Chocolate, Raspberry And Roasted Hazelnut Oaties

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Chocolate, Raspberry And Roasted Hazelnut Oaties

Uncooked raspberry flapjacks

This isn’t my own recipe but it’s a new discovery and I’ve made it twice in the past week so thought I would share it with you.  Think of it as a raspberry flapjack; a great combination!

You can find the full recipe on the Sainsbury’s Magazine website here but before you get started I’ve made a few notes from my experience of baking these ‘oaties’.

Raspberry flapjacks

I didn’t have a loose-bottomed square tin so I just used a regular square cake tin and lined it with greaseproof paper and it came out fine.  My tin was also a tiny bit larger that that recommended at 21cm square and I found it quite hard the first time to cover the whole tin with the mixture so the second time I increased the quantities a bit.  I used 150g porridge oats, caster sugar and self-raising flour and 90g butter and syrup.  I left the other quantities the same except I only had 150g raspberries because that’s the size of pack they were in but there seemed to be plenty.

The second time I made the recipe I melted the syrup and butter together and found that made the mixture easier to combine.  I also used the whole egg instead of just the egg yolk (much to the dogs’ disgust because using up leftover egg is their job!).  That was a mistake the first time but given it didn’t seem to do any harm I repeated it the second time because I thought it would help to balance the increased quantity of dry ingredients.

I found the oven temperature a bit hot.  It might just be my oven but I would recommend keeping an eye on it from about 30 minutes to make sure it doesn’t over-cook.

Raspberry flapjack

Finally, I think I’d like these without the chocolate chips but I didn’t want to try that today because we’re just off for a weekend in Skipton with my partner’s family and this batch of flapjack is my contribution.  I don’t know whether the chocolate plays a part in holding the flapjacks together and didn’t want to risk a failure at this point! I’ll give that a try next time. 

Don’t forget you can find the full recipe here.  Happy Cooking!

A note about salt

You might have noticed that I rarely mention salt in my recipes. I just don’t use it a lot. I’m sure a lot of people would think my cooking is ‘under seasoned’ but I have to watch my blood pressure and I’m used to not using much. There are some things, like rice, where I add a bit at the table but I rarely add it into my cooking.