Apple Pie Flapjacks

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Flapjacks are good for you, right? It's the cake with which we can kinda kid ourselves that we're taking the healthy option, "Oh, I'm watching my weight at the moment. I'll just have a flapjack". I'm in that camp, we'll just ignore the sugar, butter and copious amounts of golden syrup. Oats are our saviour. 

Apple Pie Flapjacks

If it were up to me, I'd have thrown some nice plump raisins into the mix. Unfortunately I'm forbidden from adding any kind of dried fruit to my home baked treats by my raisin-hating other half.  He's a work in progress, ten years into our relationship and I finally got him to eat a dried apricot.  I'll take the little wins where I can.  If you have more freedom with your ingredients, throw em in and tell me about it! 

Apple Pie Flapjacks




Apple Pie Flapjacks
Makes 12 generous bars

Ingredients:
600g unsalted butter
350g light brown sugar
200g golden syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
700g rolled oats
3 large apples, grated
1tbsp cinnamon 

Method:
Preheat your oven to 160C, grease and line a 20x30 baking tray or use a disposable aluminum tray (I love these).

In a large, heavy bottomed pan melt the butter, sugar and syrup together.  Once melted and combined pour in your oats, grated apples and cinnamon.  Mix until combined and all the oats are coated with delicious buttery goodness.  Spread the flapjack mix in the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown with a slight jiggle.

Allow to cool in tin before cutting and enjoying.  These keep perfectly for around a week in a cute biscuit tin.




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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

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If your valentine is anything like mine, there's one sure fire way to their heart.  Chocolate!  More specifically, chocolate brownies.  These brownies have to power to melt even the chilliest of hearts, Elsa wouldn't stand a chance against these babies.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Not only are these brownies swirled with creamy cheesecake, I've only gone thrown in a generous helping of raspberry jam.  I swear, marbling cheesecake through brownie batter is one of life's little pleasures. Plus, you get to lick the spoon, bonus!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Instagrammers, fellow food snappers and cocktail capturers; please add me up at Katie_PetLamb so I can see your mouth watering photos.   If you decide to whip these treats up for your honey, which I think you should, I'd just love to see the finished result.  Tag your pics with #iheartkatiecakes so I can perv on your creations.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients: 
375g unsalted butter 
375g plain chocolate 
6 large, free range eggs 
350g caster sugar 
225g plain flour 
Good quality raspberry jam

For the cheesecake:
150g full fat Philadelphia
100g caster sugar 
1 large egg

Method:
Preheat oven to 170C and line a 33x23 brownie tin with baking parchment.

Make the cheesecake layer.  In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together the cheese, egg and sugar until thick and creamy.  If it seems a little thin add a teaspoon of flour to thicken the mixture.

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter and chocolate together over a low heat. Mix the eggs and sugar together in a large jug and pour into the melted chocolate, mix till combined.  Add in the flour and stir until just combined, take care not to over mix at this point.  

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out.  Take the cheesecake and spoon blobs onto the brownies, do the same thing with half a jar of good quality raspberry jam.  Take a knife and marble the jam and cheesecake through the brownies.  Bake for 35 minutes or until there is just a slight jiggle in the center of the pan.  Leave to cool completely, preferably overnight in the fridge.

Cut into squares or use a heart shaped cutter to stamp out heart shaped brownies.   Enjoy.
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Baileys Flat White Martini

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There's something about Baileys that just screams decadence.  The velvety smoothness is the perfect accompaniment to a special occasion, and with Valentines day just around the corner you'd be crazy not to try your hand at these flat white martinis.

This super simple cocktail not only tastes amazing but gives the illusion that you really know your stuff behind the bar, even if your usual go to drink is a vodka and soda.  Have two of these ready for your honey coming home this Valentines and I promise they'll be putty in your hands, just make sure you don't burn your M&S dine in for two.


Baileys Flat White Martini
Serves 2

Ingredients:

25ml espresso
25ml vodka
50ml Baileys

Method:

Add all of the ingredients with some ice to a cocktail shaker.  Shake and shimmy that thing until it's all nice and cold.  Strain into two chilled martini glasses and enjoy!

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