Right after making the gingernut biscuits, the kids declared "Mummy, we want to bake more stuff!"
"Okay little bosses." I quickly flipped through my recipe book to find another easy recipe and we settled on this spiced rock buns. Rock buns (or rock cakes) are a traditional British tea time treat, which are crumbly and often described as the "easiest buns in the world to make" hence are extremely popular with kids in the kitchen. Their name comes from their shape which resembles a rock. Children also love them as rock buns also happen to be Harry Potter's favorite teatime treat.
This is a simple recipe, where all it requires is measuring the ingredients and mixing it until you get a dough which just binds together. Bake for 20 minutes, and they're ready. Rock buns are usually best eaten warm, but for this particular recipe, I find that they taste better the following day.
Spiced Rock Buns
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Baking by Martha Day
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
75g soft brown sugar
110g raisins or sultanas, or a mix
50ml sunflower oil
5-7 tbsp cold milk
1. Preheat oven to 200°C (no fan). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the mixed spice, ground ginger, cinnamon, sugar and raisins, and stir well.
3. Mix the sunflower oil and 5 tbsp milk in a measuring jug, then pour into the dry mixture (from Step 2). You should get a dough which just binds together, add more milk if too dry.
4. Place tablespoonful heaps on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and once cooled, store in an airtight container.
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