Friday, 9 August 2013

pear and dark chocolate flapjacks

WARNING... i'm going to be talking about the inside of my bum for the next paragraph so if you're squeamish then scan down to the recipe...

... so after the eight day hospital vacation, dramatic weight-loss, second scare - which involved me drinking something nasty and sitting on the toilet for 2 days thus missing the first annual #smuttsgetogether, and second CT scan my doctor called me in once again for another humiliating day of anal probage... I won't go into too much detail ( believe me, i could, I have the photo's...) but let's just say that one enema and a colonoscopy later and I finally have the all-clear.. woo-hoo! My doctor, who is thankfully not hot but nonetheless very talented, is hoping that i should be one of the rare cases who had an unfortunate isolated incident but, ensuring I keep to a healthy lifestyle, shouldn't see it recur again.  He did admit to me that there was no conclusive proof that a high-fibre diet would be of any help but that he recommended it none-the-less and i'm happy to include more fibre into my diet... talking of healthy eating...

pear and dark chocolate flapjacks
we were all off the the revesby country show last weekend and picnics were the order of the day... I wanted to bake something fast to make and fun to eat and something nice and sweet to give us all energy for the afternoon... these little treats we perfect for the gang to snack on... the addition of the pear is very subtle but it adds a little fruitiness to the mix.  They are of course very sweet and buttery but then a little sugar love once in a while is not the end of the world...

makes 12 large flapjacks

6oz butter
8oz soft brown light sugar
6 tablespoons golden syrup
2 pears - grated (or same weight of other fruit)
12oz rolled oats
50g dark chocolate

- 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, 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 then drizzle with melted dark chocolate.

eat and of course, enjoy!



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