Chunky pear & apricot flappers

Chunky pear & apricot flappers

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 12
If your kids prefer other dried fruit to apricots and pears then it’s fine to substitute – try raisins, cranberries, blueberries or papaya.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: nutrition per flapper

  • kcal157
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.17g


  • 100g golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g porridge oat (use rolled organic oats if you can, as they have bigger flakes)
  • 85g dried apricot, roughly chopped
  • 50g dried pear



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Gently heat the syrup, butter and sugar until the butter melts, then stir in the vanilla, oats, apricots and pears until well combined.

  2. Press the mixture into an 18cm-square non-stick brownie tin and bake for 25-30 mins until golden. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then mark into 12 bars and leave to cool completely before removing.

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4th Jun, 2020
Such a quick, simple recipe; very sweet so don't think of your teeth whilst chewing away! I used dried apricots and papaya which gave nice bursts of fruitiness. My flapjacks didn't easily come out of a greased tin but we didn't mind taking clumps of sticky oats by the fistful!
8th Aug, 2014
loved this recipe, I did not have pears so used 2 eating apples sliced into rings baked in the oven (see apple crisps on BBC good food). These I chopped up in place of the pears. Also only had a round non-stick 18cm baking dish the portions came out like pie slices once almost cool. Has been added to favorites.
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24th Feb, 2013
Absolutely delicious! I made these flappers with apricot and dates and they were sweet, chewy and yummy!
13th Jul, 2012
Great to see an old favorite with a new twist still going. Try dryed cherry and almonds with almone essence and a touch of descecated coconut for a Bakewell tart version. If you want an adult theme soak the cherries in kirsh and suggar over night and add some dark chockolate for a blackforrest feel. This can be a bit soggy so lower the oven temp and cook for longer. Thanks for the heads up. Ps have used this as a crumble realy well and can be adapted for a lower fat better for you just as tasty option.
11th May, 2012
This has become a firm favourite with my unfillable boys. Any dried fruit works well & a few chopped nuts or mixed seeds give it that extra something. I don't think I've used the same combination twice (being of the "fling in whatever's in the cupboard" school of cookery!) and the result has always been brilliant. My particular favourite is apricots, dried cranberries & mixed seeds.
15th Sep, 2011
absolutely lovely, i've been trying to stop myself picking at it all day!! I made it with cherries and coconut really yummy!! You really do need to let it cool completely tho :D
28th Nov, 2010
very very easy to do. have made multiple times now and each lot have cooked differently! found they turned out best if i turned them every 5 minutes and cooked them by eye - until golden, that often was about 20minutes-ish. i found they are even better if you add walnut pieces(or any nuts would do) givesan extra crunch!
2nd Aug, 2010
I made this recipe to go away on holiday. I used all apricots and I had to add more oats. When it had cooled I melted white chocolate and spread that on, then melted dark chocolate and drizzled that over. I put it in the fridge to set it didn't last long.
20th Apr, 2009
I adore flapjack, but this was disappointing. Mine too resembled a greasy granola at the end and I used the amount of butter suggested and was careful not to over use. Just didnt work and wont be doing again. I have yet to find a brilliant flapjack recipe that combines chewy texture without too much grease.
1st Feb, 2009
adore this flapjack - i usually make it up as I go along. Tan Tan - it sounds like you used too much butter, it shouldn't be too wet when its in the saucepan - add more oats and sugar? This may stop the soggy greasiness.


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