This morning, I was making a lemon drizzle cake to take to a friend's party tonight, and decided to mix up something else while it was in the oven.
I had a spare lemon from the lemon cake, and a bag of toasted coconut flakes just waiting to be used; an interesting combination that I thought would go well with some dried fruit and nuts. These could just as easily have been added to cookie dough, but I've made a lot of cookies lately (and will be doing loads more in about a week) so for a change I went for flapjack. This is a close cousin of the apple & raisin flapjack recipe I posted a couple of years back, but although the base is the same, the result is quite different. (By the way, I know 'flapjack' is used to mean something quite different in the States, but I don't know what you'd call these kind of bars. Anyone?)
Fruit & Spice Flapjack
325g butter (for Americans: that's 2½ sticks)
1 cup soft brown sugar
½ cup (8tbsp) golden syrup
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
7 cups rolled oats
2tsp mixed spice
zest of one lemon (finely chopped)
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup glace cherries (quartered)
½ cup almonds (roughly chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Melt the butter, sugar, and golden syrup in a large glass bowl (I find the quickest way is to heat for 4mins in the microwave, on high power).
- While the butter is melting, measure and chop the other ingredients.
- Add about half of the oats, the spices and the lemon zest, into the melted butter mixture. Stir until the oats are coated in butter.
- Add the fruit (unsticking any that have stuck together in the packet), almonds, and coconut. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the remaining oats and stir until all the oats are coated in the butter mixture (i.e. no remaining white patches). The other ingredients should be fairly evenly distributed by this stage.
- Line a 25x35cm, deep-sided tray with greaseproof paper, and press the mixture into the tray, smoothing with a spatula to ensure approximately even depth.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown.
- Allow to cool in the tray until they are set hard enough to cut, then slice up and move to a wire rack to cool.