Time: 20 minutes plus 16 minutes baking
I was recently asked what baking I do that it’s Scottish. At first I couldn’t really think of anything. I’m not sure, as a nation, we’re really known for our delicious baking (happy to be proved wrong on that) but then I remembered rock buns. My Granny used to make these – I remember eating them round her house, washing them down with a glass of red cola or tizer. I’m sure I remember baking them myself when I was little so I thought they could be a fun thing to do with the kids. They’re not particularly fancy; they’re kind of like a slightly sweet fruity scone but they do taste surprisingly good!
150g (1 cup) self raising flour
75g (1/4 cup)butter, softened
75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
50g (1/4 cup) raisins/sultanas
Pinch mixed spice
Mix the flour and butter together
Get your kids to weigh the flour (150g) and add it to a large mixing bowl. Measure the butter and chop it into small pieces. If it’s not soft pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to make it easier to mix. Add the butter to the flour.
Using your finger tips, rub together the flour and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the remaining dry ingredients
Weigh the sugar (75g) and raisins (50g) and add to your bowl. Add the mixed spice (pinch). Mix it in slightly with a knife or spoon.
Add the egg
Get your kids to crack the egg into a small bowl, then add to your mixing bowl and give it a good mix.
Make the rock buns
Using your hands mix everything together until you have formed a large ball of dough. Divide the mixture into 8 pieces and pop on to your baking tray.
Bake the rock buns
Pop them in the oven for 16-18 minutes. They’re ready when they are starting to look golden brown. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an air tight container. Best eaten within a day or so of baking.