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This Sunday on Father’s Day why not tempt your Dad out of bed with the irresistible smell of freshly baked home made Flapjack. This is a recipe that I use again and again and with delicious results every time.

Fruity Flapjack

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 80g (3oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 350g (12oz) rolled oats
  • 100g (3.5oz) approx Raisins or Sultanas (add more/less if preferred)
  • 10 approx Glace cherries chopped (add more/less if preferred)

 Method

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 /Electric Oven 190C / Fan Oven 170C.
  2. Lightly grease an 18cm x 30cm (7inch x 12inch) tin and fully line with greaseproof paper.
  3. Heat the butter, syrup and sugar in a large saucepan until the butter has melted.
  4. Add the Raisins/Sultanas and Cherries and stir, then add the rolled oats and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into the lined tin and press down with a fork so that the mixture fills the corners and that any air pockets are removed.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden, keep checking towards the end of cooking as if overcooked they will not have that lovely soft texture (All ovens vary slightly I cook mine at 170C (Fan) for 10 minutes then turn the tray round and cook for another 10 minutes).
  7. Once cooled you should be able to easily lift out the flapjack holding the greaseproof paper, and then cut into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Flapjack is packed full of energy and will keep you going whatever you have planned on this special day, it also makes a perfect addition to a lunch box, family picnic or a day out.

Enjoy!

 Gill

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 Salmon & Cream Cheese Mash

Ingredients

  • 500g medium Winston or Majestic potatoes, diced
  • 100g low-fat soft cheese
  • 75g smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • Handful of fresh chives, chopped

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes until tender, drain and return to the pan
  2. Mash with the soft cheese, adding a dash of milk and a little butter
  3. Stir in the salmon and chives, season to taste. Serve immediately

Champ

Ingredients

  • 100g spring onions sliced
  • 100g butter
  • 900g mashing potatoes such as King Edward or Maris Piper
  • 150 ml full fat milk
  • Extra butter for serving

Method 

  1. Put the spring onions and milk in a small pan and heat to boiling. Take off the heat and leave
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes and boil until tender
  3. Drain and mash the potatoes with the butter until no lumps are left. Reheat the milk and the spring onions, then gradually beat this into the potatoes, mixing well with a wooden spoon to make the potatoes fluffy. Season well and serve.

 

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