My hungry boys

I have been reading lots of friends posts on social media about the quantity of food that their little ones and not so little ones are eating every couple of hours during this lock down period.

So, I thought what better way than share a recipe that is a favourite with my 2 boys. Well, I say my 2 boys, one is my husband and the other is my 13 and a half year old! I will add one piece is usually enough as it is packed with oats and so normally does the trick of filling them up, for a while anyway .

Sticky date flapjack
What you need:
I use a rectangular baking tin (26cm x 16cm) but you can use a 20cm square one

200g stoned dates (I buy the ones that are already stoned)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
200g unsalted butter
150g light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
300g rolled oats

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 160C 325F Gas mark 3
1.Line the base of the tin with greaseproof paper and thoroughly grease the sides
2.Place the dates in a pan and sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda over them . Add enough cold water to to cover and bring to the boil, then turn the heat right down to simmer for 5 minutes.Keep an eye on it as it can boil up quite vigorously
3.Leave them to cool then drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the liquid.

4.Pop them in a blender/ food processor to puree with the liquid.
5.Melt the butter, sugar and honey together. It is helpful to whisk it so that the ingredients all come together.

6.With the oats in a large mixing bowl, quickly stir in the melted butter,sugar and honey until all the oats are evenly coated.
7.As I am a perfectionist I weigh out half the quantity of mixture, approx. 325g and press this into the base of the tin.

8.Then spread the date puree over the oats, leaving about a 1 cm border , as this will help it to not ooze out to much and make it easier to remove from the tin.
9.Gently place the remaining oat mixture in dollops over the date puree. This makes it easier to spread and not get mixed up with the layers too much
10.Then gently press the top layer of oats down.

11.Bake for approx 35 to 40 mins , mine bakes in 37 mins . You want it to be golden brown.Then remove from oven and place on a cooling rack

Top Tip Once it is out the oven , carefully with a non stick palette knife, run this around the edges to loosen slightly. This will make it easier to remove from the tin.
Top Tip leave to get completely cold in the tin then run the pallette knife around the edges once more. With a chopping board over the top, invert the tin and it should come away easily. If not repeat the process with the pallette knife until the flapjack comes out of the tin in one piece .
Top Tip Then place another chopping board on what will be bottom of the flapjack and turn over. This makes it much easier to then cut into portions

Enjoy x


The dates can be replaced with dried apricots . Follow the same method as for the dates but without the bicarb of soda but adding 3 tablespoons of orange juice.

If you would like another recipe for flapjack here is the link to my blog Chewy Muesli Bars.

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