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British Rock Cakes / Rock Buns

Okay, so I’m a huge fan of tea, any kind. There’s just something very soothing about steeping tea, and what’s better than to enjoy a cuppa during your reading session :3

But there comes a time when a cuppa just isn’t enough and you feel like having something to munch on……. and to be washed down with that perfectly warm drink.

Fear no more, people! I have just the best solution for you!  😀 (And it takes less than half an hour from scratch to finish, tempting huh? 😉  )

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According to Wiki, “A rock cake, also called a rock bun, is a small fruit cake with a rough surface resembling a rock.”

So, yea, let’s make some rock then 🙂

British Rock Cakes

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Ingredients

  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 110 g butter (NOT in room temperature, better to use cold butter as it melts slower)
  • 55 g granulated sugar
  • 100 g candied orange peel (or any dried fruits of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3 tbsp milk
  • brown sugar for garnishing (optional)

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C/ 390 F.
  2. Sieve self-raising flour and baking powder into a large bowl, dice butter and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips. (* I used a fork because my hands are always too warm *)
  3. Rub until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add sugar and candied orange peel, mix well.
  5. Add egg and 1 tbsp of milk to create stiff dough. (Add another tbsp of milk if the dough is too dry, the “breadcrumbs” should be just wet enough to stick together)
  6. Grease baking tray with butter/ cooking spray  [I just lined it with parchment paper, saved even more time on washing haha]
  7. Use two spoons/ forks to divide the dough into ~12-14 portions
  8. Place divided dough onto the baking tray (about 2.5″ wide each and resembling pieces of rock) and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  9. Bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Leave to cool a bit on a cooling rack before serving or it will crumble really badly. Best served warm though 🙂

Serves ~ 14 pieces

Note: 

I don’t really have a sweet tooth so the amount of sugar used in this recipe has be cut down by quite a bit, the finished rock cakes tasted just right to me together with the candied orange peel. But feel free to increase the sugar content if you wish! (But well, less sugar means less guilt 😉   )

This is by far the best rock cakes/ buns recipe that I’ve used, completely reliable!

Now there you go, another teatime treat! I hope you like it 😀

Please leave me comments or suggestions, let me know how it goes too if you give this recipe a go ❤

Joyce

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Buttery buns in a tray

I can’t even start telling you how happy I am to be able to finally bake something after *so* long (Thanks to heavy schoolwork and exams). As my summer break starts, I will just get on a baking spree and bake as much as my heart desires (and as much as my wallet would allow me to), this is going to be BEAUTIFUL. Wheee! *Starts happy dance*
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So…. Hello there, welcome to my very first food blog! This is going to be the place where I test out and share recipes, still many to come so you better bookmark this site. No? Oh come on, just one click. Done? Good!

Alright so as you can see from the title and the picture above, it is buttery buns I made today. (Woohoo!) It’s so buttery and rich I bet you can smell it through the computer screen. I have never been a big fan of bread or buns BUT this one is just waaay too epic and fool-proof that I’m totally making it again.

I discovered this recipe from Pinterest, by Roxana, personally I like making desserts and maybe hot dishes sometimes, but since my parents don’t have much of a sweet tooth, they have been asking me to make something not sweet, namely… bread. Just so it happens that I stumbled over this recipe when doing my everyday routine of scrolling through pins, it seems pretty promising and I happen to have all the ingredients needed right here at home. With everything ready and waiting, I thought I’d just give it a go! (There’s no going back once you made this, I’m quite sure, eh pretty sure, no no no VERY sure you will be making this again).

Great, this is just super easy and fool-proof, all you need is a tray and an oven… and a mixer….a measuring cup…measuring spoons…….. Eh… That’s it! 😀

(Forgot to include the ingredients but anyways…..)

Here we go!

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