Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Molly Wizenberg's British FlapJacks (Granola Wedges)

Confession. Remember when I told you I attended a blogger conference at SWSW where famed Orangette blogger Molly Wizenberg was a panelist? Well, while I'm a huge fan of her blog and even own her first book, A Homemade Life, I'd never actually made one of her recipes before. Talk about a poser.

I've redeemed myself by making this delicious recipe of hers - a genius spin on granola bars. Not sure where the British or flapjack part comes in but it makes it more fun to say at least. These are dangerously easy to make and even easier to eat. I'll even go as far as to call them life saving. (When we were in Houston for the Final Four, we got back to our hotel room late to find out they didn't have room service after 10:00. Seriously. We were too tired to run out so we feasted on some of these bars I had brought along on a whim. Boom. Starvation averted!)

Another confession. I have yet to open her book that I bought over a year ago. It's on my list of things to do along with shaving my legs more often and sending thank you cards. Wish me luck with that.

British FlapJacks
Bon Appétit | March 2010
by Molly Wizenberg, additions in italics are mine and I used salted butter.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup*
2 1/3 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant or old-fashioned)
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 8 x 8 x 2-inch metal baking pan. Combine first 3 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until butter melts, sugar dissolves, and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add oats and salt; stir until coated. Fold in cinnamon and cranberries if adding. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and spread out in even layer.

Bake until top is golden (edges will be darker), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes. Cut into 4 squares; cut each into 4 triangles (mixture will still be soft). Cool completely in pan before serving.
* A type of syrup popular in Great Britain; available at some supermarkets, specialty foods stores, and British import shops.


Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

I never quite understood why room service isn't at your beck and call at any hour. It should be with the prices these hotels charge for a night! Sounds like these delicious bars came in handy.

Jenn said...

LOL... poser... I haven't heard that word in a long time!! Takes me back!!!
I wonder why the British call them FlapJacks? Or are we the only ones that call pancakes flapjacks? Whatever, they look great and they sound way too easy for sure!!

Pegasuslegend said...

These look delicious! What a great read too... I enjoyed reading this one for sure!

Jennifurla said...

LOL, girl break out the razor and slip on a skirt! ha.

CUte post.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh thank god you had these yummy bars to feast upon! WTH room service?? That's ok I can guarantee that these bars were better than roomservice anyway :) I'm a poser like you too - love cookbooks but don't cook out of them. Whats our problem? LOL :)

Velva said...

The bars certainly look like they can part of a healthy snack. Very cool.


Design Wine and Dine said...

Mmmm, these look soooo good!!! You're so're not a poser...I have so many cookbooks I haven't used yet, but they sure are pretty to look at! XO

savoringeverybite said...

Alisa, thanks for stopping by my blog! It's nice to meet you and you have some great recipes posted. I'll be checking on your posts often. I like the few ingredient granola bar recipe; in a pinch I could whip it up with basic ingredients - I actually do have the golden syrup! Your salmon dish is also a must try! Looks delish!