♥ Orange Breakfast Bars

This Sunday’s weather made it very difficult to believe that we are just ten days away from Midsummer.  The sky was dull and dark in these parts and misty, gauzy, grey rain floated incessantly to the ground.  A soft day!  To cheer myself up this evening I did a spot of comfort baking and whizzed up a batch of orange and cinnamon breakfast bars, for the freezer.  The recipe comes from Jane Clarke’s book  Body Foods for Life.


125 g plain wholemeal flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

125 g unsalted butter, softened

125 g soft brown sugar

1 egg, beaten lightly

1 tablespoon golden syrup

50 g dried apricots, chopped

50 g dried figs, chopped

50 g large raisins, chopped

finely grated rind of an orange

175 g coarse oatmeal


Preheat the oven to 180ºC.  Grease and line an 18 cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a bowl.  Put the butter and sugar into a separate bowl and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg a little at a time.  Add the golden syrup, dried fruits, orange rind and oatmeal, and mix until smooth.  Mix in the flour mixture.  Place in the lined tin and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Take out of the oven and while still warm cut the mixture into fingers (I do squares) but leave in the tin for 10 minutes to allow it to firm up slightly.  Remove the biscuit fingers and leave  on a wire rack to cool.

Don’t worry about the lack of liquid in the recipe, it works I promise.

Great news (for me at least)  the rain has stopped and it’s still light, so I am off out for a walk.  Talk to you soon.


Filed under Cake, Food/Wine, Recipes

6 responses to “♥ Orange Breakfast Bars

  1. These sound really delicious
    Please stop by and say hi.

  2. Thanks for your comment bB, they are delicious Bx

  3. C

    B, if you continue sending these amazing recipes I will be twenty stone
    by summers end. Ciao C.

  4. Sam

    Delicious and my husband’s friends demand them. Just one thing, in the method it says four instead of flour. I’m sure people can work it out, but felt compelled to say.

    • Sam, Thank you for telling me about the typo – I have just amended the post. I am rubbish at proof reading so I am always glad when someone gets in touch to let me know I’ve made a mistake. I am pleased to hear the orange bars are popular with your husband’s friends. I am writing this on my mini iPad and I went into the edit mode on your comment by mistake and I think I deleted something I think it was just a ‘the’ which I put back in, but apologies if I altered your comment in any way.

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