Sunday, 4 May 2014

Coffee and Cake



I've been more than a little impressed with Asda's home wares collection recently. I don't know what they've done but suddenly it's all very gorgeous, and affordable too. You may remember a few weeks ago that I shared my new tea towels (and may I just say that I love being able to do that here and that none of you think I'm bonkers) and, well, I sort of went back and bought some more. Oh, and I have matching mugs too - I bought them about a month ago and they have become firm favourites. I wish they'd do some matching place mats, I really need some new ones, the wipeable sort. We are a messy family.

I had fun picking a few bits and bobs which I like...mugs, cushions, lamps, pretty things:



And there's other stuff not in the stores, like coffee tablessofas - everything you might need to enjoy coffee and cake, really. And talking of which, here is a recipe for you. It's my mum's, her go-to, foolproof, fail-safe, cake-tin filler of a recipe, and it's become mine too. It's ridiculously easy (to make and to eat) and only uses one bowl. 

Ingredients:

1 lb or 450 g oats
8 oz or 225 g sugar (brown or white, although I prefer the toffee flavour brown gives)
8 oz or 225 g butter
3 tbsp golden syrup

Method: 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.
  • Melt together the sugar, butter and syrup. I always do this in a large bowl in the microwave, although you could do it in a saucepan on the hob. 
  • Stir in the oats.
  • Tip into a square baking dish and press flat.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • As they are cooling, cut them into squares. You'll easily get 16 large flapjacks.
  • Store in a tin - they keep for ages, a week easily.



Variations:

Add grated apple and cinnamon, or chocolate and banana chips, or sultanas and cherries to the mixture before baking. 

You could cover them with melted chocolate while they are still in the tin, before cutting them. That's very good indeed.


They are good for snacking, lunchboxes and coffee breaks. I always intend to eat one while sitting down with a cup of coffee and a magazine, but what usually happens is I eat it standing up at the kitchen worktop while waiting for the kettle to boil. But that's just greedy old me.


This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Asda.

39 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Well I think I'll be baking those in the very near future. Adding apple and cinnamon sounds like a good idea.
I think there's lots of lovely home ware around at the moment, all bright and cheerful. It makes me feel that I would love to shed some and then gain some!

Amy H said...

Cherries in flapjack is an excellent idea, reminds me of my childhood. Think I'll be popping out for some glace cherries this afternoon...thank you for the idea!

My Yellow Heart said...

Oooh love all of your purchases!!! x

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe, sounds really very good! Can you please tell what size your baking dish is, please. Here on the continent we don't have the UK sizes and I think here the size really matters :)
Lena

Ingrid Orens said...

Yummy - that recipe sounds delicious !

I checked out the Asda website - dangerous, véry dangerous for my wallet... they deliver internationally... why oh why did you post this ;-)......

Greetings from Belgium, Ingrid

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the recipe, it sounds good. I'm pretty sure Asda is the same company as Walmart in the US, and I would absolutely agree that it's very impressive to find things like that there. That's all I'm going to say about that. :) These are lovely items, enjoy them.

Ali said...

Lovely photos (I love the milk carton) - thanks for sharing your recipe x

Chrissie said...

You have a very inviting home! I'd love to sit on that lovely sofa and have a cuppa and a flapjack and talk tea towels with you all afternoon! ;-) Chrissie x PS We made your bird seed balls this week, I have very happy birds in my garden!

Michelle H said...

This is such a simple recipe, can't wait to try it! Asda has some lovely things, you're home is just so wonderful!

rachel said...

Been after a fail safe flapjack recipe for an age. Thanks x

Jen Walshaw said...

I have been trying to get some of those tea towels, but there are not in stock near me and sold out line too!

Gillian said...

Hi Lena - it's aproximately 20 x 20 cm and 5 cm deep.

Gillian x

Lisa said...

Thank you for the recipe. I picked up one of their catalogues in store a few weeks ago and I must admit I was very surprised at the amount of lovely things they had on offer.
I have resisted so far, but only because I haven't been in town. I love that squirrel mug.
Lisa x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Oh yum, those flapjacks look really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will try these for sure...be perfect for G to take mountain biking with him.
Marianne x

Jay said...

I do like a bit of flapjack but have never made it very successfully so I'll try this recipe. Thank you!

CJ said...

Mmm, you're right, a little chocolate would be an excellent addition. Lovely homewares, I must look out for them, especially tea towels, I'm always in need of tea towels. Everything looks very inviting in your living room, it's all so beautifully done. I hope you enjoy the rest of the long weekend Gillian. CJ xx

Jelly Jam said...

Ha, those tea towels!! You saw they caught my 13 year old daughter's imagination and we turned them into a bag. Now I find myself looking at the tea towel packs everywhere I go!!
Ellie
x

Jacqui Galloway said...

Mmmmmmm, I love flapjacks. Must give your recipe a go.
Jacqui x

Jooles said...

Oooooh it looks so cosy at yours Gillian and thanks for the recipe, I shall definitely being giving that a go ..... I REALLY love flapjacks!
Off to have a look at the website now
love Jooles x x x

Susan Smith said...

The cake looks delicious and your new buys are very 60ish. I quite like going to Asda when we visit UK. Pretty anemones and such a lovely colour. Take care.

pandchintz said...

Great buys - I'm a sucker for a mug! Must try that slice too...yummy

Andrea said...

I knew there was a reason I have tomorrow off...might just go buy some oats and make some myself. :)

Little Miss Know-it-all said...

LOL I always pop into Asda when I'm in England for a quick look - now I'm unexpectedly coming for a long weekend and will definitely head in after you've shown all this!
Mind you, have found cute stuff in other supermarkets like Sainsbury's and Morrison's, too, which I didn't expect, either ;o

amanda peters said...

I too have many home items from Asda, have the fox cuchion, and a cuchion, tin set from a new designer with a rabbit on. Love the milk jug.. We are lucky to have a home store in Guisiley not far from us.

Helene said...

Ooh I'm very impressed with the Asda range too! The squirrel mug is looking quite cool!
And those flapjacks are absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!!

Mereknits said...

I love the cake, it looks very yummy.
Hugs,
Meredith

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

Love the colours and styling in your house - it all looks so fresh! Thanks for sharing
Caz xx

Emily said...

I love seeing little snippets of your home...it is so bright and cheerful! I love the neutral setting with colorful accents. The mugs are great...wish we had an Asda here...they would quickly become my favorites as well.
The cake looks delicious...thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I love a good recipe with just a few ingredients! Thanks, will give it a whirl!

Julia said...

Such inviting and cosy photos! I wish I could come right over, and enjoy a delicious slice of your cake, and a cup of coffee. Your living room is decorated beautifully!

KirstenLN said...

What a cosy livingroom! Love that the colourrange keeps repeating itself in different places and shapes.

Ali Ballon said...

I love your blog and particularly love your stylish house. Everything fits so beautifully and it all looks clean and bright and uncluttered. I find myself looking at things in the background and admiring your taste in all things! Thanks for sharing, and for sharing the recipe, I don't cook but even I can give that a bash! x

The Creative Academic said...

I have one of those mugs and I use it at work. The flapjack looks delicious....it wouldn't last 5 minutes round here! I love to see the little bits of your home Gillian...it really does look lovely.

forgetmenots blue said...

Perfect, what a yummy treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Your flowers are so pretty x

FunkySteph said...

I do love flapjacks! This is a very pleasant post to read... Everything look very quiet, beautiful, I love the flowers and the color coordination...

Rachel Jaques said...

I've made them!!! They went down a treat at my daughters party last night. I've pinned you on Pinterest now....have a look...http://www.pinterest.com/pin/436708495089142157/

Andrea said...

I am not sure if I said it before...but every photo I see of your house is so light and airy and cheerful. I'm always interested to see how homes reflect the characters in them.

PinkCatJo said...

Such great colours in those mugs and tea towels - perfect for this time of year when you need a bit of a boost into summer. The flapjacks sound great. I might just have to make them for our Nursery Team Meeting on Wednesday! x

Anonymous said...

Thank You for sharing the recipie. I have made flapjack few days ago and it is a success. I will make it again for more eaters this weekend, since my family has voted for it as a perfect dessert. I like Your blog very much. (Sorry for my poor English). Egle from Lithuania.