This afternoon Star and I made "porridgies" (flapjacks). Star used to enjoy the Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick. So did I ... they are nice gentle picture books about a little girl living on a Scottish island with her mother and grandparents, if I remember rightly.* Three or four years ago we borrowed a Katie Morag collected storybook (title long forgotten!) from the library which included this recipe, and have used it ever since. It is quick, easy and child friendly (though my tolerance for stickiness isn't high enough to let Star loose with the golden syrup!).
100g / 4oz butter
75g / 3oz soft brown sugar
30ml / 2 tablespoons golden syrup (light corn syrup)
200g / 8oz rolled oats (porridge oats)
pinch of salt
Melt butter in a large pan over a low heat.
Add sugar and syrup and salt. Mix well.
Stir in rolled oats. Mix very well.
Spread mixture evenly in tray with palette knife.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, till goldie brown.
Take out of oven. Let cool a little.
Mark in squares or fingers with knife.
Leave in tray till cold.
Put pieces in an airtight tin.
* One caveat: Katie Morag's parents are divorced or separated, though this is more apparent in some books than others.