Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks
Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks

Cherry Bakewell Flapjacks

Super soft, gooey and with a layer of cherry jam through the middle with white chocolate on top – plus a cherry swirl – these flapjacks are sweet, fruity, sticky and delicious.
Photography: FAITH MASON

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Total Time
35 Minutes
150g of unsalted butter
120g of light brown sugar
80ml of golden syrup or honey
¼ tsp of almond extract
200g of rolled oats
80g of ground almonds
For The Filling
200g of cherry jam or cherry compote
For The Topping
200g of white chocolate, broken into pieces, melted & cooled slightly
100g of cherry jam or cherry compote
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan)/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 20cm (8in) square baking tin with non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, golden syrup or honey and almond extract over a low-medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Do not boil or overcook the mix.

Step 3

Turn off the heat, then stir in the oats and ground almonds until they’re fully coated. Pour half the mix into your prepared tin and smooth it out with a metal spoon or rubber spatula.

Step 4

Spread over the cherry jam or compote for the filling, then top with the remaining flapjack mix and smooth it out gently, making sure the jam is fully covered.

Step 5

Bake for 15-20 minutes. It should still be very wobbly when it comes out with golden brown edges. This is the key to soft, gooey flapjacks, so make sure you don’t overbake.

Step 6

Leave the flapjack to cool to room temperature in the tin. This usually takes about 2 hours, but it may take longer.

Step 7

Pour the melted white chocolate onto the cooled flapjack and spread it out to the edges. Give the tin a light shake to smooth out the chocolate, then dollop the jam or compote over the chocolate and gently swirl it through with a knife or skewer to create a pretty pattern.

Step 8

Leave to cool to room temperature or refrigerate for about 1 hour until the chocolate has fully set. If you put it in the refrigerator, take it out about 15 minutes before slicing and use a hot knife to cut through the flapjack so the chocolate is less likely to crack. Cut into 16 squares – they'll store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Extracted from Fitwaffle's Baked In One by Eloise Head (Ebury Press, £22) Photography by Faith Mason

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