Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Flapjack Failure

I've had a recipe I've wanted to bake for ages.  It sounded good and seasonal, perfect for using less than perfect apples.  The recipe was Pink Lady Apple Flapjacks. 


I organized all the ingredients and began to peel the apples.  It was all going very well when I read the recipe over and thought something didn't seem quite right. The recipe said to use 1 kilogram of apples.  That's over two pounds of apples.  Most apple cakes only take three or four good sized apples. A kilo of apples is A LOT.  For an instant I thought about cutting back the apple content but then I started doubting my judgement.  Who was I to say the recipe was wrong.  So on I went, peeling apples, and peeling apples... AND peeling apples.  


I followed the recipe step by step, double checking each measurement and finally the flapjack was ready for the oven.   All this time a niggling little thought in the back of my mind kept saying 'there are too many apples in this'.   Now, it's best to keep a long story short so let's jump to the end and see the results.  The flapjack looked good enough but when I cut it the inside was heavy, wet, and claggy.... the result of TOO MANY APPLES!  


I am disappointed that I wasted so many ingredients.  I am disappointed with the person who developed the recipe.  Most of all, I am disappointed with myself.  I forgot one of the most important lessons we all should learn.... never doubt your instincts!  

8 comments:

  1. Oh, what a shame. It's frustrating when that happens.

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    1. You can't win 'em all... but I'd like to. : )

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  2. Yes, it sometimes happens all of us, frustrating but we canstart all over again or take another recipe.
    One thing is not disappointing, the photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you! : ) We've decided to call it Apple Pudding, pour custard over it and eat it with a spoon.

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  3. That happened to me before, too. I don't know who writes such recipes - I think they are not carefully enough written. But just start over again. Perhaps the original writer had taken 1 kg wormy apples and had to cut and throw away most of them!... :-)

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    1. Next time I am going to start with a cup full of apples and work my way up! : )

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  4. That is so frustrating when it happens & the recipe just doesn't work out. You did well to save it. I would have been tempted to slice it up & pop the slices back in for a little longer & use it as you did for a pudding!

    I use a South African recipe that makes a firmer flapjack called a crunchie - http://deeatthecarlton.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/flapjacks-are-just-not-crunchies.html

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    1. Oh that crunchie sounds good! I'll definitely have to give that a try! Thanks. : )

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