The Big Fair Bake and Tropical Wholefoods: Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices for a Tea Time Treat!

Organic September, The Big Fair Bake, Tropical Wholefoods: Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices for a Tea Time Treat!

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!

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

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!

Tropical Wholefoods

Tropical Wholefoods

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.

Fairtrade 'Take a Step' logo

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!

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

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

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Serves 10 to 12 slices/squares
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delicious flapjack tray bake, which results in a chewy cake like slice, that is packed full of fruit and oats, as well as cornflakes for an added crunch! This is a cross between a chewy flapjack and cake, it has all the flavours of a traditional flapjack with the added fruit, but is softer and more cake like due to the eggs being added.

Ingredients

  • 100g (4oz) margarine/butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 100g (4oz) sugar (I used Fairtrade sugar)
  • 50g (2oz) oats
  • 100g (4oz) Be-Ro self raising flour (Use any brand if Be-Ro is not available)
  • 75g (3oz) crushed cornflakes
  • 2 free-range eggs (beaten)
  • 100g dried banana and pineapple pieces (I used Tropical Wholefoods Fairtrade chewy sun-dried bananas and pineapple chips)

Note

A delicious flapjack tray bake, which results in a chewy cake like slice, that is packed full of fruit and oats, as well as cornflakes for an added crunch! This is a cross between a chewy flapjack and cake, it has all the flavours of a traditional flapjack with the added fruit, but is softer and more cake like due to the eggs being added.

Directions

Step 1 Melt the margerine/butter and syrup together gently (i.e. low heat!) in a saucepan and then set to one side; add the dried bananas and pineapples to soak slightly.
Step 2 Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, pour in the margarine mixture, mix well, and then add the beaten eggs.
Step 3 Spread the flapjack mixture evenly into a suitably sized and greased baking or ceramic tin - use either more margarine or greaseproof paper for this.
Step 4 Bake in a moderately heated oven (about 190C/375F/gas mark 5) for 20 to 25 minutes, until the flapjack slice is well risen and golden brown, and is firm to touch.
Step 5 Let it set for 5 minutes to cool slightly, then cut into squares or slices whilst still warm.
Step 6 NB: This is a cross between a chewy flapjack and cake, it has all the flavours of a traditional flapjack with the added fruit, but is softer and more cake like due to the eggs being added.
Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Tropical Fruit Flapjack Slices

Comments

  1. says

    wow!… Tropical Flapjacks, they’re genius!… I love those little packs of fruit… any dried fruit is fine by me, I love the way they pack in the flavour so intensely… GREAT entry for our mega challenge this month Karen… nice work!

  2. says

    Karen, I love a good flapjack and haven’t had them for ages. These are just perfect for the take away brekkie running out the door to work, which I often do. I might win some friends if I take them for morning tea too!
    Lovely.

  3. says

    These look gorgeous.
    I will add them to my list of bakes for our Children in Need cake stall at work. Flapjacks always sell well. Thanks for the recipe !!

  4. Joanna Orr says

    My flapjack is hit and miss – I tend to put apple in mine so it doesn’t turn out rock solid!
    Like the idea of the tropical fruit – altho hubby is allergic to pineapple, so I’d substitute that for maybe mango!

  5. Fiona Matters says

    These look yummy – I like the addition of slightly unusual dried fruit rather than just the usual suspects!

  6. Mark Whittaker says

    I love flap jacks and have been making apple ones (my usual favourite ) almost every week for a few years. I tried these however on Monday and they were delicious. I have never thought of adding cornflakes to the mix and really liked what they brought to it ( by the way I also tried bran flakes and whilst the flap jack was denser, quite liked the nuttier flavour) . It was great tip.

  7. Dee Johnson says

    I love tray bakes. Works out really cheap for everyones packed lunches. All homemade so you know whats going in them. I will defo be having a go at this one. We all love flapjacks in this house and at least these are good for you in their own little way

  8. Alexandra Mills says

    I looove flapjacks! Loving your tropical twist, will definitely be jumping on this band wagon! Mmmm!

  9. Kerry-Ann Pope says

    My little boys adore flapjacks, I try to make a batch every week as well as purchasing some as they take big square to school every day in their packed lunches but I’m always trying to think of new combinations to excite them. Will definitely be trying this one.

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