against over-baking…that they will firm in the cooling but I seemed to have under baked mine because I didn’t get really nice, tight bars. They tasted great but not the prettiest when separated…seemed a bit more like big granola clumps. 🤷‍♀️. So, either I didn’t push down enough on the batter in the pan, or I slightly under baked them…or maybe a little bit of both.

I am happy to say they did firm up a bit more by the next day…not super pretty squares, but at least squares haha.

We liked these! I think anyone who enjoys granola bars, or anything with oats, would be a fan. It was a nice change from our usual go-to.

This one is a keeper!

3 thoughts on “Glenorchy Flapjacks

  1. I had the same idea as you regarding the picture. I served these as a cookie after dinner and it did not go well. I did like mine better the second day for breakfast.

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