Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Chilli Chocolate Apricot Flapjacks

Since acquiring chocolate bars from Lucy, I've been going chocolate mad recently, baking Sea Salt and Chocolate Muffins, as well as Black Pepper Chocolate muffins.  This afternoon, D - the chocoholic was happy indulge in more chocolate delights, but not me - so we compromised.  I made some apricots flapjacks enhanced with a little chocolate for him and a little red chilli for me. 

These little oat bites do not blow your head off or make your eyes water.  The chilli flakes in it are very shy hiding amidst the apricot chew.  In fact the chilli flavour is really subtle indeed, creeping gently upon you with the melting sweetness of the chocolate. 
I am sharing some of these bites at the We Should Cocoa Challenge.  We Should Cocoa is alternately hosted by either Chele or Choclette who is this months host.  The theme for this month: October is to create a chocolate dish with the inclusion of chilli pepper. 

I have to admit a number of chilli chocolate inspired dishes crossed my mind.  Sweet ones like my vegan Chocolate Chilli Cake, Chocolate Chilli Brownies, Chocolate Chilli Muffins; as well as  savoury ones such as a Chocolate Chilli Vegetable Curry.  I was even tempted to remake this Vegetarian Black Bean and Chocolate Chilli, but finally decided on these flavourful bites.  
 
Chilli Chocolate Apricots Flapjacks
Makes about 14 - 28 squares
Ingredients
60ml orange juice
100g dried apricots, chopped
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
4 tablespoons golden syrup  
200g unsalted butter
100g soft brown sugar
250g rolled jumbo oats
100g plain flour
50g dark chocolate chips
Method
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3. Grease a 23cm square baking tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment paper.
Pour the orange juice into a small saucepan along with the apricots and chilli flakes. Bring to a gentle simmer.  Remove the pan from the heat but leave it in a warm place for the apricots to plump up and be infused by the chilli spiked orange juice.
Add the golden syrup to the large saucepan. Add the butter and brown sugar. Heat very gently, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Mix the oats and flour. Pour the oat mixture into the saucepan containing the melted butter mixture and add the chilli spiced apricots, along with any juice left in the pan. Mix everything very thoroughly.
Spread the mixture out in the lined tin, then evenly scatter over the chocolate chips. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Leave for a few minutes, then mark the flapjack into squares with a knife. Leave to cool before removing from the tin.

13 comments:

  1. These look absolutely delicious! You have a lovely blog. I love it!

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  2. I love the chocolate-chili combination! I'm also so happy to see real flapjacks - here in the states friends keep calling pancakes flapjacks, and I keep telling them that Flapjacks are oat-bars, giant thick pancakes are American Pancakes, and thinner pancakes are Pancakes... and then they look at me like I'm crazy for caring about such distinctions. :-) I'm looking forward to fixing these and introducing them to proper flapjacks! :-)

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  3. Those sound really good. Are they chewy? I like a chewy flapjack.

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  4. I think you may have been able to guess in advance that I would like the look of these :) Both versions! I hadn't heard of the cocoa challenge either, so I'm thrilled to have discovered that, especially with this month involving chilli. Thank you :)

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  5. I like very much that they are part of a compromise between you and D. I have loved your chocolate cooking recently - very inspiring!

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  6. Thank you Dee.


    Thanks Astra Libris.
    I've come across a number of my American readers calling flapjacks 'pancakes', so I understand what you are saying :-)

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  7. Thanks Jacqueline.
    Yes they certainly are very chewy.


    Thanks Kari.
    :)
    Your not the first to say that I introduced you to the We Should Cocoa Challenge. I think You should try and submit something to the
    Cocoa challenge - there are no prizes, but its fun creating dishes: sweet or savoury with chocolate.


    Thank you Kath.
    Relationships are full of compromises - aren't they :)

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  8. Ah wow how unusual - def would be my kind of thing though!!

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  9. Now there was me hoping you were going to do a savoury entry, but you've won me over because these flapjacks sound delightful. Glad both you and D managed to partake and enjoy. I love flapjacks and these sound delicious. Thanks for participating.

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  10. What an exciting selection of flavours!

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  11. I am less tempted by chilli but I think I would sit on D's side of the fence and fancy the chocolate - plus I just love anything with apricot

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  12. i love these flapjacks.. chili and apricot and chocolate.. awesome!
    and your post about so many or the uknown berries is beautiful. i havent tried most of them.. i would love to get my hand on some elderberries.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog!
    Richa @Hobby And More Food Blog

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