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January 29, 2016

Fruit Rock Cakes

Baking with kids is always fun & my son enjoyed making this delicious rock cakes.  This are in big demand at children's birthday parties, thanks to Harry Porter being a fan of them.  And now it transpires that the 'Rock' of the tittle doesn't refer to the inedible hardness of the cakes, but the fact that they look like rocks.  They're lovely, sweet and crumbly. The key, according to me, is to eat them pretty much as soon as they're baked.

Ingredients :
  1. Self raising flour - 225 g
  2. A pinch of salt
  3. Mixed spice  -1/2 tsp
  4. Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
  5. Butter - 125 g
  6. Sugar - 80 g
  7. Currants - 55 g
  8. Chopped mixed peel - 30 g
  9. Egg - 1 no
  10. Little milk if necessary
  11. Vegetable oil
Method :

1.   Preheat the oven at 200 C and grease & line up the cookie pan with parchment paper.  Pour a tiny drop of oil onto a baking sheet and spread it all over the surface.  Set aside.

2.   Sieve the flour, salt, spice and nutmeg together into a large mixing bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the flour.  Using the tips of  your fingers, pick up a little of the flour and a couple of pieces of butter and rub them together to make the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.  

3.   Add the sugar, currants and peel to the flour, mixing them well together.  Add the beaten egg to the flour and mix well.  This mixture should be fairly firm but add a little milk if too dry.

4.   Spoon the mixture into small heaps on the baking sheet and bake for 15 - 20 mins.  Cool them completely.

Happy baking :)

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