I don't eat cake and I've not really got much of a sweet tooth left but every now and again I do get the urge for something a little bit tasty to have with a cup of coffee. These flapjacks fit the bill perfectly and as well as being deliciously moreish, thanks to the fruit and nuts they leave you feeling as though you have had a substantial snack and not like you want to raid the biscuit tin again ten minutes later.
I'll be honest it's taken me years to perfect a good flapjack recipe, they used to turn out too crumbly, too thin, too hard, well too everything not right about the perfect flapjack!!
Then I went to town on my ingredients ... although I do use Value Oats, Broken Mixed Nuts and supermarkets own brand baking butter ..... and my problem was sorted :-)
50g smashed Mixed Nuts
(use a pestle and mortar or just put them in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin)
50g mixed dried fruit
(I like raisins and cranberries)
200g Golden Syrup
(yep ...a full block)
Put the butter, syrup and sugar into a biggish pan and melt over a low heat.
Once melted tip all the other ingredients into the pan (why dirty up another bowl!!) and stir well to combine.
Pour into a 8"/20cm square lined or well greased baking tin and press down evenly.
Cook for approx 30 minutes in a medium hot oven. Check after 20 or so minutes to make sure the edges aren't cooking too quickly, if they are you can cover with a piece of tinfoil.
Take out of the oven when they are coloured to your liking and then leave them in the tin to cool down for ten minutes. Then lift carefully out of the tin with the overhanging liner and put onto a chopping board, cut into 16 pieces and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Today is a nibbling at flapjack day ... but also a No Spend Day