I adore history, Britain and food. And today I touch on all. Our topic? Flapjacks. I know what’s in your head, how the heck are Flapjacks relevant to Britain? This is a good question and the answer is that you my friend are stuck in your little American mindset. I’m not talking about the golden brown ( or black depends on how good a cook you are) discs of fluffy goodness slathered in butter and dripping with syrup that we call pancakes. Though addictive, there’s another kind of flapjacks, these are oat bars that are cooked in a sheet pan and vary in texture between chewy and soft to hard and flaky; there made of round oats and kept together with honey, brown sugar, butter and at times yogurt or cream. Anything can be added to flapjacks such as dried fruits, nuts, toffee, candies and can also be coated in chocolate or caramel. Flapjacks origins come from England and Ireland with history that goes back to the 17th century! We know this from it being mentioned in The Oxford English Dictionary and, believe it or not, a Shakespearian play.
“Come, thou shant go home, and we’ll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.”
- There a bit like our granola bars…..