Meal Type: Dessert, Breakfast
Cook time:45 Minutes
Servings: 20 squares
Apple pie in flapjack form! Almost everyone loves a flapjack and they are one of the speediest bakes to make – perfect for when you are short on time but fancy a treat. Be careful not to overbake the flapjacks or they will become crisp and brittle rather than soft and squishy.
These are easy to adapt to suit gluten- or dairy-free diets – simply check that your oats are gluten free and swap the butter for a dairy-free alternative.
3. Pour the melted contents of the saucepan over the oats, add the grated apple and sultanas. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until fully combined.
4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and spread/press into the corners of the tray. Gently press down to level the top. I find a potato masher is the ideal implement for this job! Sprinkle the flapjack mixture with the demerara sugar that you set aside.
5. If you have a 3 or 4 oven AGA range cooker- slide the tin onto the bottom runners of the baking oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. The flapjack is ready when very slightly bronzed at the edges and a little firm in the centre. The flapjack will continue to cook for a few minutes once out of the oven and will firm up as it cools.
If you have a 2 oven AGA range cooker – place the tin into a large ‘fits on runners’ roasting tin and hang from the bottom runners of the roasting oven. Slide the cold plain shelf onto the second runners. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The flapjack is ready when very slightly bronzed at the edges and a little firm in the centre. The flapjack will continue to cook for a few minutes once out of the oven and will firm up as it cools.
6. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before carefully removing to cool on a wire rack. Wait until completely cool before cutting into squares with a sharp knife.
Aga Range Cooker Tips!
In a 2 oven AGA range cooker, using the cold shelf helps shield the cake from the fierce heat at the top of the roasting oven.
Placing the tin into a large roasting tin protects the sides and moderates the temperature further, turning the bottom part of the oven into a temporary ‘baking oven’ within the roasting oven.
It may sound obvious, but don’t store your cold shelf in the AGA range cooker! It needs to be cold in order to be useful!
Don’t be tempted to cut the flapjacks before they are cool – they will crumble and fall apart. Once completely cool, they will slice neatly into squares.