Black Treacle Flapjack

To me black treacle is one of them things I keep in the kitchen cupboard for the sole purpose of making my Christmas cake as it always has that unappealing black, sticky look which really doesn’t scream “eat me”. I have a very sweet tooth but I also have an addiction to try something completely different that you wouldn’t think would work so I liked the idea of this.

I went ahead and read a little bit into black treacle flapjack and found out that it was originally created in the 1920’s by the women’s instititute, so wasn’t just an idea I had, but was actually a classic recipe.

The recipe I created may not be 100% classic but is easy to make, requires little ingredients and gives you a nice chewy flapjack. I have to say that the flapjacks obviously do taste very strong of bitter black treacle, which gives it strange almost liquorice taste so isn’t recommended for someone with a sweet tooth.

If you are like me and prefer your flapjack very sweet then substitute the treacle for golden syrup and it will still work perfectly. I do recommend using cheap porridge oats (supermarket own type ones) I don’t know why but they seem to create the best tasting flapjack.

Black Treacle Flapjack

250g cheap porridge oats
100g butter
40g light brown sugar
40g dark brown sugar
2 tbsp black treacle

Pre-heat the oven to 160c

1. In a large pan melt the butter, sugar and black treacle together.
2. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the porridge oats until all of the mixture has coated them.
5. Spread onto a small/medium baking try with sides and pat down until nice and squashed in. I think my flapjack were about 2″ thick.
6. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven, and score with a palate knife. I cut mine into 8 generous peices.
8. Leave till completely cool before attempting to get it out of the tray


Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Most people don’t like the same things, like Marmite or marzipan they divide opinions; but there is one flavour you always seem to be able to rely on as a crowd pleaser and that is chocolate orange.

Just the smell of it makes me think of Christmas although this year was the first one in a while that I didn’t end up with an over abundance of Terry’s chocolate oranges that I had to devour before I took the Christmas tree down.

I wanted to make some cakes for my cousin and thought instead of the standard vanilla I would make chocolate orange ones. It’s a really easy recipe to do but looks and tastes really good, especially if you swirl the icing using a flower nozzle.
I decided to use some Nutella in the buttercream icing to make it more chocolatey and it worked very well.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

4oz Margarine
4oz Caster Sugar
4oz Self Raising Flour
1oz Cocoa Powder
2 Eggs
1tsp Orange Essence
Handful chocolate chips

For the icing – a very large tablespoon of margarine mixed with 3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar and 1 level tablespoon of cocoa powder. Once this has been mixed together till it is very light add a tablespoon of Nutella and a teaspoon of orange essence.

Pre heat the oven to 180c Gas 4

In a large mixing bowl, beat the margarine and sugar together till it becomes pale.

In a separate bowl combine the flour and cocoa powder.

Add one egg and a third of the flour and cocoa powder then mix in till just combined.
Do the same with the 2nd egg and flour and cocoa powder.

Stir in the remaining flour along with the orange essence and chocolate chips. You want the consistency to be a little thick but easy to stir. If it looks a little dry add a small drop of milk.

Separate into cake cases and bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes, or until you can press the top of the cakes and they spring back up.

Once cool, top with the chocolate buttercream and decorate how you like. I used gold glitter and a jelly orange slice.

Let’s begin

Hello and welcome to my new blog.  I am quite excited to be blogging again after a couple of years out, I have still been baking but not really storing my recipes anywhere.

I miss writing a blog, I used to spend so much time on my old one that it feels sad to have left it behind.  Luckily I’m in a happy and new home now so the time is right to start a new one.  I never realised that my old one had 11,400 visitors!  That’s more than I could ever have imagined.

I will bring over some of my favourite posts and record them here so we can all share the recipes and hopefully it will inspire me to bake them again because, well, everyone loves cake don’t they?