rock buns

Rock buns (Rock cakes)

Rock buns (Rock cakes)

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 16 minutes baking

Serves: 8

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 or rock cakes. 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, easy baking recipe 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!



Ingredients

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
1 egg

How to make the rock cakes

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan / 325F and line a baking tray with baking paper

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 cakes

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.
rock buns
Store in an air tight container. Best eaten within a day or so of baking.

Rock buns

These Scottish rock buns are a tasty and easy bake that kids will love. Granny always seemed to have a batch of rock buns on the go at her house so I was happy to introduce them to our kids!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: scottish
Keyword: baking, biscuits
Servings: 8
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 150 g (1 cup) self raising flour
  • 75 g (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 75 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) raisins/sultanas
  • Pinch mixed spice
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / 325F and line a baking tray with baking paper.

    Mix the flour and butter together

    • Weigh the flour 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 and raisins and add to your bowl. Add the mixed spice. Mix it in slightly with a knife.

    Add the egg

    • 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.

    rock buns

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