Blackcurrant and Liquorice Flapjacks

I’ve always thought of blackcurrant and liquorice as being a bit of an odd flavour combination, I mean it sounds as though it shouldn’t work (liquorice is such a strong flavour after all) but somehow it just does. When I was in Iceland last week I stumbled across a bookshop café that was selling little bottles of flavour syrups and couldn’t resist buying a couple…liquorice being one of them.

If you can’t find liqourice syrup, Amazon sell liquorice flavouring which works equally as well, but you may want to use less of it if as it is likely to be stronger tasting.

If you like those old school blackcurrant and liquorice boiled sweets you can get…you are going to love these.

What’s In It?

  • 400g Oats
  • 150g Unsalted Butter
  • 150ml Honey
  • 150g Blackcurrant Jam*
  • 2 tsp Liquorice Syrup
  • Natural Liquorice (to decorate)

How Do I Make It?

Preheat the oven to 160ºC and greases 8 squares of an individual brownie tin.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and then stir in the honey and liquorice syrup.

Heat gently until well combined, then remove from the hob and mix in the oats.

Place approximately 1 heaped dessertspoon of oats into each square in the tin, making sure to pat down with the back of the spoon.

Spread heaped teaspoon of blackcurrant jam over this oat layer.

Cover with oats and pat gently with the back of a spoon or palette knife to ensure no jam can leak out.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Leave the flapjacks to completely cool in the tin before removing or they will fall to bits.

Decorate with slices of natural liquorice.

*You could make your own blackcurrant chia jam for this if you would prefer not to use ready made shop bought jam… I couldn’t find blackcurrants for love nor money, but you may have better luck!

TOP TIP – These flapjacks can easily be made so that they are suitable for vegans. Simply switch out the butter and honey and replace with coconut oil and maple syrup or agave nectar.


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