Saturday, 11 September 2010

Organic Plum and Apple Flapjacks

I went along to a friends house early this week, (remember the courgette, apple and apricot cake). She’s been inviting me over since she moved into the area (over a year). Well this year, I was lured into her den with the promise of coming back home with a bag of fruit growing in her garden. She did not disappoint. Abundance of eating and cooking apples, I had missed out on her plums, coming home with a dozen or so. The other thing I found myself doing was picking her wild brambles aka blackberries.

So what to cook with first, the apples can wait. So it was either the plums or the brambles, okay it’s the plums as they are pretty ripe. So what’s it gonna be?! I've made a number of plum cakes last year; and although each one was delicious, I wanted something else.
So after flicking through my cookbooks, I decided on making some flapjacks. Yes, plum flapjacks. A cross between biscuit and cake. These days flapjacks come in many flavours, but traditionally they are made with rolled oats, butter, sugar and golden syrup. One of my fellow bloggers notified me that in America flapjacks are known as a pancake. I found that extremely interesting.

As the plums and the apples were organic, I thought in order to support awareness for the Soil Association’s Organic Fortnight 3 – 17 September 2010, UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, I thought I'd use organic oats, butter and sugar for this recipe. The flapjacks were sweet and sour and sharp just from the plums. I think, other than taking these into work to snack on, which was good. These flapjacks could easily be eaten with a spoon and some good organic vanilla ice-cream.
After reading some of your comments it occurred to me that I made some Strawberry and Raspberry oat bars last year. So if you want more oats in your slice, you may want to check out those recipes. You can even replace the strawberries and raspberries with autumnal blackberries and even plums.
Plum and Apple Flapjacks
You will also need a non-stick baking tin measuring 10 x 6 inches (25.5 x 15 cm) and 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep, lightly greased. I made mine in a round 9 inch tart dish, in which case it can be cut into 8-10 wedges.
350g fresh plums
1 medium apple
1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 oz (150 g) organic porridge oats
10 oz (275 g) organic plain wholemeal flour
1 level teaspoon salt
8 oz (225 g) butter
4 oz (110 g) light brown soft sugar

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6.
Start by cutting all the plums in half, around and through their natural line, give a little twist to separate the halves and remove the stones, then cut them into thin slices. Now place them in a bowl. Grate the apple. Toss in with the plum and stir in the cinnamon. Next mix the flour and porridge oats together with the salt in a mixing bowl, then melt the butter and sugar in a small saucepan over a fairly gentle heat, stirring from time to time until the butter has melted. Now mix the melted butter and sugar with the oat mixture, starting with a wooden spoon but finishing off with your hands so you end up with a lump of dough. Now halve the dough and press one half of the mixture into the baking tin, pressing it firmly all over the base with your hands like a wall-to-wall carpet. Next scatter the plum-apple mixture evenly over the surface, then top with the remaining oat mixture, again pressing down firmly.
Now place the tin on the centre shelf of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or a bit longer if you like the top really crispy. Then remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before marking into 15 squares – to do this make 2 cuts length ways, then 4 cuts width ways, and don't worry if they're not all even. Unless you want to serve these warm, leave to cool completely in the tin. Original Delia Smith 'Plum and Apple Slices' recipe can be found here.


  1. I love the word flapjacks :) my mom used to make some apple ones as well!

  2. Thanks Carissa.
    It is an interesting word 'flapjacks' I was reading somewhere that the word may have originated from the US.

  3. I have only grown to love flapjacks recently but the ones I have had usually have more oats - I get a little unsure of exactly what is a flapjack when I see this recipe - when we were growing up we would just call it a slice

  4. Mango- thank you so much for the very sweet and genuine comment on my blog. I am so flattered, and it totally made my day!! I feel the same towards you and your blog! One of the reasons I love your blog so much is that I can feel through your writing and pictures that you are such a kind and sweet person, (not to mention an amazing cook and photographer!!) And I love your effort to cook with seasonal ingredients so much. It really motivates me!
    Yes, flapjack in the US does mean pancake! It is so interesting how a word can mean something pretty different in different areas. I LOVE the idea of the plum flapjack served with vanilla ice cream. That would be such a delicious combination! Thank you for taking the time to share another wonderful recipe!

  5. I will definitely be making these since we have a plum and apple tree in the garden. Love the wall to wall carpet image!

  6. Ciao Mangocheeks,

    Do you think that this could this be made just with oats (maybe a mixture of cremota and oats), without flour?

  7. Another great recipe - husband has just aquired a punnet of damsons. Do you think they'll work OK?

  8. Hey! Love the recipe. You have some absolutely great recipes on here and I can't wait to try some of them out.

    I thought I would ask you for some advice because you seem to be a really experienced at growing fruit and veg! Could you give me some tips or do you know of any good websites to help me on my way to growing my own veg? I litterally have no garden, I share a patioed area with other flats so I am hoping to make a mini garden in two large trough planters. Is it too late in the year to start now? What are some good (easy) to grow salad, fruits and veg that I can rotate and start growing now so I can have lovely fresh fruit and veg throughout the year!

    I did try the fruit and veg box scheme, which I loved but was too pricey for my budget. So I would love to grow some veg and then also shop at the market to fill in the gaps.


    Johanna GGG.
    You are totally right, a real flapjack is made with a lot more oats, this should really be called a slice. I just like flapjack.

    Your so welcome Morgan.
    I really mean't every word.
    Thank you for humbling me too X
    I have to give my husband the credit for most, not all, of the photographs. Its certainly a joint effort these days.

    Oh Lou, you are so lucky to have both an apple tree and plum tree in you garden. Please enjoy the fruits! Its not every year the trees are laden with fruit. I had not apples from my tree last year, this year I may just get some.

    Thanks Alessandra.
    Thanks for your e mail too X

    Yes I think you could this be made just with oats (maybe a mixture of cremota and oats).

    Oh Jee.
    I hope my response is not too late. I have to admit I have never ever eaten damsons, they are a bit like plum? Yes, in which case my answer would be Yes. Please do also check out my up-dated blog entry, you may like the look of the 'oat bars'.

    Thank you so, so much Vegetarian Girl.
    So lovely to make your acquaintance!

    I'm only an amateur gardener, but thanks for the vote of confidence! I don't know of website to recommend. I began with a few Growing Vegetable books. See listed below.
    #1 Complete book of Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit by Matthew Bigg et al
    #2 Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by HDRA
    #3 Fork to Fork by Monty and Sarah Don
    #4 Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton

    I would strongly encourage you to begin small, don't get over ambitious and be realistic with what you can grow in your space. I'd recommend having your own herb garden/trough planters. hardy herbs: thyme, rosemary and sage - all good to plant now. It is a little too late now for other veg, radishes are your best bet right now. I think you may have missed your chance to plant Christmas potatoes too.

    Have you thought about putting your name down for an allotment plot with your local council?

    I agree re: fruit and veg box scheme, I too found them pricey.

    Kind wishes

  10. Oh WOW! I have plenty of plums and apples, and flapjacks are one of our scottish happiest surprises! During our holidays, we saw some in a bakery, having no idea of what it was. So.... we had to taste ;-) Lovely!
    Thank you for this perfect recipee; my kids will thank you too!

  11. Thank you so much spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    So pleased you now have a way to use up your plums and apples!

    I hope your kids enjoy and feel transported back to Scotland through the flavours and texture of the oats!

  12. looks so delicious if it was here in my house I'd be snacking on some for breakfast. This will be perfect for using up some of the latest damson jam which just wouldn't set to the right consistency and is more puree like than usual.

  13. Thanks Nic.
    I've kept forgetting them for brekkie, so have ended up having a slice every time i have come in from work.

    I think your damson jam would be perfect in it too.


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