Sunday, 19 December 2010

Flapjacks with Apricots and Sultanas

This was probably the last routine baking session before Christmas - something to keep the cake tin full - and I chose something that could be prepared and mixed up in less than 5 minutes, and cooked while I was working on other things in the kitchen. Flapjack is so quick to make and satisfying to eat - I think the only reason I don't make it more often is that it is packed with butter and sugar and seems less healthy than other  baked goods. This is probably a fallacy though - this recipe is 50% fat and sugar by weight, which is no different to a standard Victoria Sandwich cake, before you fill it with buttercream or jam. Plus, it has oats in, which may reduce cholesterol levels, and you can add a healthy selection of dried fruit and seeds of your choice.

So - don't feel guilty about flapjacks - sounds like a good New Year's resolution to me!


250g salted butter
100g golden syrup
150g light muscovado sugar
350g rolled or porridge oats
150g dried fruit, seeds, or nuts of your choice - in this batch I used 55g dried apricots, 50g sultanas, 25g pumpkin seeds and 20g sesame seeds - chop any large fruit to the size of sultanas


Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 12 x 8 x 1" deep (30 x 20 x 2.5cm deep) baking tray with one piece of baking parchment, folding it into the corners, so that it comes up the sides of the tin. (You don't want any of the flapjack mix in contact with the tin.)

Melt the butter, syrup and sugar together, either in a large microwaveable bowl or a saucepan on the hob. Once the butter has melted, stop heating and mix together until the sugar has dissolved.

Tip in all the other ingredients and mix together thoroughly. When there are no dry patches of oats, transfer everything to the baking tray and press down firmly into an even layer.

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the flapjack is just turning golden. This makes a chewy flapjack - if you like it crisper, bake for a few minutes longer until a deep golden in colour.

Cool for 10 minutes, then mark the flapjack into squares. Cool completely before trying to remove from the tin.


Chele said...

Oh they do look good!!!!

Caroline said...

Yum! I could really fancy flapjack at the moment and apricot and sultana sounds like a good combination too. They look really deep and chewy and delicious.

Katie said...

Looks yummy and I love how wholesome they look. Bet the seeds add a nice texture

Anne said...

I like the butter justification ;-)

They look delicious :)

The Caked Crusader said...

you can't beat a flapjack - particularly in this awful cold weather

Choclette said...

I never feel guilty about flapjack Suelle - packed with fruit, seeds and oats it's positively healthy. I haven't made any in such a long time, I've now got a real yearning.

Mamta said...

Just made some, delicious! Thanks Suelle :-)!

Suelle said...

Thank you, Mamta!