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Scones and Flapjacks – two UK recipes

20 czerwca 2016, poniedziałek,

We know you enjoy British Culture but do you enjoy British food?  Today, we thought we’d share two very British recipes which you may have tried if you have visited the UK – Scones and Flapjacks.  These two sweet treats are easy to bake and very scrummy.   Enjoy reading and let us know if you try baking them.  

A recipe to make SCONES by Daisy B

It may not be the weather for it but you can never beat sitting down with a homemade scone and a nice cup of tea (milk and no sugar, of course). An intense debate occurs in England regarding the correct pronunciation: does scone rhyme with gone, or does it rhyme with tone? Both are correct to use, but the latter is associated with the South of England. Personally, I use them both depending on my mood! Whilst each family has their own traditional recipe, I’ve always used one from a recipe book which is older than I am! Since I can’t make them due to my lack of an oven, why don’t you give it a go?

You will need
A greased baking tray
A large bowl
A rolling pin
A wooden spoon
Something to cut even circles with

225g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
50g margarine or butter
25g sugar
50g currants (optional – but tasty!)
1 egg, beaten with enough milk to make 150ml of liquid

1. Heat oven to 220°C, Gas Mark 7.
2. Mix flour, and salt, rub in margarine and stir in sugar and fruit.
3. Add egg mixture and milk, reserving a little for brushing the tops.
4. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out to 1cm in thickness.
5. Cut into rounds. Re-roll the trimmings and cut again until you can’t anymore.
6. Brush the tops with the egg mixture and bake for around 10 minutes.

Enjoy them with a pot of tea, jam, and clotted cream.

Scones; Image Credit: bakinginspiration.com

Scones; Image Credit: bakinginspiration.com

If you have any questions, let me know via my blog page!

A recipe to make FLAPJACKS by Katie DeS

The other day I was talking to an American friend about how I wanted to make flapjacks. We went out to buy the ingredients at the supermarket together and she was very confused as to why I was buying porridge oats. As it turns out, flapjacks are a completely different thing in the United States from what we have in the United Kingdom. In fact, if an American person talks about a flapjack, they will usually be describing a pancake. I spoke to some of my French friends about flapjacks too, and they haven’t come across them before either! After doing some research online, I discovered that flapjacks originate from the UK so really are a truly British snack.

Flapjacks, as we know them in the UK, are sweet tray-baked oat bars made from oats, butter, sugar and golden syrup or honey. You can also add yummy extras such as dried fruit, chocolate chips or nuts to make them a bit more exciting. Here’s my flapjack recipe if you want to have a go at making them at home. They’re really easy to make but can be very moreish!


  • 250g porridge oats
  • 125g butter
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons golden syrup or runny honey


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
    2. Melt the butter over a low heat.
    3. Add the sugar and golden syrup and stir until it dissolves.
    4. Remove from the heat and mix in the porridge oats.
    5. Pour the mixture into a large lined or greased baking tin and squish down using the spoon.
    6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden.
    7. Once cooked, leave them to cool for 15 minutes then cut into squares.
    8. Eat and enjoy!
Flapjacks; Image Credit: www.get-fitter.com

Flapjacks; Image Credit: www.get-fitter.com

If you have any questions, let me know via my blog page!

These two recipes were taken from LearnEnglish Teens. The website has articles and insights on UK culture.  It is a great resource for practising your English.