Hampers are a great gift for foodies – you get all the wonderful goodies (at least if someone took care creating the hamper) that you wouldn’t normally buy. And since it is Christmas, a jar of mincemeat surely will be part of the hamper. If you are like me, you will be tired of mince pies by mid December, so here is a lovely alternative to mince pies for using a jar of mincemeat (it is also worth making your own, so much better than the shop bought unless you get an artisan one). Mincemeat Flapjacks last about 2 weeks in an airtight container and are therefore wonderful gifts to either add to (you might have guessed it) a hamper or simply a little token when you are invited for a dinner party. By the way, if you are still looking for an awesome hamper, check out Flemings Restaurant, Longueville House, Nash 19 and Bradley’s Off License as well as Urru in Bandon.
I am using here my own mincemeat that I make every year and I think it is awesome (obviously) and I haven’t bought a jar (the last one I bought was simply yuk). If your mincemeat seems a bit chunky, mince it down more, maybe adding a tbsp of Cointreau (or orange juice if children will eat it) – very tasty and it will go further. It took Mr T only 2 days to finish the whole batch of flapjacks – yes, they are that good.
400g porridge oats (I use normal ones, but try a mix of jumbo and normal oats)
100g almond slivers
3 tbsp honey (o4r golden syrup)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Pre-heat the oven to 180C
Grease and line a 20 x 20cm square tin.
Mix the oats and almonds together in a bowl. Melt the butter, honey (or golden syrup) and oil in a pan over a medium heat. Pour onto the oats mix and stir until well combined.
Press half the mix into the tin, using the back of a spoon to press it down firmly. Spread the mincemeat over the mix and top with the rest of the oat mix, again pressing down firmly with the back of the spoon. Bake in the oven for about 20 mins until golden brown.
Using a knife, mark squares and leave to cool for about 30 mins before cutting it into the marked squares.
You could also add shredded coconut, sesame seeds and other dried fruit like blueberries to the oat mix.