Why is it that certain drinks and foods are only consumed during the Christmas period? Take Baileys for example. Whilst drinking Baileys is of course not actually confined to a specific season or celebration in our house this is definitely a “Christmas” drink. It’s a drink that you must have as an after dinner drink option for guests but one which I find I inevitably end up with a half full bottle come January. It is from this half full bottle of Baileys that I drew my recent baking inspiration. The result: my Baileys flapjacks. And my oh my what a discovery that was!
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What exactly is Baileys?
Bailey’s is a renowned Irish cream-based liqueur that has become a staple in the world of spirits. Its unique combination of Irish whiskey, cream, and a hint of cocoa results in a harmonious fusion of sweet, creamy goodness with the warming notes of whiskey. It can be enjoyed on the rocks, in coffee, or as a key ingredient in cocktails or desserts!e Writing
An opened bottle of Bailey’s will typically have a shelf life of around 6 months when stored in the refrigerator. On the other hand, an unopened bottle can last for several years if stored in a cool, dark place.
In any event, it is essential to check the bottle for any signs of spoilage. Look out for changes in colour, odour, or consistency before consuming, even if within the recommended time frame
Last Saturday I was blessed to celebrate my 45th trip around the sun. This week as is customary, birthday cakes were due at the office.
I have been struggling with my food inspiration after Christmas but, faced with the need to bake, I suddenly came up with an idea for Baileys flapjacks.
For me, treats like flapjacks are great. Especially when you need to make a ton of sweet treats and are pressed for time.
Flapjacks: A Chewy Oat Sensation
Flapjacks are a delightful combination of rolled oats, butter, golden syrup, and sugar which can easily be customised. Whether you decide to add a handful of chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts or liqueurs to your flapjacks the possibilities for customization are seemingly endless. It is this adaptability that ensures that you can cater to various with ease.
Why Choose Flapjacks for Large Gatherings?
- Efficiency in Preparation: Flapjacks require minimal preparation time, allowing you to create a generous quantity without spending hours in the kitchen.
- Easy Customization: The simplicity of these recipes allows for creative customization, catering to a variety of taste preferences within your audience.
- Transportation and Storage: Flapjacks are sturdy and travel well, making them the perfect choice for events where treats need to be transported or stored for later enjoyment.
- Appeals to All Ages: The classic flavours and textures of flapjacks make them universally loved, ensuring that they’ll be a hit with coworkers, clients, or bake sale attendees of all ages.
This flapjack recipe is so incredibly easy to make. It is also thoroughly delicious which makes for a dangerous combination!
150g unsalted butter
60g light brown sugar
300g rolled oats
150g golden syrup
¼ cup Baileys
- Chocolate Baileys Frosting
250g milk chocolate (I use Dairy Milk or Galaxy)
¼ cup Baileys
- Preheat the oven to 180℃/350℉ and line an 8×8” tin with parchment paper
- Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a medium pan over a medium heat. Do not allow the mix to boil.
- Add ¼ cup Baileys to the mix and then stir the wet ingredients into the oats making sure that the oats are fully covered.
- Pour the oats into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure not to over bake your oats or you will end up with a hard and crumbly consistency. Do not worry if your flapjack does not appear to be set after 25 minutes. The consistency you are after is golden ages with a slightly wobbly middle. The flapjack will continue to set as it cools.
- Allow the flapjack to fully cool before adding the Baileys chocolate topping. This could take a few hours.
- Melt the chocolate (either in the microwave using short bursts to make sure that the chocolate does not burn or by using the bain marie method).
- Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly and very slowly (so as to avoid the cream curdling) add the Baileys.
- Spread the delicious Baileys chocolate topping all over the flapjacks and refrigerate until the flapjack has fully set.
- Slice and enjoy!
Smiles and Satisfied Taste Buds Guaranteed
These treats guarantee smiles and satisfied taste buds. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and let the baking magic begin.
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