Wednesday 21 January 2015

Mincemeat and cranberry flapjacks

There comes a time after Christmas when you start to find half-used jars and open packets of various things in the kitchen cupboards. Alternatively you may find yourself taking advantage of the jars of mincemeat that are reduced after Christmas – my local supermarket had them priced at 5p! However they came into your kitchen you may now be wanting to see the back of them due to the amount of space they take up. Here's a way to give some tang to to some energy-boosting flapjacks and a chance to use up odd packets of dried fruit. If you don't have cranberries substitute them for your choice of dried fruit – sultanas, raisins, cherries, apricots would all work well.

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Equipment: 8" (20cm) square loose-bottomed tin lined on the bottom, large saucepan


7oz (200g) Mincemeat (about half a jar)
4½ oz (125g) Unsalted butter or baking spread
4½ oz (125g) Demerara sugar
3tbsp (45ml) Golden syrup
7oz (200g) Porridge oats
2oz (55g) Dried cranberries or other dried fruit


1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/Gas mark 5.
2. In the large saucepan gently heat the the mincemeat, butter, sugar and golden syrup until the butter has melted.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats and cranberries.
4. Put the mixture into the tin and spread out evenly.
5. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven.
6. Take off the sides of tin. Cut into slices immediately and then leave to cool on the bottom sheet.

Linking up with Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary and No Food Waste Challenge; Tea Time Treats with Janie at The Hedgecombers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage; Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All for Credit Crunch Munch; Louisa at Eat Your Veg and Vanesther at Bangers and Mash for Family Foodies and finally Stuart at Cakeyboi and Kat at The Baking Explorer for Treat Petite.

Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

Tea Time Treats


  1. Flapjack of any description is great with me! I have to say, I am having loads of fun using up the leftover mincemeat and Christmas goodies...... A great opportunity to be creative! Your flapjack is a perfect use-up recipe!

  2. I've had mincemeat flapjacks and cranberry flapjacks but haven't yet combined them, no idea why as it sounds like a perfect combo. I used up all my mincemeat but I'm definitely making these in December!

  3. Ah, you're making me feel all festive again! I love the sound of these Ness. Thanks entering them into Treat Petite.

  4. YUM! I'm pretty sure I have at least one jar of mincemeat in the back of a cupboard...
    Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats!
    Janie x

  5. Sob! I have used up all my mincemeat and I really want to try these - will have to wait til next christmas

  6. Interesting recipe, which I must try out with some of leftover mincemeat :-) Kirsten

  7. Great use of leftover mincemeat, and flapjacks just rock! Thanks so much for entering your recipe to January's Family Foodies 'Healthy Kids' event.

  8. My baking for tomorrow is sorted! I have homemade mincemeat in the back of the fridge that keeps looking at me, thanks for this lovely idea.

  9. Such a creative way to use up leftover mincemeat! I never even opened the jar I bought at Christmas, so I'm bookmarking this recipe for later! Thank you for sharing with the no waste food challenge :)


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