Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Teatime Treats

The baking bug has bitten me well and truly and following on from last week's fairy cake fest, this week we've been having something home baked as a treat at teatime.

The first concoction arose following a request for pancakes for tea from Son No2 - but as no-one else wanted them he didn't get them - but aha I had a brainwave and so quickly knocked up a batch of Scotch Pancakes for pudding - the Kindling had them warm with nutella on and we grown ups had them a more traditional cold with lashings of butter later on.

Thank you Good Housekeeping* for an easy, foolproof recipe which I'll share here:

125g SR Flour
2 tbsp sugar (would use less next time as they were quite sweet)
1 egg (beaten)
150ml milk.

  • Mix all ingredients till smooth and consistency of thick cream.
  • Heat greased frying pan/griddle and drop spoonfuls onto the pan
  • Turn pancakes when bubbles rise to the surface
  • Keep the cooked pancakes warm in a clean tea towel.

They didn't last long - so I was left with an empty biscuit tin to fill.... so yesterday's offering was dark chocolate covered flapjacks.  Very moreish - and perfect with a cup of coffee!

 So the trusty family recipe comes out - handwritten in an old book (aren't those always the best type of recipe?)

Well it's no top secret formula - so here you are:

225g Oats
150g SR Flour
100g Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
150g Butter
150g Golden Syrup

The method is super simple.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together
  • Melt butter and syrup - easiest in the microwave for a couple of minutes
  • Combine oat mix and syrup mix - make sure they're well mixed and you've no dry patches.
  • Press into a baking tin / make small rounds and flatten slightly on baking tray.
  • Bake at 180c for about 15mins
I had some leftover dark chocolate so melted that and liberally coated the flapjacks once they'd cooled - scrummy!!

* The Good Housekeeping Cookery Book is one of my failsafe cookery books - always good for checking a recipe or method.

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