I am diabolical at making pastry, I could in theory, make excellent armory with it – bullet proof shields and all. But I’m not bad at cakes, because it’s all about beating them like hell – no gentle handling required. I have recently moved into the world of flapjack, which is about as easy as it gets. Chuck stuff (butter, sugar and syrup) in pan, heat, add oats and anything else you have lying around the kitchen (baking beads, pen caps, pastry cutters etc not recommended), squidge into tin and whack in the oven for 20 minutes.
I made this first about a month ago, special for my mum because she has a Gluten allergy and it went down particularly well. Then get this, I even heard hubby the other day making noises of appreciation about my flapjack – this is a rare occasion, but symbolized to me that I should share the recipe and secret with you. I am rubbish at keeping secrets, I don’t believe in mama’s old secret recipe – if its good, share the love is my opinion.
I took one basic flapjack recipe and then did some stuff to it. I’ll tell you now that no dance to the flapjack god was involved – I tried that with the snow god and he didn’t approve (much). The secret was all in simmering the fruit in orange juice in the microwave for 2/3 mins and leaving it to get fat for a little while – 15-30 mins is good.
125g/5oz dried apricots (dark organic ones are the best in this recipe) or sultanas
100ml orange juice (enough to cover the fruit above)
50g/2oz/3tbsp golden (light corn) syrup
100g/4oz soft brown sugar
175g/6oz rolled oats
75g/3oz flaked almonds
1) Turn oven on to 180C and grease your tin (about 8 cm square)
2) Put fruit in bowl, cover with orange juice and microwave on full heat for 2/3 minutes – then leave to stand and get fat
4) Put all butter, syrup and sugar in a pan and put on medium heat till melted – takes about 5 minutes
5) Add oats, flaked almonds and fat fruit (be sure to drain the orange juice first)- stir together then squidge into the tin (about 8 cm square)
6) Put tin in oven and cook for 20 minutes
7) When removed from oven, let it cool for 30 minutes then cut into slices. Leave till cold before taking out of the tin.
DONE – Now eat and share the flapjack love!