Chocolate Cherry Flapjacks – in case of emergency

Flapjack With Chocolate And Cherries

I recently moved desks at work. It was part of a general reshuffle ahead of plans to re-carpet our floor. I opened my new file draw to put away part of my spawning under-desk shoe collection and I found it:

Emergency Supplies

“What’s this?”

“It’s a desk emergency kit.”

“For Desk Emergencies?”

“No. Like for survival. If we need to. In an emergency. We all have them.”

Water packs, batteries, a radio, medical supplies. Everything we’d need to stay alive for a couple of days trapped in our 3rd floor office once the coffee’s run out and the zombie apocalypse rages below on 5th Avenue.

I don’t know what’s more disconcerting; that I need a desk emergency kit, or that I didn’t have one before.


When I was a Girl Guide – not much of a Girl Guide, honestly, flapjacks were considered very important to survival. You’d be a fool to walk across Wimbledon Common, or camp for a night in a designated Guide Camping Field by the A3 without them. I think because of this, I always considered them to be a utility food, rather than a pleasurable one. Now I know better.

170g butter
2tbsp golden syrup
170g demerara sugar (or brown sugar)
225g oats
handful of chocolate chips
handful of dried cherries
  • Preheat the oven to 350f
  • Melt the butter and syrup over a medium heat
  • Fold in everything
  • Spread into a greased baking tin and bake for 25 – 30 mins
  • Score with a knife while warm, then leave to cool and cut
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7 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Flapjacks – in case of emergency

  1. Whitney M. says:

    Just make sure you save some flapjacks for the zombies… it’ll buy you at least another ten or fifteen minutes to plan your escape!

  2. rebecca says:

    In moving desks, did you ever find out who the famous person who sat near you was? I sometimes think about this little mystery and wonder if you ever figured it out.

    And I think my job requires “grab and go kits” for emergencies. I just refer to my giant handbag as such. Even MacGyver would be impressed by the things I carry around in that thing on a daily basis.

    • Kate says:

      Actually, I did find out who he was. My friend Yosi is a big MBA fan and sleuth-ed it out. Only, then I moved jobs and offices, and since I don’t know anything about MBA, the info didn’t stick and I’ve forgotten again! This is the fleeting and ephemeral nature of celebrity, I suppose.

  3. Liana says:

    I had to read this recipe twice because flapjacks are pancakes to me. (Griddle cakes? You know, round, battery, flipped halfway through on a griddle or pan.) In my head, British and American terms meet on a battleground and fight to the death.

    I’m with you on crisp/chips. Not so much on biscuits/cookies. Am completely baffled by flapjacks.

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