Saturday, 1 October 2011

Mary Berry's Fast and Furious flapjacks

Tomorrow the final of The Great British Bake Off will be screened. What will Tuesdays be without soggy bottoms and leaning-towers-of-croquembouche?

To celebrate this most brilliant of baking shows I thought I'd bake. But of course!

And bake a Mary Berry recipe. Queen Mary, author of 70 cookbooks (one for each year of her very very productive life), whose icy disapproval over your misshapen brandy snaps you would certainly not wish to experience.

I choose to make a flapjack and learnt Lesson #358 of Baking: Do Not Bake in a Hurry (cue Mary's  icy disapproving stare). Similar to Rob in the Bake Off, I had timing issues. In that I forgot they were still in the oven and they were a little (okay, a lot) overbaked.

To the extent where they could not be removed from the baking tin. I actually broke into a small perspire and broke a wooden spoon trying to get them out.

So I thought to myself: 'What would Mary do?'

I decided she would definitely not throw the entire thing in the bin then throw herself to the floor kicking and screaming at the injustice (Plan A). No, our Mary is a resourceful lady. And so I must too be resourceful!

In the end I had the (ahem, even if I say so myself) ingenious idea of soaking the bottom of the tin in boiling water for a few minutes to loosen the flapjacks. It worked! But I'm not convinced it would earn me Star Baker...

Mary Berry's fast muesli flapjacks

225g butter, softened
225g demerara sugar
75g golden syrup
175g muesli
100g oats

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/fan140C/Gas Mark 3 and grease a 30 x 23 cm tin
2. Melt the butter in a large pan along with the sugar and the syrup. Once melted stir in the oats and muesli and mix well
3. Spoon into the prepared tin and flatten
4. Bake for 35 minutes until pale and brown

  • This recipe is for the more traditionally crunchy flapjacks (very crunchy in my case)
  • If you don't have any muesli, simply use oats
  • I wonder, if Mary Berry was tabloid fodder, a regular in gossip magazines what she would be known as? In the style of 'K-Middy' and 'Brangelina' would Mary be known as 'The M-Bezzz'? 


  1. My mother-in-law would love these flapjacks - I made them quite a lot for my family and whenever I offer her one she always goes for the crispy edges! I'm really going to miss GBBO - but looking forward to seeing the celebrity version!

  2. This looks awesome, and simple. Would love to give it a try

  3. hahah I love this post! I've had her judge my baking before but luckily she was utterly lovely! Though I really don't like she's put her name on ready made cake mixes in Waitrose...

    Nom! x

  4. these look great! I have to say I have not been hugely successful at flapjacks but will have to give these a try. x

  5. Flapjacks look delish!



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