Monday, April 10, 2006

Recipe for Crunchies (or Flapjacks UK!)

I promised this recipe the other day and even though I've been to a children's party, feel sugared out and the last thing I want to think about is sweet syrup biscuits, here it is.

Oat Crunchies (or Flapjacks)
90g plain flour
180g rolled oats
125g dessiccated coconut
pinch of salt
125g sugar
2.5 ml/1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
5 ml/ 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
30 ml milk

Combine flour, oats, coconut, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Gently melt together the butter and golden syrup, then stir into the dry ingredients. Dissolve the bicarbonate in the milk and add to the mixture stirring well. Tip into a greased baking tray, press down all over till even, with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350F/180C for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Cut into squares in tin then leave to cool for a while before taking out of the tin.

The subject of birthday parties can wait until another day, but here is one tip: for children and mothers who have over-indulged on sugar and junk food at a birthday party, take one Tissue Salt No.10 - Nat Phos before, during and after the party. This should reduce the monster effects of party food. Keep taking them every hour until normality is reached!


  1. These look fantastic! We call them pancakes or jonnycakes here...I will have to get out my metric converter!:)

  2. crunchies, or flapjacks uk?

    don't insult a good South African recipe by comparing it to a crappy flapjack

  3. Hey Djarn, I'm not comparing it to crappy flapjacks, but to the kind I used to bake in the UK - nice oaty crunchy ones... just like south african crunchies!!

  4. yay yay yay!! Thanks for sharing! My mum made these all the time but I keep forgetting to ask for the recipe, thank you!

  5. How many does this recipe make?!


  6. I hope you enjoy them, Tamela!
    Anon - it makes one average sized (36x26cm/10x14 inch) baking tray which can be cut into as many squares as you like. I usually cut it into about 30 squares.

  7. Thanks again Kit! I finally posted some pics of the batch I made, they turned out beautifully, and just as I remember them:

    Here are the conversions to US measurements, for anyone who's interested:

    90 g flour = 3/4 cup
    180 g rolled oats = 2 1/4 cup
    125 g dess. coconut = 1 1/3 cup
    125 g sugar = 1/2 cup
    125 g butter = 1/2 cup

  8. Just found this recipe, I am about to start a topic on South Africa with my primary school class next week and was wondering how many crunchies this makes? Or if you had any other recipes that are easy to make with kids? Thanks

  9. Hi Anon,
    It's a great recipe for kids to make. These quantities make one standard baking tray - see my above comment to another Anon for measurements. The great thing is you can cut it into as many squares as you like - say 24 larger ones or 35 smaller ones.

    My crustless milk tart recipe is also easy for kids to make if you have a food processor - it all goes into the machine and is whizzed up together.


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