Sunday, 1 June 2008

Sweet and Simple Bakes June 2008 - Cranberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks

Sweet and Simple Bakes is a new baking group that I’ve joined, and this is their first month. Its founders are Maria and Rosie, both fabulous bakers in their own right. It’s about a group baking of something lovely to have in the tins or under the cake dome in my case (!) for a weekend nibble or to give to family and friends.
This first months bake is something that we are very partial to in our house – flapjacks. Now this isn’t the US flapjack, but an oaty, buttery sweet bar; and here is it embellished with dried cranberries and drizzled with a little melted white chocolate when cooled. They were ever so delicious!

Thanks to Rosie and Maria for choosing such a great first recipe! Click here for the blog, blogroll and also the second months recipe.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks

Makes 12

250g butter
100g demerara sugar
200g golden syrup
250g rolled oats
75g plain flour
100g dried cranberries
100g white chocolate, chopped

1.Preheat the oven to 170C/ Gas 3. Line a 23cm square tin with baking paper (please do not use greaseproof).
2.Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large pan over a low heat (stirring occasionally), until the butter and sugar have completely melted. Add the rolled oats, flour and cranberries to the pan, and stir together well.

3.Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then mark into 12 squares – but don’t cut all the way through. Allow to cool in the tin completely.

4. Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over each bar. (When melting chocolate you use a heatproof bowl over a low simmering saucepan of hot water but making sure the water is not hitting the bottom of the bowl.)


Peabody said...

Interesting they are called flapjacks. Flapjacks are pancakes where I am from.

Rosie said...

Hi K.J. your flapjacks are stunning and great pics too ....makes me want to reach in my screen and pick a slice of your flapjack out to eat!! :)

Many. many thanks for all your kind words and also for partaking in this month's bake at Sweet & Simple Bakes!! I hope you will be able to join us in our next bake too :)

Rosie x

Dee said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, I love your flapjacks, too. I so wanted to have a white chocolate drizzle on mine, but couldn't find any good white choc on the shelves. Sigh.

Your pictures are amazing, by the way :)

Chawanmushi said...

Hi Kelly-Jane
Your flapjacks look so good. I wish that I could bite them off the screen LOL

Deborah said...

Yum! These sound delicious! And I'm the same as peabody - I'm used to flapjacks being pancakes.

giz said...

Now that's what they're supposed to look like - amazing.

Thanks for visiting our blog. Bake on!!

Maria said...

Hi Kelly

Your flapjacks turned out absolutely delish!! Thanks for taking part in this month's challenge and hoping you will join us again in our next bake ;o)


Lisa said...

Yours look beautiful!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Kellyjane they look delicious!

Victoria Sponge said...

They look gorgeous, love the way you drizzled the chocolate over!
Vicky xxx

Kate / Kajal said...

Simple yet so delicious. Love the white chocolate drizzling on top.

Nora B. said...

Hi kelly-Jane,
You joined another baking group, wow, goof for you. I can't even keep up with one unfortunately.

These flapjacks sure looks good and sounds good (anything cranberry & choc related is good).


JillyB said...

Those look absolutely fabulous Kelly-Jane

Sarah said...

Hi KJ!

I just wanted to let you know I've given you for a "Yummy Blog Award". The details are on my latest blog post!

If you'd like to be involved, what you're supposed to do is display the yummy blog photo, and use the sentence "The Yummy Blog Award is an award given to blogs with yummy recipes/photos." Then pass it on to anyone who you think has yummy photos on their blog!

xox Sarah

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

What fun! Of course here in the US, flapjacks are pancakes, and I've never heard that name given to anything else. Learned something new here today.

Beth said...

Yours look delicious. Just wished my hubby liked cranberries so I could have put them in mine!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a great idea for me to use the cranberries I still have left. ;)

Mrs. L said...

My first thought was also..these don't look like the flapjacks I know!" but they look great.

Cynthia said...

I've never had flapjacks before :)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Looking gorgeous as per usual! I never knew what English flapjacks were (had heard of the American, pancake sort through books/tv etc) but was thoroughly taken with them during my time overseas! Cranberries with white chocolate sounds like a fab combo...

Margaret said...

Great take on the usual flapjack. Good photo too!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What great-looking bars? I can't call them flapjacks, though, because then they'd need maple syrup. :-)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

They look fantastic!
We love flapjacks too. It's funny the old English/American language thing. When I first started blogging I always thought people were talking about Macdonalds when they wrote about Mac and Cheese. I didn't realise they meant macaroni cheese.
We made some white chocolate and dried apricot flapjacks a few weeks ago and before I knew it they were gone and my hips had grown. Terrible!

Kelly-Jane said...

Thank you all very much for your comments, and to Sarah as well for your award :)


Anonymous said...

They look fabulous KJ