Orange and sesame flapjacks

Orange and sesame flapjacks


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About this recipe: Flapjacks are universally popular, and the light and fruity version here will appeal to the whole family. It’s quick to mix, and not long in the oven. Serve the flapjacks with fresh fruit or yogurt for a speedy breakfast, in place of porridge, or enjoy them as a coffee-break or afterschool energy booster.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 9 

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 55 g (2oz) unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar grated zest of 1 orange
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) orange juice
  • 250 g (8½ oz) rolled oats

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF, gas mark 6). Toast the sesame seeds in a small dry frying pan for a few minutes or until golden, then tip out onto a plate and leave to cool.
  2. Place the butter, golden syrup, sugar, and orange zest and juice in a large saucepan and stir over a low heat for about 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the sesame seeds and rolled oats to the melted mixture and stir until the oats are well moistened. Pour the mixture into a greased 19 cm (7 1/2 in) square shallow cake tin and press down evenly with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until golden brown on top and firm to the touch.
  4. Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then cut the mixture into 9 squares. Leave the flapjacks in place for a further 10 minutes or until they are quite firm. Remove from the tin with a palette knife and leave to cool on a wire rack. They can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Each slice provides

B1, C, folate, copper, iron, zinc

Some more ideas

For honey and banana flapjacks, use 3 tbsp clear honey instead of the golden syrup, and the grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon instead of the orange. Add 1 diced banana to the mixture with the oats. * For apricot and apple flapjacks, add 100 g (3½ oz) chopped ready-to-eat dried apricots and 2 peeled, cored and diced dessert apples with the oats. Omit the sesame seeds.

Plus points

Rolled oats are whole oat grains that have simply been husked and then rolled to flatten, and thus contain all of the nutrients of the whole grain.

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