Rock Cakes – The Low Down.

Now, there may be a slight chance these delicious scone/cupcake hybrids did not feature highly in your childhood but for us, they were a weekly staple, snuffled down with a glass of milk after school. So just in case you  missed out, here is our recipe for Rocking’ Rock Cakes. ANYONE can make these so they are also a great way to get your kids baking.

Rock Cakes started out a traditional teatime treat and became a huge hit during the Second World War as they required so few rations. This is the joy of the them. They use basic ingredients, are super simple to make and are only supposed to resemble a rock therefore there is no pimping needed.

 

What You Need

A Lined Baking Tray

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 75g Caster sugar (or Muscavado sugar if you prefer a denser rock!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125g butter, cubed
  • Large Handful of dried fruit
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (the more milk the gooier)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

It’s hard to believe that something so simple tastes this blooming’ good.

What you Do

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  3. Measure the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  4. Cumble in the  butter, working by hand ideally to create a thick crumb.
  5. Mix the egg, milk and vanilla and add slowly to the mixture until it binds into a big sticky ball.
  6. Roll the mixture into smallish balls (we are greedy so like our rock cakes to be like a big pebble).
  7. Place them evenly spaced on the lined baking tray.
  8. Press them with a fork to squish them slightly remembering that they will spread as they cook.
  9. Pop them into the oven to bake for approx 12 mins but keep an eye on it as you don’t want them to get too brown.
  10. Remove from oven and leave to cool if you must but a squidgy, warm, rock cake straight from the oven is a joy to behold.
  11. These will no doubt be devoured within 24 hours!

What else can you add?

You can add almost any dried fruit to the rock bun mixture as well as lots of other ingredients. Experiment.

Our suggestions

  • Any dried fruit but you can’t beat juicy sultanas or raisins
  • A couple of spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter (add an extra splash of milk to counteract the dryness of the nuts)
  • Chopped glace cherries and almonds
  • Lemon and orange zest

If you like these you will like our Pistachio and Chocolate Slices