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!


  1. Glad to hear the doc has given you the all clear and you're feeling much better.

    The flapjacks look amazing, been ages since I last made any

  2. I know the anxiety of waiting for the procedure and the result - Nick has had to have it a couple of times. He's fine and I'm glad you are too.
    One thing about it, it does make you think a little more about your insides and what you're putting through them !!

    The recipe looks yummy. I love flapjack and your drizzling looks beautiful.

  3. It sounds like you have had a horrible time, but fingers crossed it won't happen again. These flapjacks look great.

  4. Hooray hooray that is such good news, you must be delighted. What you went through sounds horrible especially the bit about missing the #smutsmeetup ;-)

    Good to see you following Doctor's orders - lots of fibre in oats. Love flapjacks and yours look particularly stylish with that elegant drizzle of chocolate.

  5. Yikes hate hate hate having to wait for doc results- possibly worse than whatever illness it is one might have. Glad to hear it's alright now! Hope you're all better, and with a couple (actually, more) of thos eflapjacks you should be up and jumping in no time at all! :p LOVE pear and chocolate together- match made in heaven.

  6. So glad you've had the all clear! That must be such a relief for you. :) Lovely looking flapjacks too!

  7. HOORAY! So glad that you have the all clear and as for the flapjacks, they look utterly amazing in a chocolate and peat kinda way! WIN WIN! Karen

  8. Hope you can now get back to good health. The chocolate on these flapjacks should help. In any case, have a great weekend.


  9. So pleased to hear that you got the all clear, Dom. Flapjacks look brill, love flapjacks.

  10. Thank goodness you now have the all clear from the doctor. Pears are in season and plentiful and cheap at the moment so these could be just the ticket for tomorrow afternoons baking. They sound ideal for transporting in the lunchbox.

  11. That sounds like excellent news to me. As for the flapjacks, dark choc and pear is such a great combination. Definitely a fine snack.

  12. Glad you are okay Dom, flapjacks look divine :)

  13. Shame you don't live more probably would of ended up on my ward, we specialise in probing ;-) Hope you are on the mend now, there has been a few bugs about I managed to drop 6kg with mine so sympathise!

    Flapjacks look great, I always add banana to mine but will try pear as sounds delicious!


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