Friday, 8 July 2011

White Chocolate Halva Flapjacks

Before we got to tuck into the matcha cake of my previous post, we had the enviable task of spending a few hours having fun on a mostly deserted Cornish beach. Despite being a local lass, I had never been to this beach before so it was a particularly exciting adventure. Down the long, winding and sometimes steep cliff path we went, with no sight of the beach or the group of friends we were there to meet. Was this beach a piece of fiction made up to give us an added adventure? The views were fantastic though and CT was botanising and enjoying the coastal flora. At last, around a corner, we spotted a hidden gem - a large and virtually empty beach. Apparently when the tide is in, there is no beach, but our more knowledgeable friends had timed our visit for maximum benefit. Despite the threat of rain, we remained dry and for a couple of hours we even enjoyed blue skies and sunshine.

As we don't get to have picnics on special beaches very often, I thought something other than my normal work rye sourdough sandwiches was called for. So I pulled out the stops and made some milk bread rolls, inspired by Joanna of Zeb Bakes but actually using Andrew Whitley's recipe in Bread Matters. But what for pudding? Something for all to share, but something that was not too heavy to carry and would travel well. I didn't wonder for too long. I'd recently seen Dan's wonderful recipe for Halva Flapjacks, first on Suelle's blog Mainly Baking and then on Foodycat. It appealed straight away and I reckoned would be just perfect for a beach party. The theory is that using tahini means the butter content of normal flapjacks can be reduced. Well this maybe so, but I don't think anyone could kid themselves these were healthy snacks. Even less so with my adaptation to include white chocolate!

  • Melted 100g of unsalted butter with 50g brown sugar and 200g condensed milk in a large pan.
  • Took off the heat and added 50g chopped white chocolate and left to melt.
  • Added 75g tahini and 50g honey and stirred until all incorporated.
  • Stirred in 100g chopped dates, 100g chopped walnuts and 20g sesame seeds.
  • Worked in 225g rolled oats.
  • Packed the mixture into a 9" square mould and scattered a few more sesame seeds over the top.
  • Baked for 20 minutes at 180C until golden.
  • Left to cool, then cut into 16 squares.

A cross between fudge and flapjacks, these were a very sweet and sticky but delicious treat. Those middle eastern flavours of dates, sesame and honey worked really well together and the nuts were plentiful giving a lovely crunch to the texture. Luckily, I remembered to take some photos before we polished them all off. The party ended with a flapjack powered Frisbee session before clambering back up the cliffs and home for tea.


  1. Love these pics and the recipe too! Have a nice week end ♥

  2. I love halva but have never made it myself - yours looks delicious! you photos are brilliant too!

  3. These look really lovely. I've never made flapjacks before (i know, crazy right?!) so I think that I might well give these a go

  4. A great day out. Wish the sun would come out here.

  5. Adding the white chocolate must have made them even more fudgy - they look good!

  6. I am so glad I stumbled on you beautiful blog. Being a Chocoholic I would love to follow you... love the Halva Cake. I tried to make a sticky date cake once..check it out

  7. Sweet treats and a Cornish beach - the sort of combination to dream about. Lovely stuff.

  8. Sounds glorious!
    Love, Mimi

  9. Delicious sounding variation on normal flapjacks. I'm sure they were perfect to eat on the beach.

  10. What a wonderful picnic spot! Your flapjacks look better-cooked than mine. I think I should have left them in for longer.

  11. Love pics and flapjacks look delicious, gloria

  12. Thank you Manu, Ruth and Alice

    Jac - hope it came out for you. We haven't seen the sun here in quite a while.

    Suelle - fudgy is the best way of describing these flapjacks. Not like flapjacks at all really.

    Anna - he he.

    Malli - thank you for your kind comments and for following my blog.

    Torview - thanks.

    Phil - I know, I'm very lucky living here.

    Mimi - Thank you, but I bet you don't miss all our wind, rain and grey skies really!

    Corina - Dan is a very creative man.

    Foodycat - mine were still very fudgy on the inside. If flapjacks are what you are after, I think we need to come up with another name for these.

    Gloria - thank you.

  13. Lovely photos, looks like a great day out. And with lovely food to share like this too who can blame everyone for having such a good time ;0)

  14. Sounds like a wonderful day, Choc! Really have to try flapjacks, I've been saying that ever since I saw them on Suelle's blog! Your rolls look yummy too, what did you fill them with?

  15. halva flapjacks sounds like a very happy marriage indeed. What a great idea

  16. have seen these flapjacks around the blogs and I have wanted them very much - what a great idea!

  17. The views of the beach look fabulous. I have to admit I haven't come across Halva Flapjacks before but they look lovely.

  18. This must have been a wonderful day. The scenery is beautiful and the halva looks interesting and delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary.

  19. I love halva... simply love it... I am going out to buy these ingredients today... bloody great, plus I love your photo's... nice feet!

  20. Chele - ha ha, fun indeed. The temptation is always to plaster my posts with photographs of local flora and views but have to keep reminding myself this is a food blog!

    Celia - flapjacks are wonderful things and always very portable. Rolls I just filled with cheese, chutney (mine of course) and lettuce - nothing too exciting, but very tasty.

    CC - Dan's full of great ideas.

    Grazing Kate - ahh, there is a reason I didn't mention this in the post ;-)

    Johanna - one word of warning, they are very sweet.

    Maggie - thank you, this is a new one for most of us I think.

    Mary - thank you, it was a lovely day.

    Dom - ha ha, those feet are becoming quite popular.

  21. Mmmm lovely. Love the pics too and the recipe is a defo


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