I know. I’m as bad as all those retailers decking the aisles with tinsel in August. I just can’t help it though and I don’t care who knows it. I love Christmas. I love it! I want to live in a festive schmaltzy film. I want to wake up on the 25th December and find the Santa sack from my childhood nestled at the end of the bed fit to bursting with chocolate coins and maybe even a pink snail Keeper toy. I want flapjack covered with a layer of mincemeat and grated marzipan in October. Well okay then.
75g brown sugar
30g golden syrup
Pinch of salt
25g rice crispies
Half a jar of mincemeat
Half a block of marzipan, cold from the fridge
I basically followed an old faithful flapjack recipe but you should use your favourite. Pop the oven on at 140C or whatever your recipe says. Then I melted the butter, sugar, syrup and salt in a saucepan (careful measuring out too much syrup, your flapjack won’t hold a slice as well) until just about to bubble. Next I added the oats, rice crispies and sultanas and gave the lot a good stir until completely covered.
I tipped into a silicone tray (so I could avoid any lining activity) that measures about 20 x 24cm and flattened with a metal spoon until level. Then I very carefully spread half a jar of mincemeat (I used ready made stuff this time but I will most definitely be making my drunken cherry brandy mincemeat very soon) on the top of the flapjack – just a very fine smear, not huge dollops of the stuff. Careful the knife doesn’t rip through the delicate uncooked oats. On top of that I grated half a block of cold marzipan (grates better when colder, use the course side of the grater) and then baked for 30 minutes until golden brown on top. It looks like a pie topped with grated cheese pre baking. Do not be alarmed.
Leave to cool in the tray and only cut when cold or it all falls apart on you.
I enjoyed mine whilst writing my day dream Christmas list.
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I’ve just taken this out of the oven and it smells IMMENSE!! Cannot wait to actually try it!
And forget about this only being a Christmas treat – I will be stock piling marzipan and mincemeat so I can make this throughout the year! Thanks for sharing :) x
Anna, that’s exactly why I have 3 massive jars of mincemeat under my bed!! Enjoy. Xx
Do these freeze? How long would they keep unfrozen?
Never tried to freeze them but they likely would. I keep them for 4 days but given their ingredients I’d imagine they’d be fine for longer. Sorry if that’s a bit glib.
Desperate for CHRISTMAS to come and serve these to Step M in Law as a change from her doorstep heavy, tooth breaking mince pies!
Ha! So many mince pies are not good… they should be outlawed! x
Hi holly just made this and it’s absolutally lovely,it’s a new family favourite :)
Just taken this out of the oven and it smells delicious. I love mincemeat and marzipan so can’t fail really. Just got to wait for it to cool now!!
Great stuff! Did you like? x
Yes they were lovely ty. Might make some more tomorrow after I’ve done mince pies.
Sounds so delicious. We love Christmas in our house too but since having a child with a nut allergy we have been shocked by just how nutty Christmas can be!
Emma, I can imagine! My son has a friend who has a nut allergy and I know his Mum has a lot of problems with Christmas, Easter… any major holiday basically!! I hope that you find some nut free treats as they do seem to be hidden in a lot of things. xx
Wow! The children and i made these yesterday and they are amazing! An easy recipe to follow, very yummy! Thank you x
Really pleased you like them! My kids are mad about Marian so they get mad regularly here. Xx
I’ve made this twice in two days. Fab recipe Holly. My one-year old twins demolished it! (Will try to post a picture as it was hilariously sticky). Hope you feel better soon.
It seems to go down well with little ones – why are they such marzipan addicts?! Pleased to hear your 1 year old likes it! Would love to see pics and thanks for the get well wishes. We are starting to feel better now thank goodness! xx
Sorry, I meant 1 year olds plural! x
Half a jar of mincemeat…how big is the jar? Half a block of marzipan…what size block? …be more precise please!
Jan – how big is your tray you’re using? It all depends on that doesn’t it? Half a regular sized jar of mincemeat, the ones that look like a regular jam jar. Half a block of marzipan – well I am writing this ill in bed so you’ll have to use your common sense! It was a block from Sainsbury’s, one about the size of your hand.
These flapjacks sound and look amazing Holly. I will be trying this recipe out as soon as I’ve made my mincemeat (hopefully in the next couple of days!) I also love Christmas. Never too early for me! :-)
Ah what a lovely comment! I hope you enjoy them. Xx
They sound fab Holly! I think I will have to try these (a bit closer to Christmas mind you). Thanks for sharing :O)
I may well have gone a little early on them…
They look Great will have a go at making them, How long will they keep for?
Made my Christmas cake last week, One more to make for the home my mother lives in :)
Same as the usual with flapjacks – about 3 – 4 days at room temperature. x
I *so* wanted a Keepers toy when I was little!
Since seeing the preview of this on your FB feed I’ve been excitedly waiting the recipe to be posted – I too love Christmas so I’ll be adding this to my repetoire I think (full credits to you!!)
I had one but somehow it get lost or given away at some point. I loved it. I always wanted the purple one too. I think it was a turtle. x
I can’t wait to try these and my son is very excited as he is allergic to wheat so they are something he can have! :-)
Oh that’s great that he can have them! x
Oh, these look delicious! Marzipan is one of my favourite foods of all time and I love this time of year because I don’t have to make creative excuses for eating it. ;-)
I can be VERY creative with marzipan. It often gets casually thrown into cakes when no one is looking!
Om nom nom! Three favourite things all in one package – thankyou!!! I will definitely make this weekend after I’ve made the Christmas cake.
You are very organised, I am ashamed to admit I am already planning on making a last minute one! x
Ooh, I’m really excited, there’s marzipan in your flapjacks, they must be good!
They sound scrummy! I love anything with mincemeat in it!
Oh me too Helen, me too! It is the absolute taste of winter. x
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