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This recipe marks a milestone for me – the first time I have been sought out by a stranger to congratulate me on my baking! In the playground, the day after a school bake sale, nonetheless! Anyway, it’s a simple but effective recipe – normal chewy flapjack with a layer of apple sauce through the middle. One of our five a day, surely??

Ingredients:
8 large dessertspoons golden syrup
200g / 8oz butter
330g / 12oz rolled oats
6 dessertspoons apple sauce

Method:
Melt the syrup and butter together in a large pan then stir in the rolled oats. If it looks too runny, add more oats – it should be soft and glistening but stay on the spoon when lifted. Press half of the mix into an eight inch square tin. Spoon the apple sauce over the mix and spread (the back of a spoon is effective) to give a thin, even layer. Carefully spoon the rest of the flapjack mix on top, ensuring all the apple is covered and the mix goes right to the ends. Bake at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cut into 16 squares then leave to cool a little. Carefully remove the pieces and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

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I got two lucky stars on the Euromillions this week…but none of the other numbers. So I will have to console myself that someone else won £101m by eating lots of this delicious baking! A tarted up version of the popular millionaires shortbread, the key thing is to make sure that the proportions of base to middle to topping are right. Ie the base is just to hold it together, the other two layers should be generous and roughly the same depth. There’s nothing more disappointing than a meagre layer of caramel. The quantities below make about 16 small but deep (and rich) portions, using a loaf tin rather than a square tin, as is more conventional.

Ingredients:
6 oz / 150g chocolate chip cookies, crushed
2 oz / 50g butter, melted
3 oz / 75g butter
3 oz / 75g caster sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
200ml condensed milk
8 oz / 200g milk chocolate
Hundreds and thousands

Method:
Combine the melted butter and crushed biscuits and press into a tin. Refrigerate well until set (at least 30 mins). Put the rest of the butter, sugar, condensed milk and syrup into a heavy pan and heat gently until the butter has melted into a smooth goo. Bring to the boil and heat until the liquid has thickened and darkened. Keep stirring, or it will burn! It is ready when a small amount on a spoon sets to a fudgy consistency in a few seconds. Take off the heat and pour carefully onto the biscuit base. Leave to set for 30 mins then refrigerate until needed. Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie (a bowl above a pan of boiling water) and pour onto the caramel. Sprinkle on the hundreds and thousands. Leave to set – when the chocolate is nearly hard, cut into pieces as big or small as you wish.

Enjoy!

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It might not quite keep a doctor away, but today’s baking has done my horrid cold no end of good. Medicinal flapjack might not sound tasty, but bear with me…

I actually made a half and half batch: half the mixture as normal flapjack, then after I had put that into the tin I added the extra ‘medicinal’ ingredients to the other half, put it into the tin and baked it all together. This worked surprisingly well and I’m going to experiment with this technique in the future. The quantities below are for a whole batch of flu beating flapjack, so adjust accordingly if you need.

Ingredients:
6 large dessertspoons golden syrup
3 teaspoons honey
200g / 8oz butter
330g / 12oz rolled oats
6 teaspoons chopped glace ginger
2 good slugs whisky (whatever you have in the cupboard – apologies to any connoisseurs but I used a 1978 Aberfeldy…)

Method:
Melt the syrup, honey and butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low heat. When melted together, take off the heat and stir in the oats, ginger and whisky. Bake in a greased and bottom lined tin about 10″ by 10″ at 180 degrees for about 25 mins or until golden brown. Take out when still soft, cut into pieces and leave in the tin to cool before removing. Makes about 16 squares.

Enjoy!

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