I have learned something new today – in America Flapjacks are called Oat Bars. Who knew? To make matters more confusing, an American Flapjack is a pancake.
This isn’t a pancake recipe. It is delicious. Enjoy!
- 3.5 oz margarine
- 1.5 oz coconut oil
- 8 oz soft dark brown sugar
- 2 dessert spoons golden syrup
- 1 oz desiccated coconut
- 11 oz oats
- Handful chopped crystallised ginger
Preheat the oven to 150oC / 300oF.
Put the margarine, coconut oil, syrup, and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat; when melted and well combined stir in the dry ingredients.
Put the mixture into a lined square tin, flatten the top but don’t compress too much.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 40 – 45 minutes.
I made this up at 7.30 this morning – not bad seeing as my brain very rarely kicks into gear until at least 10.00 am!
I needed to bake for the launch of a very exciting project ‘Cake and Conversation’ – an International Cafe for people in Stroud, who are new to the area or feel isolated due their limited English. I wasn’t at all happy with the the flapjack I had made last night (it was not gooey enough for my liking) and, although I had already made my yummy coffee cake, you really can’t have too much cake!
I can reliably inform you that this little invention went down rather well at the cafe.
- 5 oz self raising flour (actually, that’s a fib – I had run out of self raising and used Plain Flour with a teaspoon of baking powder, which was fine)
- 1 oz desiccated coconut
- 3 oz butter
- 1 oz coconut butter
- 4 oz golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- a good splash of milk (if I had had any I would have used coconut milk)
- a handful of frozen raspberries
Pre-heat the oven to 190oC.
Put all of the ingredients, except for the raspberries and milk, into a mixing bowl and combine well using an electric mixer.
When the mixture is beginning to combine nicely, add a tablespoon of milk and whizz some more. If you haven’t achieved a nice smooth batter add another splash or two of milk. Remember to use a spatula to catch all of the dry bits from around the bowl and then whizz some more. The mixture should be the consistency of Extra-thick Double Cream (if you don’t know what that is, go and get some – it is wonderful stuff!).
Line a cake tin with little cake cases. Put approximately a tablespoon of mixture into each cake case – this should do a dozen cakes with a little batter left over.
If the frozen raspberries are large break them in half (they should just break when you squash them because they are nice and brittle when frozen). Put on the top of each cake and then top with the remaining batter.
Bake at the centre of the oven for about 15 minutes. They should rise nicely and begin to look nice and golden brown on top.
This was rather good. I made it up on the spot but it was based on numerous other curries that I have made in the past.
As usual, there are things that you can add/ substitute if the contents of your fridge is a bit different from mine; I wouldn’t play around with the core spices too much though.
If you want this curry to be vegan then use coconut milk instead of the coconut yoghurt; the only reason that I had coconut yoghurt is that someone brought me a pot to go with a yummy pudding (thanks again Penny – I’m making it go a long way!).
These amounts would serve 2 to 3 people; I ate two portions last night (couldn’t resist seconds!) and then had the rest for brunch this morning.
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 or 2 cloves of Garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable stock/ 1 vegetable stock-cube
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 6 small new potatoes, halved
- 1 large mushroom, chopped
- 1/2 tin of chickpeas
- 1/2 tin tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
- Rice (1/2 cup per person)
- Cardamom pods (approx 1 per serving of rice)
- a pinch of Saffron
Fry the onion, carrot, potatoes, garlic and spices in a high smoke-point oil (groundnut or rapeseed/canola); you need to be reasonably generous with the oil and keep a good eye on it.
After a few minutes add the tinned tomatoes, the chickpeas and about 1/3 pint veg stock. When this is bubbling nicely turn it down to a low simmer and leave until the potatoes and carrots are cooked (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Next add the chopped mushroom and coconut yoghurt; at the same time put the rice on, I use 1/2 cup per person and add a little veg stock, cardamom pods and saffron if I have it. A good rule of thumb for cooking rice is for the ‘height’ of the rice in the pan and the ‘height’ of the water above the rice to be approximately the same; then, when the water is gone the rice should be cooked (I’m sure that some of my Asian friends would contradict me there, but that’s how I do it).
When the the rice is cooked take it off the heat and taste the curry, seasoning with a bit more salt and chilli if required.