I love a good flapjack – they’re so filling and sweet. The perfect energy hit! I love experimenting with different additions – such as stem ginger and chocolate, date, apricot and pumpkin seed – and now I’ve created one of my favourite ever versions: the cherry flapjack! The slight tanginess of the dried cherries perfectly complements the chewy sweetness of the flapjack. They’re VERY moreish.
They’re packed with energy so they’re brilliant for scoffing before a long run or a big walk, in my experience. They also go nicely in lunch boxes.
For a large tray of about 25 flapjacks, you will need:
- 250g butter (plus a bit extra for greasing)
- 250g dark brown sugar
- 200g golden syrup
- 500g rolled oats
- 200g dried cherries
- Preheat your oven to 200°c.
- Put the butter, sugar, and golden syrup into a large bowl and pop into the microwave. Zap for 2 minutes, or until the butter has melted, take out and stir. Zap for another minute or so to melt the sugar a bit more. You can do this in a large saucepan if you prefer.
- Add the oats and the cherries and stir well.
- Butter a 13″ x 9″ dish and pour the flapjack mix into it. Press flat with the back of a spoon and smooth out.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges look dark golden and cooked. Take out of the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
- Once COMPLETELY cold, cut into squares or fingers and store in an airtight container.