Monday, 22 September 2008

Fruit-packed Rock Cakes / Rock buns

I haven't made rock cakes since primary school. I think everyone made these at some point in their school cookery lessons, probably because they are so quick and easy to make.

Rock cakes are very similar to scones, they have a crisp crust and light crumbly texture and are an excellent recipe to have in your repertoire. Great for teaching children to cook or for when you want to make cakes and don't have the time (or can't be bothered) for anything elaborate.
I like loads of fruit in mine so I put some extra in, I also sprinkled sugar crystals over the top before baking for some extra crunch.

  • 225 g (8 oz) Self Raising Flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g (4 oz) margarine
  • 75 g (3 oz) mixed dried fruit
  • 25 g (1 oz) mixed peel
  • 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • milk to mix
  • Heat oven to 200ºC, 400ºF, Gas Mark 6. Grease two baking trays.
  • Mix the flour and salt, rub in the margarine.
  • Stir in the dried fruit, mixed peel and sugar.
  • Mix to a stiff dough with egg and milk.
  • Place in rough heaps on the baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes.


Hopie said...

Oooh, this is what's missing from my recipe arsenal and I didn't even know it! Now how do I say "self raising flour" in French...

Antonia said...

Haven't made (or eaten) a rock cake for years. I've been missing out - I love these knobbly cakes. Delicious!

Ben said...

Hmmm, I've never heard of rock cakes before, but they look tasty and so easy to make :)

nicisme said...

Haven't had 'em for years either but I want some now!!

kittie said...

It must be fate! My OH saw rock cakes for sale the other day - and has been going on about them ever since - I might even make them as a wee surprise for him tonight!

Foodycat said...

Oh yum! What a blast from the past.

Amanda said...

I've never heard of a rock cake! It looks delicious--and quick to put together.

Rachel said...

I've always wondered what rock cakes were as an American who likes English novels, and this explains it very tastily!