June 17, 2011

Fabulous Friday Food: Rock Buns

Its Fathers Day this sunday and in honour of my daddy I am posting his favourite recipe - Rock buns.

My mum is a  very keen baker and growing up there was always an assortment of cakes in the cake box, we were spolit for choice. However the cake that used to be featured more than any other (I think because it was my dads fave) is the rock bun and because of this its a bit of a family favourite!  Even when I was at home two weeks ago the old faithful rock buns were in the same cake box. :-)

This recipe is from a lovely blog Afternoon tea total and its a classic recipe.

Ingredients (To make 12 Rock Buns)

  • 100g (4oz) butter
  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g (4oz) demerara sugar
  • 100g (4oz) mixed dried fruit
  • grated rind of half a lemon (optional)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp milk (optional)


Start by greasing 2 baking trays with a little butter.

Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar and mixed fruit (and the lemon rind if you're using it)

Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the egg and the milk if you need it. Bind the mixture together using a fork - it should be stiff and crumbly.

Use two forks to shape the mixture into rough heaps on the baking trays. The mixture will be much drier and more crumbly than a normal cake or biscuit mixture but that's as it should be. It will bind together during baking.

Bake in the oven at 200ºC/180ºC fan/400ºF/gas mark 6 for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a rack - but not for too long, they're delicious warm

Do you have any family favourite recipes?
Rachie xo

5 lovely comments:

Victoria said...

He he - good old rock buns!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Ahhhh, so cute.

My mum makes gorgeous homemade Turkey burgers with lots of fresh corriander. YUM! xx

christine, just bella said...

I've never heard of rock buns, they sound delish. I love good ol'family favourites.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I can remember cooking rock buns at school!! They were literally like rocks. Not so good!!!

Yours, on the other hand, look utterly delicious!


Anonymous said...

Rock buns are so versatile, add things like dried apricot, or crystalised ginger, or blackberries from the hedgerow. Use in place of dried fruit or mix in with dried fruit. Experiment the worlds your oyster. (hmmm not tried oyster) Dad