Friday, 19 October 2012

apple and cinnamon flapjacks



... isn't it funny how, as cooks, we go through life having never made certain foods... i've never cooked with polenta... i've never made samosa's... up until I started this blog 2 years ago, i'd never baked a loaf of bread... and until today i've never had rolled oats in the house, let alone made flapjacks... I know!

... neither The Viking or myself are fans of porridge so it goes without saying that we'd not go out of our way to purchase oats and so whenever i've had the impulse to make cookies, biscuits or flapjacks I'd have to find an alternative or just go without but my lovely neighbour Tracey bought me a book the other day - no, it's not my birthday, her motives are totally selfish... you see she thinks that if she buys me the book, i'll cook stuff for her... she's not wrong... and the book itself is called Biscuits, Baking and Cakes and is packed with absolute classics; tray-bakes, cookies, sponge-cakes... in fact it's perfect for making sharing-with-neighbours kind of food...

...the recipe on page 186 is for Fruit and Nut Flapjacks and I'm not sure what is was but I just really fancied making them... maybe it was the simple purity of it all and maybe it was the bowl-full of juicy apples that Sainsbury's recently sent me that inspired me but whatever it was i'm so glad I baked them.


apple and cinnamon flapjacks
you really can add any fruit to these and they'll work beautifully but it being apple and pear season I knew these would make a wonderful addition to the 'what to bake with all these apples' file... I used one Spartan and two Cox which came to the correct measurement... I think Russet's would work really well here too - all available as part of Sainsbury's whopping 52 varieties of apples and 10 varieties of pears that they currently have in-store.

makes 12 large flapjacks

6oz butter
8oz soft brown light sugar
6 tablespoons golden syrup
8oz grated apple (or same weight of other fruit)
12oz rolled oats
2 teaspoon cinnamon

- pre-heat the oven to 180C and lightly oil a traybake tin - I used a classic Swiss Roll tin.

- melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan and then once melted take it off the heat and add the oats, cinnamon and grated apple and stir well

- pour into the baking tin and bake for 20-25 mins until golden

- cool on a wire rack but cut them into squares whilst they're still a little warm.

these flapjacks are also perfect for Homemade By Fleur's Challenge Flapjack which i'm entering this month...


eat and of course, enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. I've never made flapjacks either, despite (or possibly because of) my MIL giving me three different recipes over the years and telling me how much her dear little boy loves her flapjacks
    :-/
    I also had to admit to my horrified Mum the other day that I have no idea how to make rice pudding (*shameface*).

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  2. I've never heard flapjacks...I can give it a go.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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  3. A lovely combination of flavours. I frequently make flapjacks, but I've never tried a recipe adding fresh fruit - I must give it a try.

    PS - I'll be posting a recipe for a Jammy Oat Slice later today - it will use up some more of the oats, now the pack is open! :)

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  4. Flapjacks to me are the American version of pancakes, so it was a pleasant surprise to find these here today.

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  5. They sound delicious, I've never added apple to flapjacks before.

    I must tell you that you are being blamed for something over at my Blog today..... you're a bad boy!!

    http://myrecipebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/nigel-slater-is-ongoing-but-im.html

    Sue xx

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  6. Just made these; they're lovely, and undeniably satisfying on a horrible blustery day like today. Burnt them a bit, but they're all the better for it! Suggest grating the apples unpeeled, ups the taste and nutrition stakes.

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  7. I love flapjacks and make them quite often. I hope this has converted you, they are so easy to make and you can add pretty much anything to them.

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  8. I love hearing about all possibilities of delicious flapjack flavour combinations and this is certainly one of them. It's great learning new ways with oats although I am never likely to eat porridge, just can't get myself to like it x

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  9. Original "Out and About Bars" next? xx

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  10. Now you come to mention it I'm not entirely sure I've ever made flapjacks, I love the sound of the apple and cinnamon too! :-)

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  11. Here in Minnesota, we would call that Apple Crisp. Around her, flapjacks are another name for pancakes which are served with maple syrup. Apple Crisp is served with a big dollop of Cool Whip, a fuffy whipped cream substitute sold frozen in tubs. We eat lots of it on all kinds of desserts as it's cheaper and easier than whipping cream. I might try your recipe except I don't know where to find golden syrup. I have an English friend, maybe she can tell me what it is. You post the most luscious recipes!

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    1. Apple Crisp sound good. Thanks for your lively comments x

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  12. I'm a huge fan of oatmeal and eat it all winter long. This recipe is a good reason to have oats in the cupboard. Great recipe for all the apples you were sent!

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  13. I have never made nor eaten flapjacks either. There is always oatmeal in the pantry (the rest of the family likes it). So, are you converted oatmeal lover now? :)(Sorry for asking.)

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    1. Well yes. I do love oatmeal now and am looking for more recipes. So any tips please send them my way!

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  14. One of the things I like about Flapjacks is that they are so conveniently portable - perfect for the lunch-box.

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  15. Never having oats in the kitchen is quite a revelation to me. I think they must be one of my kitchen essentials, they make it into loads of things ... even my crumble topping! So it probably goes without saying that I love a good flapjack recipe, I found myself scribbling down Nigel Slater's recipe for Fig Flapjacks this morning, and this one will be no different, there is a space for it in my little black book already ;0)

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  16. Here's a tip from a flapjack recipe I found the other day : pour some melted dark chocolate over the cooked flapjacks & leave to set - Also you can get gluten free oats so I am going to make these for Emma (granddaughter who is celiac)xx

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  17. I am a huge porridge and oats fan, as well as flapjacks too.....so.,this batch is right up my street! Karen

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  18. Whaaaaaaaaat?!?!! Never made flapjacks - I'm scandalised ;o) They look great through - especially the caramelised edges - yum. My 'using up lots of apples' recipe of choice is Apple Butter - delicious, uses up loads of apples and means you have jars of delicious apple goodness to use in cakes, puds, give as gifts etc through winter. I think (I should know these things) I have an 'Orchard and Cider' version on my blog which I made as I had apples and pears, but have made plain apple, with no cider and just water and was also delicious. x

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  19. Your flapjacks are very different than U.S. flapjacks! It looks delicious and I'll bet your home smelled amazing!

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  20. I only made flapjacks for the first time last year after Mr LTT told me they were his favourite - although his favourite always seems to be something I make that I've made for someone else!

    Apple and cinnamon is just about my favourite flavouring - would never have thought that to put it in a flapjack!

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  21. Yay, another flapjack convert, and what a lovely recipe to start your flapjack discovery with. Apples and cinnamon are so good together and your flapjack looks deliciously sticky!

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  22. Yum!!!! I have never made flapjacks with apple before but will have to try it!

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  23. Well, what a beauitful looking and sounding flapjack, but then I would not expect anything less from you. Thank you so much for entering challenge flapjack xxx

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  24. they look great - I am a huge flapjack fan and have lots of apples left to use up! Thanks :)

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