It goes something like this:
Me: "Let's see...a quarter of a cup of flour..."
Child 1: "Mama, can I have a cereal bar?"
Me: "Wait, a cup of flour...and two teaspoons of baking powder..."
Child 2: "Mommy, where's my DS?"
Me: "No, two of soda, only one of powder..."
Child 3: "Mama, can I have some juice?"
Me : "And three quarters of a cup of..."
Child 4: "Mama, is it my turn to choose [what gets watched on TV]?"
Me: "Three quarters..."
Child 1: "Mommy, no! It's my turn!"
Child 3: "Mama, are we going to the pool?"
Me: "Where's the white wine??"
And that was at 10 a.m.
So you can see that a recipe that contains a minimum number of ingredients, and spends most of it's time in a "hands off" state is practically a necessity. If what it delivers is also fun and tasty, well, bonus.
The recipe for "flapjack" in the March Bon Appetit magazine is just such a recipe. Flapjack, it would seem, is a British specialty, a sort of chewy oat bar. I checked my British cookbooks (of which I have three) and found no mention of it. No matter, I made it anyway. Five ingredients, a few minutes on the stove, into a pan in the oven, and 20 minutes later, a lovely little snack. I made it the first time and it was so quick and easy I was able to make it again a couple of nights later to take as a treat for my friends on the ferry. We often have these little morning nibbles, usually when it's someone's birthday. I figured we'd celebrate Tuesday with flapjack.
I made a couple of small changes and presented them to overwhelming approval. And so, because I also have a job, and need to get back to said job, I offer without further ado, my adapted recipe for flapjack.
This was the last bit of it left--I had to snap a picture quickly before it disappeared. Which it did about 12 seconds later.
adapted from Bon Appetit magazine
makes 16 triangles
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup Lyle's golden syrup (available at specialty stores and some grocery stores--it's with the maple syrup in mine)
2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned--they say "Cooks in 1 Minute!" on the label)
1/3 cup hazelnut meal (finely ground hazelnuts--I use Bob's Red Mill brand; you could also use almond meal)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 and spray an 8" square pan with cooking spray. Combine first three ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Heat stirring until butter is melted, sugar dissolves, and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and add oats and hazelnut meal, cinnamon and salt. Stir until well combined. Pat oat mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until outside edges are golden and crisp. Remove from oven and use a knife to loosen the mixture from the sides of the pan, and carefully cut it into four squares, and cut each square into four triangles. Do NOT attempt to remove the flapjack from the pan. It needs to cool completely in the pan. Once cool, it goes perfectly with tea.