Yesterday I put on my apron, fired up the oven, rolled up my sleeves and made a batch of indulgent chocolate cherry flapjack! My daughter has reached the half way point in her GSCE exams, she’s exhausted, she’s wonderful and she deserves these!
I used my basic, reliable, everyday flapjack recipe (not actually ‘every day’, that would be mad) and jazzed it up with chocolate and dried cherries. As they baked the warm smell of oats and cocoa filled the house – a comforting smell to come home to, full of promise. She has been working so hard, I’m incredibly proud of her, we can’t wait until exams are over and we can escape to the sea! But, in the meantime, I let the restorative powers of chocolate and a night off work their magic!
- 180 g/¾ cup butter/vegan margarine
- 180 g/¾ cup soft brown sugar
- 4 tbsps Golden Syrup
- 375 g/4 cups Porridge Oats
- 2 handfuls of branflakes
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 75 g/½ cup dried cherries
- 50 g/? cup dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa
- 16 fresh cherries
- You will also need a 23cm (9") x 23 cm (9") baking tin and baking parchment
Preheat your oven to 170C/325F/Gas Mark 3.
Grease and line your baking tin.
Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan.
Mix together the oats, cocoa and bran flakes and add to the pan.
Stir well to combine throughly.
Add the dried cherries and stir again so that they are evenly distributed.
Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes until the flapjack is brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for ten minutes, cut the flapjack into 16 squares and leave to cool completely in the tin.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl standing over a pan of hot water.
Drizzle the top of the cooled flapjack with chocolate and leave to set.
Dip the cherries into the remaining chocolate and leave to set on a piece of baking parchment.
Top each flapjack with a chocolate cherry!
Chocolate cherry flapjack is the sort of indulgent treat that I love making to greet tired and hungry teenagers (and the 10 year old – his eyes lit up when he realised what I was up to!), unfortunately my second born really doesn’t like dried fruit so I’m going to have to make another batch without the cherries – what a hardship!
You might like to look at my recipe for traditional flapjack which you can find here in a post I wrote way back in 2011 at the BEGINNING OF TIME!
I developed this recipe for chocolate cherry flapjack for the #WeShouldCocoa monthly challenge run by Choclette at Tin and Thyme, this month the theme is Oats, do click on the badge below to see what everyone else came up with!
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Edited 2018 to add that this chocolate flapjack is very easy to veganise which means that I can still indulge – swapping the butter for a good vegan margarine (I use Suma) makes no discernible difference, hoorah! Bring on the vegan flapjack and make it chocolatey and indulgent!