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flapjacks recipe

Flapjacks are perfect for taking to work, school or having a snack with a cuppa! You can use any of the dried fruit and nuts you like. This version is slightly more than normal, with a bit less butter and syrup, so it’s great for families.

Ingredients

  • oil, for greasing
  • 100g/3½oz butter, cubed
  • 100g/3½oz golden syrup
  • 50g/1¾oz mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, linseed and sesame
  • 50g/1¾oz dried cranberries
  • 50g/1¾oz raisins
  • 50g/1¾oz dried apricots, cut into sixths
  • 250g/9oz jumbo porridge oats (gluten-free, if required)
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Lightly oil a shallow 20cm/8in loose-based square cake tin and line the base and sides of the tin with baking parchment.

  2. Melt the butter and syrup together in a large saucepan over a low heat, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon. Take off the heat and stir in the seeds, cranberries, raisins and apricots and oats. Stir in the egg.

  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and press until well flattened. (It’s important that the oats are pressed well, so that they stay firm enough to cut when baked. Use the back of a metal spoon to make sure they are fully compressed). Bake for 18–20 minutes, or until golden and lightly browned around the edges.

  4. Mark the flapjack into 12 pieces without cutting all the way through, this will make it easier to cut the flapjack when it’s cool. Leave until cold then cut the flapjack.

  5. Store in an airtight container, interleaved with baking parchment or foil for up to three days.