Harvest your combs of honey. Cut up the prettiest for sale as cut comb, which gets the best price. Bash the rest with a wooden spoon, warm to blood heat, squeeze it in your fists and/or put it in a fruit press to squeeze out every drop of honey you can. Strain, bottle, label and sell.

You are left with a quantity of lumps of wax that will still contain a proportion of honey and possibly cocoons, pollen etc. Assuming you’re not a coprophobe, it can all go into the flapjack, adding to the flavour.

Take a shallow baking tray. Fill it with porage oats to the thickness you would like your flapjack to be. Put the lumpen wax into a plastic bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds; then another 30, then 10, then 10, repeating until it is just starting to melt – the contents, that is, not the plastic!

Add the oats and some seeds and some more seeds and some more seeds (all different) and some chopped up crystallised ginger, maybe a bit of cake fruit or anything else you think you might enjoy. Give it a good stir. Transfer it to the baking tray, spread it out, press it flat, add a sprinkling of sesame seeds maybe.

Put the oven on ‘Hot’ . Put the tray in, close the door, and get on with something else in the vicinity until your nose tells you it’s time to take a peek. Probably this would be a good time to go over it with a pizza wheel or knife to cut into handy sized pieces, but you could leave it til the end when it is still warm.

Allow to cool, break along the dotted lines. Eat some, store some. It should be ‘healthy eating’ having no processed ingredients, added fat or sugar. It has honey to give you a quick boost and oats for slowly released carbohydrate as well as some protein. I don’t know how the wax is digested but it can’t be harmful. Pollen will also give protein and minerals provided your digestive juices can get at it.

Do you need this recipe in metric?


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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2 Responses to FLAPJACK RECIPE

  1. Emily Heath says:

    Thanks Chris, what an intriguing recipe. I don’t have a microwave, but presumably I can melt the wax over the hob in a bain marie.

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