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Fruit oaties

"These oaties are yummy!" it says in my mother’s handwriting on the side of this family recipe. And they really are: flapjacks with ginger and luscious fruit.

  • 225g/8oz rolled oats
  • 150g/5oz butter
  • 170g/6oz demerara sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 100g/3oz sultanas
  • 50g/2oz glacé cherries
  • 25g/1oz angelica
  • ˝ teaspoon ground ginger

Turn on the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Butter a swiss roll tin. Quarter the cherries. Cut the angelica into strips.

Cream the butter with the sugar and the syrup. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

Press the mixture into the tin firmly. Bake for 20 minutes then check: thin oaties will cook quicker than thick ones.

Cut into fingers while still warm and leave in the tin to cool.

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