If you’ve had a gander at my Pre-baby Maternity Leave Bucket List, you’ll know that I wanted to make some flapjacks for labour to take to the hospital with me for labour. I’m not really sure where this idea came from, but I’ve been pretty set on it since we discussed labour in one of our NCT classes. I think there’s part of me that thinks baking flapjacks is a really ‘mumsy’ thing to do so I’m starting as I mean to go on…
With the shelf-life of the average flapjack lasting about a week, I’ve been holding off making them, but with 9 days left until due date – now seems a good a time as any. I can always whip up another batch if needed!
I used a recipe in my Grandma’s Recipe book that my Nan bought me for Christmas or birthday years ago. So simple: rolled oats, brown sugar, golden syrup, plain flour and raisins.
- 115g/4oz salted butter
- 200g/7oz rolled oats
- 55g/2oz plain flour
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 85g/3oz soft brown sugar
- 115g/4oz raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4.
- Grease a 23cm square ovenproof dish or cake tin.
- Mix the rolled oats, flour and raisins in a large mixing bowl and stir together.
- Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring continuously until melted.
- Pour the melted mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Scoop the mixture into your greased tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch.
- Mark into pieces and leave to cool in the tin. When completely cooled, turn out and cut through with a sharp knife.
- Eat and enjoy!
I have to say… I may have eaten the odd bit of mixture as I went along and it did all taste rather scrumptious. You can’t really go wrong with flapjacks though can you? The recipe above said that it would do about 16 flapjacks… but only if you are having TINY TINY little portions. I doubled up and still got 16 portions out of it. A labouring mamma needs hefty portions!
I’ve been warned to take a variety of foods to eat as you can never predict what you might fancy but so far, my instincts seem to have me packing lots of high sugar-high carb options. I’d love to hear about the foods you ate during labour if you’d like to share. Hopefully not long to go now…