Sorry about the silence round here, I've been a bit preoccupied of late. However, a little while ago I volunteered to take part in a blogger ingredients swap, hosted by Ruth of Makey Cakey. Ruth partnered up all of the participants and then we got in touch with each other, discussed likes/dislikes and allergies and then sent off a parcel containing swap ingredients.
I am a little late posting this, as Ruth asked us to blog about our makes by the 30th November but hopefully it'll be worth waiting for.
I was paired up with Jono, Ruth's husband, who blogs about his adventures with four ingredient cookery here. Check out his inventive recipes and find out what he made with my parcel to him. My swap ingredients were fab - some lovely fudge and a packet of dried fairtrade mango. I have to confess that it seemed a crime to bake with such special fudge so I took it in to work and we all shared it - it was very well received, and utterly delicious.
For the mango I decided to make mango and chocolate flapjacks:
Mango and Chocolate Flapjack
120g light muscovado sugar
200g golden syrup
350g rolled oats
150g dark chocolate, chopped into fairly big pieces
60g dried mango, chopped
- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Grease and line an 8x12" (20x30cm) rectangular tin with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter, sugar and syrup and when all gooey and melted, add the oats and mix well.
- Add the chocolate and mango, mixing as quickly as possible because the warm oats will melt the chocolate, spoon into the tin, spread out and bake for around 30 minutes until golden.
- Allow to cool slightly then mark into pieces.
The chocolate melted as I was mixing the flapjack before baking it, so there weren't any chocolate chunks, but the taste was still there, and still good. This went down very well indeed - I received many compliments on it, so thank you Jono for the delicious ingredients you sent, they were very much enjoyed.
Mango and chocolate... Man, what a combo! I love that these must have been a little tart and a little sweet too. Gorgeous!
Looks lovely. I love dried mango, its so wonderfully chewy. Great idea to add it to flapjacks.
These look delicious! I've never used dried mango before, but will have to give these a go.
I love mango ... and of course I also love chocolate ... but it has never occurred to me to try the two together. I can clearly see I have been missing out. Hope the preoccupation has been for fun reasons ;0)
Ooh - I've never seen mango in a flapjack. I bet it's robust flavour works really well.
What a great challenge...I'm not sure what I would have come up with for dried mango but your flap jacks look fab...and what a great combination with the chocolate! :-)
Absolutely, this is such a great challenge and I've really enjoyed reading what everyone has been sent and been making. Hope everything okay with you
Dom - Tart and yet sweet - a great combo of flavours.
Katie - I thought the texture would work well!
theveryhungrybaker - I hope you like them.
Chele - Chocolate and mango seemed like good partners to me!
CC - you'll have to give it a go!
Laura Loves Cakes - thanks!
Kate - it's been interesting to see what people have made hasn't it!
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