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30/04/2008


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rock cakes ...

I know I shouldn't, but while I've joined the ranks of the unemployed, all I seem to think about, inbetween scouring the job ads and filling in application forms, is baking. The recipe I use makes eight, although one is now missing feared eaten!

8oz self raising flour
4oz hard block margarine (stork)
3oz golden caster sugar
4oz sultanas
1 egg
20 mls milk

Rub the margarine and flour together to resemble fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and dried fruit, one egg, milk and combine together. Form together eight mounds on a greased baking tray and bake. My oven is fierce, so I bake them at approx 170. I only ever use cooking times as a guide, they take about 15 minutes.

If you read about my lemon sponge a few posts ago, you would know that J has told me not to get into the habit of baking, or even buying what we call treats with the daily shop. Funny this coming from someone, who as soon as he gets in from work, opens up the fridge and every cupboard, and enquires whether we have any goodies!

17 comments:

the flour loft said...

My lovely Grandad made great rock buns. ahh memories. My 7 yr old has been making them at school cooking club. She has inherited the gift... they were yummy. xxx ginny

Lesley said...

Mmmm - I love rock cakes - my Mum used to make gorgeous ones. Thanks for the recipe - may have to do some baking very soon!

Moogsdad also comes in from work hell bent on emptying the cupboards. Then, when I start munching he goes all 'no thanks I'm not hungry' and makes me feel like a greedy pig!

Sal said...

OOOh...I love rock cakes!;-)

http://richiesliv.blogg.se said...

Oh dear! I shouldn't think of the unnecessary intake but just looking at your pastries I feel so hungry.

I must grab some on the way home §:-)

Enjoy ur evening!

Greetings from Stockholm,
//chie
http://pikitinianos.blogspot.com

carolyn said...

I would have thought J would be hoping you would get into the habit...

Simone said...

I love cakes and biscuits! I am trying to lose a few pounds at the moment so I'll keep the recipe in mind for a future date. Yum yum!

twiggypeasticks said...

Will you stop posting scrummy recipes, I keep having to eat cake - well it's good to blame someone else for once :) Rock cakes are the very first thing I made in Home Economics at school, mine were more rock than cake, but my dad very manfully ate all of his, bless him :) (I'm showing my age now doing Home Ec at school aren't I ?)
Twiggy x

BumbleVee said...

Baking is great fun...I love it ... I eat one or two and the rest go into the freezer for Mr. B.'s "envy lunches" as the guys at the office call them. Sometimes I send the whole batch for the guys.

I bought a new mixer and tried it first time today with Cranberry Orange Biscotti... I have to say I am not sure if I will be keeping it. It doesn't seem any more "stable" then my old KitchenAid. Of course, all the new ones are probably the same... planned obsolescence I say it is. Plastic or lighter metal... it is so light it moves with just a bit of biscotti dough in it...how will it hold down for my bread dough? the little one bounced around but it still mixed alright... and it is tiny by comparison..... sigh.... give me the old stuff sometimes....

Pat said...

Louise, I have been avoiding sweets so I can fir into my summer clothes ...such temptations! :-)

Hope the right job comes along soon!

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Hiya, so glad I found your blog - I love Rock Cakes, I'm going to try your recipe :)

Ragged Roses said...

Rock cakes and a cup of tea, as soon as I;m feeling better I might be tempted! Thanks again for another great recipe, I suspect J doesn't want you to stop baking at all!
Kimx

Charli and me said...

Those look so good. What a great recipe. Thanks

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Louise,
Thank you so much for the recipe and the memories,i used to make these at home after learning how to make them in middle school and can you believe i had just forgotten all about them.
Love Kristina XxX

carolr said...

Oh Louise, I suspect you have quite a sense of humor! I love how you say, My oven is fierce; guessing that means hot! And is golden c. sugar, brown sugar? Louise, I SO love to bake too! I would much rather bake, bake, bake than cook nightly meals.

Cowboys & Custard said...

Oh dear Louise.. I think I am suffering from delusions. I thought I had left a comment yesterday about rock cakes but there is no sign of it so here I am again..
My friend's mother made rock cakes when I was 6 years old.. but they really were rock cakes.. Something to sharpen the teeth on.. I love them especially dunked in a cup of tea.. bad habits die hard!
Michelexx

Gina said...

Thanks for your recipe Louise! I've been looking for one..my grandmother used to make yummy rock cakes and I wished I got the recipe from here...I think these will be great for the girls' lunchboxes..
Oh your J reminds me so much of M, it's the same thing he does when he gets home.. even when I'm about to dish up tea!! Gxox

Rachael Rabbit said...

Ooh I just love rock cakes and haven't had on in ages. Here scones are like rock cakes and the US scone is not something you would want to eat with clotted cream and jam ...