Flapjacks are our go-to baking recipe, but even we get bored of them sometimes. This is a good alternative, halfway between a flapjack and a traybake, and it still uses ingredients that we tend to have on hand. You could adapt it if you like - a bit of orange zest would be nice, or even a handful of raisins.
200g unsalted butter
170g rolled oats
150g soft brown sugar
1 - 2 eating apples, peeled and thinly sliced
140g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice
Pinch of salt
Drop of vanilla extract (optional)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190c/170c fan/gas 5 and grease/line a 20cm square tin.
2. In a large pan, melt the butter and sugar gently until dissolved and well mixed.
3. Add all the dry ingredients to the pan and mix well.
4. Dollop half the mixture into the tray, pushing and spreading it until the base is completely covered. Cover in the slices of apple, and don’t worry if there are gaps between them.
5. Dollop the remaining mixture on top and spread to cover the top evenly until the apple is covered.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden and risen and quite firm on top.
7. Cool in the tin before slicing into squares.
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