If you follow me on Instagram stories you’ll see that our mad whippet, Lyra, absolutely ADORES blackberries. I’ve been out picking with her several times and she’ll actually beg for blackberries (and pick them off the lower branches herself). Still, when I’m not competing with the dog for them, I’ve actually been able to pick quite a few. These honey and blackberry flapjacks came about after I offered to make some for Mr E’s work – he’s always complaining that everyone else brings in home made cakes, etc and I never bake anything. He then went on to say, but only do flapjack if it’s ‘full ‘fat’.
Let me explain, shall I? *sigh* – my last flapjack attempt pared down the butter and the sugar in an attempt to create a bit more of a healthy snack. Sadly, my family don’t want healthy, they want rich and buttery, so this one, in order to placate the moaners, is back up to full volume on the butter, but with honey substituted instead of golden syrup. If you like, and in order to make them a tad more autumnal, you could add a teaspoon of my absolute favouritest autumn flavouring, Steenberg’s pumpkin pie mix, which is the nicest thing ever OR you could just add a sprinkle of cinnamon, OR you can just leave them plain. The blackberries are coming to an end now, but I’ve got a frozen stash so I can keep on making them. These are the perfect afternoon or after school (or morning, frankly) treat, and okay I admit, are more soft and yummy than my healthier ones. Darnit.
You will need:
115g brown sugar
4 tablespoons honey (or golden syrup)
400g rolled oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie mix
A couple of handfuls of blackberries, rinsed
Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat until it’s all runny and combined, then take it off the heat and stir in the oats, spices, and finally – gently – the blackberries.
And that’s kind of it, really. Press the mixture into a buttered tin and bake at gas 4/gas 180 for 15-20 minutes.
Do make sure you cool them completely before cutting and removing from the tin or they’ll just fall apart.
Of course you don’t have to use spice, or blackberries, or indeed anything – feel free to add chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, orange zest, peanut butter, grated apple… whatever flavouring you like.
Plus, of course, if you can get your manicure to match your blackberries, you get extra Instagram points 🙂