Sour cherry and chocolate flapjacks


160 g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

100 g golden syrup

100 g light brown sugar

300 g oats

Pinch of sea salt

100 g sour cherries

100 g 55% chocolate (I used Lindt)

24 x 24 cm baking tray, lined with parchment paper


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C conventional / 160 degrees C fan / gas 4.

Put the butter, golden syrup and sugar into a large saucepan and place on a moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the butter has melted. Add the oats and a pinch of salt. Stir until the oats are covered in the butter/sugar mixture.

Remove from the heat and stir in the dried fruit. Pour into the baking try and press down firmly with a spoon.

Bake in the oven for 20 mins, until the top has turned light golden brown.

Leave to cool in the tin for an hour, then cut into squares.

Break the chocolate up, and place in a small heatproof bowl, sitting on top of a pan of barely simmering water (take care not to let the bowl touch the water). Stir occasionally, until the chocolate has almost melted, then remove from the heat and continue to stir until it has all melted.

Drizzle over the chocolate, and leave for 2 hours for the chocolate to harden.


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