Cakes that rock…

So a few weeks ago the mother-in-law bought over some Rock Cakes freshly made from the oven. They were delish, and not at all rock like, as the name might suggest. Not one to be outdone in the kitchen, I thought I would give them a bash. Especially as they went down such a treat with the hubby. Although my first attempt were a bit on the small side for his liking, this fresh batch baked yesterday were met with approval.

The recipe is from the BBC website which you can find here, but I will also pop the recipe down here for you. The beauty of it is, you will most likely have these ingredients in your cupboards already.

225g/8 oz self raising flour

75g/2.5 oz caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

125g/4.5 oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes

150g dried fruit

1 free range egg

1 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

Flour, Sugar and Baking Powder

Flour, Sugar and Baking Powder

You need to pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4 and line a baking tray or 2 with some baking parchment.

Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl, then add the butter and rub together until it resembles bread crumbs. That’s the fun part where you get your hands dirty. Then add your dried fruit. I used raisins and cranberries, but you can really use any other dried fruit you have available in the house!

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Cranberries & Raisins

Pour the dried fruit in to the mix

Pour the dried fruit in to the mix

In a separate bowl, beat the egg in with the milk and vanilla extract.

Then add this mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon so that the mixture becomes a thick, gooey, yummy looking dough. You can add a teaspoon more milk here if you think necessary to bind it together, but I didn’t bother.

The recipe calls for golf ball sized balls to be rolled and placed on the baking trays, but I made mine ever so slightly bigger so as to not disappoint the hubby. I was able to make 9 in the end.

Larger than golf balls

Larger than golf balls

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Perfect opportunity to pop the kettle on. These don’t half taste good with a cuppa!

Once baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before turning them out on to a wire rack to cool.

Cool on a wire rack

Cool on a wire rack

Scrumdiddliumptious

Scrumdiddliumptious

And despite the larger size, they were even good enough for little hands.

Went down a treat

Went down a treat

They may not be as pretty as a cupcake, but these Rock Cakes are really yummy. In fact, I’m surprised I’m not scoffing one now as I write. The fact that they have fruit in too is a bonus- must be healthy, right?! Oh go on then, I’m off to put the kettle on and open a certain baking tin…

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