Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blueberry and Cinnamon Flapjacks

After a huge and perfect flapjack from Albion on Tuesday in the office, I was back in flapjack-obsessive mode. So when I hit tea o'clock and didn't have a flapjack to accompany said tea on Wednesday, I was rather upset. Pre-bake off on Wednesday evening therefore became flapjack making time. Super quick and easy, adding in whatever extra treats I could find, these flapjacks were chewy, crumbly and squidgy. A perfectly acceptable breakfast, snack and pudding. Versatile creatures, these flapjacks.


300g rolled oats
180g golden syrup
20g black treacle
170g butter
4 tbsp light brown sugar
2 handfuls of fresh blueberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 handful of chocolate chips (optional)


1. Heat oven to 180ºC
2. Grease and line a square baking tin
3. Melt the butter, sugar, syrup, treacle, sugar and cinnamon together in a saucepan
4. Mix in the oats
5. Chuck in the blueberries and chocolate and mix together
6. Sneak a spoonful into your mouth while noone's looking
7. Bake for 25 minutes until golden
8. Cool in tin for 10 minutes before cutting into squares
9. Leave to cool completely before removing from tin

These will last for at least a week. No more lonely tea breaks.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Plum Torte

Lottie & Doof told all his readers very simply: 'Make this cake'. Obligingly, I did. 

It's the simplest cake you'll make. And I know you'll make it because you've been told to do so. Almost as much fruit as cake batter, jammy plums pops in every mouthful, the sweet spongey cake surrounding and protecting them, as if those plums were little jewels. 

I'm not going to say anymore. Just make this cake. The recipe is here.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Rocket & Squash: Stilton & Fig Puff Pastry

B is now back at uni, back to student life. Except this new student life seems to involve a lot more work than our previous student life. This means evenings aren't the chilled out eating, catching up, relaxing time that they used to be. To try and draw him away from the books and homework and lectures and classes and revision, we've agreed that one evening a week we will have a  night off work and study-related things, cook something new and a bit different, and have an extra glass of wine.

So for our first of these evenings, the stilton & fig puff pastry tart on the fabulous blog, Rocket & Squash, looked like the perfect solution. Ed's opening sentence is 'Few things sit better on the effort:reward curve than a puff pastry tart'. Sounds like a good weeknight faux-fancy supper solution to me. Especially when he goes on to describe the grating and crumbling and more crumbling of stilton all over the pastry and figs. We got through it pretty quickly, and will be making it again pretty soon, before the figs all disappear for another year.