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on Thursday, 29 March 2012

This classic recipe is always a crowd pleaser.

Use the basic four ingredients and add whatever flavours you like - the options are endless! Whip up in mintues for a tasty treat or - if you're feeling really decadent - a sweet and filling breakfast...

600g Oats
450g Soft Brown Sugar
450g Unsalted Butter
180ml Golden Syrup
Optional Flavours to add to the basic recipe:
Vanilla – 2 tbsp vanilla essence
Sultana – 200g sultanas
Date & Walnut – 100g chopped dates and 100g chopped walnuts
Apricot – 200g chopped moist apricots (dried)

For other flavours try experimenting with ingredients such as raisins, chocolate chips, ginger, banana etc


1.Grease a baking tray and line with quality thick foil. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, once melted add the sugar and gently warm.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, golden syrup and your chosen flavour ingredients. Mix well and press into the baking tray using a palette knife or spatula (having been dipped in water to reduce sticking to your utensils).

4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes to a golden colour but not brown as if you leave it too long it will be too hard to cut.

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool wrapped in foil to retain moisture. Once cooled, remove foil and using a large cook’s knife cut to the desired sizes.

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