My mum’s been over to ours helping out with the girls while The Husband has been off gallivanting on the Isle of Man. When I chat with my mum conversation often jumps all about the place – and somehow, I really can’t work out the conversation trail that lead up to it, we got onto talking about rock buns.
These are not my rock buns – I’m way too lazy to go downstairs to get my camera and upload my photos. image source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk
I’ve not made Rock buns since I was in high school. It was about the only thing they taught us to make in food tech apart from a sandwich. I kid you not. I remember making a couple of batches at home too. But then life happened and I forgot all about those little pieces of heaven. Until yesterday when chatting with my mum! So of course we had to make some just to see if they were as yummy scrummy as we remembered. And indeed they were.
Rock buns, I think, are a mix of cake and biscuit – not as fluffy and light as a cake but not as crunchy/chewy as a biscuit. On of the best things about them is that they are so so so easy to make. The intentional shape of them lends itself perfectly to little hands, where uneven and messy ‘clumps’ of batter/dough on the baking sheet is not just acceptable but required.
The original recipe calls for raisins in the rock buns. I replaced them with chocolate chips.
I used the Be-Ro recipe (you can find it at http://www.be-ro.com/recipe/showrec5.html) and for that you’ll need:
225 g (8 oz) Self Raising Flour
100 g (4 oz) margarine
75 g (3 oz) mixed dried fruit (I used chocolate chips – and I reckon they’d be amazing with nuts in too!)
25 g (1 oz) mixed peel (I didn’t use this)
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.
Warning/Disclaimer – Please be aware that once you try this recipe your family, friends and your own taste buds will hound you for more, so do so at your own risk. I take no responsibility for the financial cost of having to buy ingredients over and over again, nor will I take responsibility for weight gain caused by eating the rock buns by the batch when your loved ones are not looking.