Saturday, 13 November 2010

ꈸ rocking it

there's something warm in receiving a handwritten recipe:
like a baton being passed on:
cakes we are so familiar with:
the stuff of childhood and family:
hopefully these staples of baking will
always be handed along:
I'm doing just that for you ....
{my tweaked version}

Rock Cakes

you will need ....

 90g plain flour
90g wholemeal flour
{or 180g plain flour}
85g cold unsalted butter
85g caster sugar
85g seedless raisins
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 generous pinch of cinnamon
an egg
a little milk

preheat your oven to 180°c/350°f/gas 4:
line some baking sheets with greaseproof paper:

in a large bowl, add the flours and give them a little stir 
 with a whisk, to de-lump:
{a little tip I picked up from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall}

add the sugar and butter cut into little pieces:
now rub the butter into the flour and sugar until it looks
like sandy rubble:

mix in the cinnamon, raisins and baking powder:
whisk the egg in a small bowl and add to the mix:

mix mix and add a little {and I mean a scant little}
 milk to bind it all together:
it should be dry & crumbly so don't worry!
pile rocky heaps onto your baking sheets:
leaving space for them to spread:
you should easily make 12 rocks:

bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown:
leave to cool slightly before putting onto a 
cooling rack:
these will keep for 3-4 days in a tin:
as if!
{these are delish with dried apricots, cranberries or blueberries:
swap the cinnamon for lemon/orange zest for a fruity hit}


  1. These take me right back to my childhood, I can remember making these at infant school. I made them today with Sadie, was fun! Hope your having a lovley weekend! x

  2. oh that's great Jen!
    perfect for rainy Sundays ^_^

  3. Now there's nostalgia. Rock cakes made my my mother when I was a child, then they were my go to cake when visitors were coming or I needed to bake something for a gathering. I got a bit richer and started doing other things. But they were so good, I really must make them again one day - soon.

  4. I'm sure you can rustle up a choc-chip verson Choclette!
    soonly ^_^


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