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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #15 – Blackberry and Apple Flapjack


With school still out for the summer, Lewis and I took ourselves foraging for blackberries on our bikes. This is Lewis’ first six weeks off as a school kiddie, and on a lazy Monday afternoon, this felt like a lovely school holiday kind of thing to do. I’m definitely going to make this a staple of summer school holidays to come.

We did go foraging for blackberries last year after Lewis declared he wanted to make a blackberry and chocolate cake, but given massive amounts of chocolate in the recipe I used, I wanted to steer him towards something at least a little bit more wholesome this time around.

With some gentle persuasion we settled on flapjack. As a flapjack lover, this was certainly no problem for me, so I set about finding a recipe.

Blackberry and Apple Flapjack by the Contented Baker
Some googling picked up a blackberry and apple recipe, on The Contented Baker’s blog. The blog doesn’t appear to be active anymore, which is a shame as there are some gorgeous looking recipes on there. Check the site out in case it comes down any time soon!


As fate would have it, we collected exactly 150g of blackberries, which is precisely what you require for the recipe, and after a raid next door for a couple of Bramleys we were all set for an afternoon’s baking.

At this point I have to admit that despite my obsession with porridge, I have no idea what buckwheat porridge flakes are, so we made up the normal oats to 375g. Apart from that we followed the recipe as is.

A Good Recipe for Children
For parents out there, I’d say this is a good recipe to make with children. Not only are flapjacks are easy, the squishing and spreading of the blackberries to make the ‘flapjack sandwich’ gives this recipe some added interest. The recipe was also short enough for Lewis to maintain his interest; no mean feat when Bitz and Bobs is playing on loop in the living room.

I was half expecting the blackberry and apple mixture to bubble up through the top oat layer but everything stayed where we put it and and the result was a perfectly presentable flapjack. The boys waited (im)patiently for the cake to cool before it cut easily into slices without any breaking up.

A Proper Flapjack Recipe
This is a proper flapjack recipe – no holding back on the butter and syrup so that nothing really sticks together, and the flapjacks taste all the better for it. The blackberries are sweet and a classic mix with the apple, with the caster sugar taking the edge off any tartness.

Rhubarb Flapjack?
They’ve also given me an idea on how I might make a rhubarb flapjack work too. Rhubarb is my favourite fruit to cook with and I’ve a long held ambition to conjure a flapjack from the stems. I’ve never found a recipe, and thought that this is probably because it would be hard to hold the juices in, but I reckon this solid flapjack recipe could be up to the challenge.

I’ve a few stems to use up before the summer’s out, so watch this space on that one. In the meantime, I’d definitely suggest filling your boots with the bountiful blackberries and giving this recipe a go.

For extra indulgence I would also thoroughly recommend these flapjacks as a dessert with custard.

But maybe after the children have gone to bed. :)


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  1. Maggie MorishAugust 28, 2018 at 9:52 pmReply

    The look on your son’s face says it all — he really loves blackberries! As someone who also likes flapjacks, I can totally relate.

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