Monday, 20 July 2009

Pattypans Rock Cakes


8 oz plain flour
1/2 level teaspoon of salt
2 level teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 oz butter
2 1/2 oz sugar
4 oz dried fruit
1/2 teaspoon of ground mace maybe a little more taste and see what you think
1 egg
2 tablespoons of milk
Cooked in about 20 minutes

Gas Mark 6 or 400 degrees F

Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl. Rub in the fat gently to the flour mixture until resembles very fine breadcrumbs, mix in the fruit and spice.

Beat the egg within an inch of its life with the milk and add to the dry mixture. Mix in well with a fork - mixture should be slightly stiff not slack but should not be too sticky or wet the right consistency is when it leaves the sides of the bowl clean.

Split the mixture into approximately 12 portions I use an inbetween sized spoon (it was actually my christening spoon) and pile the portions onto a greased baking tray (a little demerara sugar can be added at this point to give that little bit of extra crunch. Rough up with a fork so they are uneven. Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 15 to 20 minutes - cool on a wire tray


  1. I made rock buns last weekend, slightly different recipe but the same fruity,spicy result. Quick, easy and popular:)

  2. They soon go in this household as well. The original recipe I first made over 30 years ago - it used 1/2 a teaspoon of ground nutmeg - I personally prefer the flavour of Mace which is the membrillo outer covering of the nutmeg but I find the flavour much more aromatic and subtle. You can get it from Waitrose already ground - you can buy the hard membrillo as well but this tends to be used in pickling and flavouring. I have also ringed the changes by adding mixed peel to this recipe as well as part of the fruit quota. The men in the family tend to like these and they are quick to make when you have the oven on.



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