Cooking is a great RainyDayGame for kids of all ages – little ones enjoy tipping the ingredients into the bowl (and invariably spilling most of the ingredients onto the floor); older children can help with the measuring out of flour etc – and everyone likes licking the spoon! You can also make it as easy or as complicated as you want… there’ll be a suitable recipe out there for everyone!
We often use this recipe if we want to have a quick, easy cooking session (or need a bit of a sugar rush). It’s very flexible, so adapts well to whatever you’ve got in the cupboards (and definitely doesn’t need a special trip out to the supermarket). It’s quick and simple to make – and the resulting flapjack is perfect for picnics and lunchboxes. (And goes well with a cuppa too).
You will need:
250g of rolled oats
150g of butter
75g of brown sugar (but any type will substitute well)
3 generous spoonfuls of golden syrup.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and thoroughly grease your baking tin. (A 20cm square tin is about right).
Put all ingredients apart from the oats into a pan, and heat slowly. Once it’s completely melted together, take the pan off the heat and add the oats. Mix together thoroughly, then tip it out into the tin and pat it down.
Bake for approximately 25 mins, until golden brown. Then tip it out onto a rack and leave to cool.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can jazz it up with whatever you fancy. Throw some chocolate chips in there when you stir in the oats, and you’ll get a lovely chocolatey version. Or chop up some dried fruit – apricots, figs, dates – and do the same. Mashing a banana in there results in a soft, moist flapjack, and if you are cooking for someone with a dairy allergy/intolerance, you can use soya butter instead of the real deal. In short, you can be as adventurous as you want – that’s why it’s so fabulous…