So ... this is an indulgent treat for those who choose not to participate in the fruity side of Christmas fare - it's only fair that they should get a treat too, and there's nothing to say that you can't share it, now is there?
You've all heard of flapjack, and probably made it. Usually it's a golden brown, sweet chewy bar, but not very exciting. I hear you saying, but it's not indulgent. However, this is triple chocolate flapjack. Yes, that's right, three forms of chocolate going on in here, if that's not indulgent, I don't know what is! No, it's not healthy - it's not supposed to be, it's a treat, and treats are allowed to be unhealthy - in fact they probably should be.
It was my local WI Christmas party this afternoon, and I wanted to take along something that was vegan, gluten free, but wouldn't make everyone run away in horror at the thought of it - you know how some people can be "Oh, it's vegan, I don't eat vegan food!", or "Oh, well, I won't have any because I can eat normal foods." I decided to make these to take along as most people eat chocolate, and they look "normal"!
Alas, my cupboard had run out of golden syrup, so I had to make an emergency dash down the road to buy some before I could continue with the baking. Still, the excercise must have burned off at least half a slice worth of calories, mustn't it? :-)
Triple Chocolate Flapjack
75 g golden syrup
75g soft brown sugar
75g plain chocolate
290g rolled oats
50g plain chocolate for topping - you could go mad here, and use one of the lovely spiced bars - well, it is Christmas!
Put the oven on to heat at 180C, gas 4, 350F. Grease a shallow baking tin approx 11" by 7", or line with silicone, or non-stick sheet if you prefer.
Melt the syrup, margarine, sugar and 75g chocolate in a large glass bowl in the microwave, or in a saucepan if you prefer.
Sieve the cocoa and mix with the oats. Stir into the melted ingredients.
Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for about half an hour until firming nicely. Allow to cool in the tin for about five minutes, then mark into fingers or squares and allow to go cold. I was told that only 'finger food' should be taken for the party, so I cut mine into small squares so that they looked dainty, rather than the more usual finger shapes.
When cold, remove from the tin and break into the shapes you marked.
Melt the 50g of plain chocolate and spread over the fingers or squares.
I placed each square in a paper case as they were going to be on the buffet table.