I bake more nowadays than I used to. The last time I baked this much was in my early teens, before I discovered boozing and boys. What that period of my life and my current situation have in common is that I had the great luxury of time. I look after my son full-time at the moment, so on a rainy day baking comes in handy. Double up a rainy day with a Chickenpox infected toddler and you have a perfect storm for baking, and so it is that today we made flapjack.
When I bake with my toddler I often try to make healthier recipes, for obvious reasons. Listen, a cake is still a cake even if it has carrots in it! But I believe the majority of food that we eat should be a balance between pleasure and wholesome nourishment. My flapjack is a perfect example of this; it’s syrupy, chewy buttery-ness is juxtaposed against the dried fruits and nuts to create a thoroughly satisfying and yummy snack for kids and adults that’s perfect for lunch boxes or scoffing in front of Corrie with a cuppa.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients: 80g butter
80g brown sugar
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
Pinch of salt
130g porridge oats
100g chopped dried apricots
50g chopped mixed nuts
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line (try using foil as it sticks less afterwards) a baking tin measuring about 20cm width and 34 cm length or thereabouts.
- On the hob, gently heat the syrup, butter, salt and sugar until it’s all dissolved.
- Mix the oats, chopped nuts, sultanas, and chopped apricots and add the hot syrup mix.
- Stir and then press into your prepared baking tin.
- Cook for about 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye as the sultanas may start to colour too much on top.
- Take it out and let it cool a little before removing from tin. I just tip it upside down onto a bread board. It may fall apart a little at this point, or stick to the paper, but just squidge it back together and leave to cool in a block.
- When cooled entirely, chop into whatever size pieces you fancy. This freezes well, so it’s great for lunchboxes, just get a few out when you need them.