Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Thereza's Flapjacks

My Mum was always baking when I was growing up. One of my favourite things she used to make was flapjacks. I was recently given this recipe by a good friend of mine and I must say they are pretty delicious. Although the oats add a healthy element to them, the buttery caramel that bonds them together, leaves no doubt, that they really are a tasty treat!

225g butter
175g golden syrup
175g brown sugar
450g oats
70g plain flour
140g mixed fruit nuts and seeds (rasins, cranberries, sliced almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds in my case)
zest of one orange (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Stirring occasionally, melt butter with the golden syrup and sugar over a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.Bring the syrup to the boil and then put aside. In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and orange zest. Add the plain flour and stir well to give everything a good dusting. Add the syrup to the oat mixture and combine thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into a lined baking tray. Press the mixture down lightly, pushing it into the corners of the tray. Try to keep the layer as even as possible. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the sides turn a golden brown. leave to cool for 10 minutes then mark the slices. Leave to cool and firm up fully before removing from the tray.

These are delicious to scoff on your own (believe me it's hard to stop once you've started) or even better to share!

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