The Big Fair Bake and Tropical Wholefoods:
Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices
for a Tea Time Treat!
It’s been a busy month for me and I am way behind with my Sepia Saturday posts; for those of you who don’t know what they are, it’s my weekly attempt to bake my way through seventy to eighty years of Be-Ro cookbooks…...Sepia Saturday. But, I have managed a sepia bake this week, albeit a combined one for several worthwhile events and challenges, I have made, with much tweaking, a batch of Flapjacks from the 40th edition of the Be-Ro cookbook, which formed part of a pile of tea time cookbooks that I managed to get together (for the September Tea Time Random Recipes event) whilst staying at my daughter’s flat – luckily she is an avid baker and cook, and has lots of books, some of which were “hand-me-downs” from me!
This recipe for Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices has been adapted slightly, well quite a lot actually, I recently received a box of the most amazing Fairtrade and organic dried fruits and mushrooms from Tropical Wholefruits. I was sent packets of dried mango, pineapple, banana, raisins, apricots as well as spiced apricot kernels, which are delicious. And, amongst my tropical bounty of dried fruits and fruit bars, were packets of mushrooms too, such as porcini, chanterelle and oyster mushrooms – I have enough dried fruit and mushrooms to see me through quite a few meals, but, I wanted to try some of the tropical fruits first, so, I added some dried bananas and pineapple chips to the standard Be-Ro flapjack recipe, as well as increase the flour and add two eggs, so my flapjacks became a flapjack tray bake!
Not only are Tropical Wholefoods dried fruits organic, making this recipe perfect for Organic September, but their ingredients are endorsed by Fairtrade too, so this is a perfect bake for The Big Fair Bake, which is Fairtrade’s baking event running from the 24th September to the 7th October. The Big Fair Bake is the perfect excuse to get inspired, put on your pinny and bake up a treat for others; not just the friends and family, but also in order to aid the farming communities who grew the ingredients. Simply buy and bake with Fairtrade ingredients, tell Fairtrade who you’re baking for and you could win a KitchenAid or one of 10 Big Fair Bake Goodie Bags! You can find ideas and tips for making your cake go further here.
I plan to bake as much as I can, within the restraints of my travel plans over the next week, and this recipe is my first offering, not only for Organic September and Tropical Wholefoods, but also for the The Big Fair Bake, and as my entry into this month’s Tea Time Treats challenge, and Dom’s Random Recipes, which have joined as a shared challenge this month.
Tropical Wholefoods is a fascinating company; and you can read all about the company and their factory here: Our Fairtrade Factory. I baked these for my daughter and her flatmates, and she also took them to work to share with her colleagues……..but, I am making another batch tomorrow for the The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for MacMillan, so, a double charity bake. DO try to join in the MacMillan coffee morning, and the Fairtrade Baking Fortnight…….your bakes will not just benefit your family, friends or colleagues at work, but they will aid the farmers who grew the products for Fairtrade, as well as MacMillan Cancer Care too…….and, you all get to eat delicious cakes and bakes!
That’s all for today, I will be attending Food Blogger Connect for the next three days, so my posts might be a bit errartic, but I will be back soon with more 5:2 recipes, reviews, press events, cheese, flowers and two new giveaways for October, as well as a Fishy Friday post too, but it may be on Saturday or Sunday! Have a great weekend, Karen