Saturday, December 24, 2011

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

T'was the night before Christmas when all through the house, everyone was a-buzz, disturbing the poor mouse.

It's been a hectic day. We have our traditional Christmas Eve get together with our neighbours tonight and the house has been in a state of preparation since 9AM! We've been cleaning, cooking and I've been baking and decorating like a fury and the house is now completely ready for Christmas. I made my traditional cinnamon shortbread, decorated my Christmas cake and was struck by the sudden urge to make something different. As I have previously mentioned I LOVE flapjacks, and I have previously posted a recipe for basic Oatmeal Flapjacks, which forms the basis of these beauties. 

These flapjacks are more moist than the original recipe and the apples give them a very tender texture, the cinnamon lending a slight spice and the raisins giving a burst of sweetness. They don't hold together as well as the other recipe but are perfect served warm with vanilla ice cream! Thanks to the daily spud for the pic :)

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks
Makes one 9" pan
  • 175g butter,
  • 225g light brown sugar
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • 350g rolled oats (jumbo oats)
  • 2 cooking apples (I use Bramley)
  • 200g raisins
  • 2 tsps cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 150 C and grease a 9" square tin
Melt the butter with the sugar and syrup in a saucepan over a medium-low heat,
stirring to avoid sticking and burning until the butter has melted completely
Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, ensuring they are well coated in the mixture
Grate the apple into the saucepan and throw in the raisins, mixing well
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden on the top
Cool completely then cut into squares with a knife and remove from the tin

As I said before these flapjacks are far more prone to fall apart than my original recipe but BOY are they yummy :) They're the perfect way to get away from heavier Christmas treats, and the crumbly bits will taste even BETTER for a light Christmas breakfast served with yoghurt :)

Wherever you are in the world, whether you're at home with your parents, or with people you love, meeting friends for Christmas drinks or spending the evening curled up by the fire reading or watching silly TV, I hope this Christmas is full of magic and wonderful moments for you all.

Merry Christmas from me and my exhausted cookie cutters :) x

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