Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Honeyed Orange Flapjacks

I can never seem to settle on a flapjack recipe, it really does depend what mood I'm in. Sometimes I like them squidgy and thick, so sweet and syrupy they barely hold together, sometimes I like them thin and crunchy, closer to a biscuit than anything else and sometimes I like them just as they are here, light and chewy with other little flavour notes bouncing around. I've used honey this time instead of the more traditional golden syrup as well as the juice and zest of an orange, as I think the two compliment each other beautifully. You can experiment with other combinations if you'd prefer, perhaps with some nuts or maybe even chocolate chips, whatever floats your boat!

Prep time: 20 Mins
Baking time: 30 Mins
225g Unsalted Butter
100g Honey
125g Light Muscovado Sugar
250g Jumbo Oats
125g Plain Flour
250g Mixed Fruit (The nicest you can find)
The zest and juice of 1 large Orange

Tally ho! Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and grease/line a good sized baking tray (I used a 35x25cm one). In a large saucepan melt together the butter, honey and sugar on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Whilst that's doing its thing mix the flour and oats in a large dish. Once the butter, sugar and honey have melted together turn off the heat, add in the orange zest/juice and fruit, then stir for about 30 seconds. Tip in the flour and oats and mix until evenly combined, then spoon into your prepared tray pressing to the edges. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 30 minutes, until golden on top, then remove and leave to cool until warm in the tray. Remove, peel off the paper, slice and boom, you're all done!

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