I used to really enjoy baking, and then life took a few different busy directions, forcing my culinary skills to go straight to the bottom of the priority pile – I just never had time to cook in my kitchen. *My* kitchen – one I decorated with light pink walls, hints of flamingos and Cath Kidston, and a proud shelf of amazing cook books that once upon a time I’d spend hours working my way through…
It’s time I got back in to baking – it’s therapeutic, makes my home smell delicious (when it goes right!) and I do get a sense of joy turning up to a friend’s house with a fresh batch of baked treats – just as I did last night – and to receive compliments (for anything!) is always a smile-jerker.
Feeling like I needed to start up my baking skills with something relatively easy, I picked up my copy of “Baking Made Easy” by Lorraine Pascale and opted for her flapjacks. With just 4 key ingredients definitely makes this a safe bet…
I love Lorraine Pascale’s cook books – I actually think I own them all – she makes cooking so much more fun than certain (and unnecessary!) complicated and fussy recipe books out there. And here’s how to make her flapjacks…
- Preheat the oven to 150 (gas mark 2) and line a 20cm baking tin with baking paper.
- Melt 175g butter in a medium pan, and brush a little butter over the paper in the tin.
- Add 175g of golden syrup and 175g muscovado sugar to the pan and heat gently.
- Once the sugar has dissolved remove the pan from the heat and add 350g porridge oats and grated zest from ½ a lemon (you can also add a pinch of ground ginger but that’s optional).
- Pack the mixture in to the baking tin and squash down.
- Bake for 40 minutes and once cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for around 15-20 minutes.
- Once cool, remove from the tin on to a chopping board and cut in to bite-size squares.
I drizzled the finished batch in melted chocolate for extra lushness, and enjoyed seeing them get devoured by my friends (as well enjoying a *few* myself). Cutting these bad boys in to bite-size portions makes it much more *okay* to eat more than one……