Friday, 26 April 2013

4KCBWDAY5 - Something a Bit Different

The prompt for today was as follows:

"It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You've already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it's time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation"

So, I thought today I'd share with you one of my favourite recipes. It's for a batch of rock cakes which are according to wiki "a small fruit cake with a rough surface resembling a rock". The smell of these when they are cooking is amazing and as they are best eaten on the day they are baked, they don't tend to last long in our house!

225g/ 8 oz self-raising flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
150g/ 5 oz butter (or margarine)
75g/ 3 oz demerara sugar 
150g/ 5 oz mixed dried fruit
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk

Pre-heat oven to 190°C, 375°F, gas mark 5 


Sift flour and spices into a bowl


Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Or cheat and use a food mixer ;-)



Add sugar (I've used dark brown sugar because it was what I had in the cupboard and I prefer the taste)


Mix in milk and egg to make a fairly stiff mixture. Yes I've got an extra egg in mine, I tend to make extra mixture because cakes get eaten so quickly in my house!



Add dried fruit, I used sultanas, raisins, the remaining 3 glacé cherries in the pot and some crystalised ginger because I didn't have any mixed peel. Basically what ever you fancy or what ever you've got in your cupboards! I believe technically it's supposed to be currants, raisins and candied orange peel.



Put some greaseproof paper on a baking tray and put spoonful amounts of the mixture on there. Don't worry about making them look neat, just make sure you give enough space for them to spread out when they're cooking. The recipe claims to make around 8 cakes, I managed 13 from my increased mixture so had to use an extra tray.


Bake for about 20 minutes and then cool on a wire baking rack.



Best eaten on the same day as baking...



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Finally I leave you with this dreadfully written ditty...

There was a lady from Brit'in
Who felt her bum was for sittin'
So she picked up some sticks
And learned a few tricks
And was proud to have taught herself knittin'



  1. This looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

    1. thanks :) Only got 6 of them left since I baked them last night! They don't last long in my house lol

  2. *chuckle* at the limerick!
    Those rock cakes look good, almost like scones. What a fun name and how neat there are other names for brown sugar.

    1. I get muddled between all the different sorts of sugar :-S

  3. The Hubs does the baking/cooking in this house, but I'll share with him....thanks!

    1. My husband tends to do more of the cooking too but I'm the baker ;-)


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