The Bert has gone fishing today. I’m not entirely sure what appeals about standing out in the rain all day, but he seems to enjoy it and has promised to come back with trout to fill the freezer. Yum!
With The Bert out being hunter-gatherer, I’ve had the day to myself. I’ve been quite busy: done the washing, bins, been to the supermarket, popped into town – where I bought this lovely little white cyclamen (I think they are quite hard to keep alive? any tips?)…
And I’ve also done a bit of baking.
I found this recipe for Pistachio Flapjacks in the latest issue of Easy Cook magazine (also just found it on the Good Food website) – I’m usually very fussy about my flapjacks and only really like the plain ones I make from an old family recipe (which I keep top secret!), but these sounded too good not to try. Plus as well as the pistachios they contain dried apricots, which my midwife told me are a good source of iron. Well, I’d better make them pronto then! (I’m hoping they have the same iron-lending tendencies once coated in butter and sugar and cooked in the oven?!).
Here they are in the making… om nom nom… Just look at the colour of the pistachios::
If you’d like to give them a go, then I’ve typed the recipe out here for you::
- 140g butter
- 140g soft brown sugar
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 175g rolled oats
- 75g chopped pistachios
- 140g dried, chopped apricots
- Put the butter, soft brown sugar and honey in a small pan and heat gently until melted.
- Tip the oats, pistachios and dried apricots into a medium bowl and mix well.
- Pour over the melted butter mixture and stir to combine.
- Transfer to a greased and lined 20cm x 20cm tin and cook at fan 140C/conventional oven 160C for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove and cool in the tin, then cut into 16 slices.
Ohhhh don’t they look delicious – the perfect rainy-day pick-me-up! I’m supposed to wait until they are cool before cutting (I can see why, as they started breaking apart after these initial cuts)… so I guess I’d better wait for tasting too. I will let you know what I think! Could this be the recipe to tempt me away from my fail-safe family favourite?
Edited to add:: I’ve sampled two of these now (you can’t really get a sense from just one, and there’s the goodness of the apricots to yield, don’t forget) and they really are very tasty! I can recommend. Apparently they are good post-fishing fodder too! (The Bert has returned from a successful day – 2 fish caught, 40 (EEK! FORTY!) fillets of trout now in the freezer! please don’t let there be a power cut…)