When certain people walk into our lives, it seems as if we have or had known them at some point of time or in another life time. There is an instant connect and something just clicks so perfectly. One such person entered my life just recently. I had often heard about her from my bro-in-law but eventually met her in February at his wedding. He had met her at an ayurvedic wellness centre and often spoke about her charming personality & endearing nature. She has two sons and now considers him her third son.
I was looking forward to meeting her at his wedding and visualised her as a 45/ 50 year old, slightly greying & ageing lady but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw before me a young looking beautiful woman! It was hard to believe she had such grown up sons. What was most striking about her was the tranquillity on her face, the love in her eyes and the beautiful aura that she had about her; it spoke of a beautiful mind and a loving heart. She easily rubbed off her optimistic and positive attitude on people around her. I believe it is not often that we come across such amazing souls.
The two of us hit off instantly.During our chit chat, I happened to asked her if she would like to share one of her recipes with me for my blog (my bro-in-law told me that she was an excellent cook) and she readily shared a few with me. This flap jack recipe was one of them and it instantly caught my fancy coz I had often seen flap jack recipes on the net but never thought of making it until now. I liked the taste and chewy consistency of this flap jack; next time I would try and make a crunchy one (just curious how would that taste!)
I have tinkered with some elements – I added a banana, dessicated coconut and substituted whole wheat flour with granola. Also, substituted sugar with golden syrup (psst…I made the golden syrup at home…it is not easily available in India). The result was a slightly chewy and soft flapjack with sweet hint of banana and tangy touch of strawberry.
Here is the list of ingredients that I used:
1 ¾ cup porridge oats
1 ¾ cup granola (you can even use muesli if you wish to) ½cup dessicated coconut
140 ml golden syrup
130 grams unsalted white butter
275-300 grams strawberries (finely chopped)
1 large ripe banana (mashed)
Pre heat the oven at 190 C. Prepare a 9 inch square tin (I made these in 7 inch but I believe a 9 inch would be better) by lining the base and sides with parchment paper.
On gentle heat, melt the butter and golden syrup. Remove from heat and add the mashed banana. Stir in the oats and granola. Transfer half the mixture into the tin and press evenly and level the surface. Add the chopped strawberries and spread evenly.
Add rest of mixture over the strawberries and press evenly levelling the surface.
Bake till the edges start turning brown and the top is golden brown.
Allow it to cool for 10 minutes and cut into squares.
Carefully remove the squares from the tin and cool completely on a wire rack.
Note: She suggests serving this with vanilla ice-cream…but whipped cream sounds good too…what say?! Yield: 12 squares
Thank you so much Mrs Ashokan for this recipe…I really appreciate it J
Oh wow…these flapjacks are beautiful! What a wonderful array of flavors going on here, too! (I love coconut added to just about anything!) So nice for you to have made such a lovely connection and so a thank you to your new friend as well…for sharing such a terrific recipe! : )
It turned out very yum my dear!The new combination was delicious and every one enjoyed it. Its a very healthy breakfast indeed! All the best for your innovative skills.(It was your hard work,but u seem to have got me famous!That’s being very generous. Thank you)
Wow! Taruna, you have posted a GF recipe. I use rolled oats in my cooking all the time,even if it is not Gluten free. They taste really good and very healthy. I am glad that you met this friend who connected so well with you.
Really interesting story – you have never known until you meet the person. 🙂 It’s rare to find someone like her who makes everyone around so positive. These flapcjacks look really delicious! Wish having some right now with my tea!
It is always wonderful to meet someone that becomes profound in your life. You seem to have found such a person. 🙂 These flap jacks look mouthwatering and delicious. Your photography and food styling is superb!! Really well done! I hope you enjoy many years of friendship with your special friend. 🙂
I actually had to google to find out what Flap Jack is. The pics are amazing!
Good to know that you made your own golden syrup… I too have been wanting to try making it.Is there any particular recipe you followed to make Golden Syrup? I’ve a few bookmarked ones but it would be good to use a tried n tested one. 🙂