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Cinnamon Rock Cakes

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Serves 1 - 8 Cakes

buttery, crumbly and simply melt in the mouth

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  • 226g self-raising flour
  • 113g demerara sugar plus some for sprinkling
  • 113g margarine
  • 113g dried mixed fruit (currants, sultanas, peel etc.)
  • 1 egg
  • a splash of milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if, like me, you are cinnamons biggest fan, then add a whole tsp instead of half.)


    1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and then add the ground mixed spice and the cinnamon. Mix through well.
    2. Next, add the margarine and mix to resemble fine breadcrumbs with your fingers. Add the sugar and then mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Pour a beaten egg into the mixture until it comes together to a sticky, dough ball. You made need a little milk at this point but add it a splash at a time.
    3. Place the mixture in generous lumps on a baking tray and then sprinkle with sugar. Don't smooth them out too much at this stage as they look much better when cooked, if they remain lumpy.
    4. Bake in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    5. Then Enjoy! They are perfect with cups of tea and coffee and delicious with clotted cream when still warm from the oven!!

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15th May, 2011
Like other people, added the dried fruit just after the sugar, before the eggs and milk. Made double quantity to take some to work tomorrow, but with teenage boys they may not get that far!! Did the whole thing in a food-processor, making them even quicker and easier. Double quantity made 23 good sized buns. Great recipe - thanks for sharing :)
26th Feb, 2011
very good recipe. I used caster and muscovado sugar (50/50) as I didn't have any demerara sugar and it worked out OK.
20th Feb, 2011
Great recipe, will pass it onto my family to try.
2nd Dec, 2010
I would like to try this recipe, can someone exchange amounts to US measurements?
1st Dec, 2010
Love the recipe for rock cakes, shame about the fruit. Fine for the likes of me who has cooked them before, but children may wonder when to add the fruit. Thanks all the same Ann
1st Dec, 2010
Just wondering at what stage you add the fruit :)
18th Nov, 2010
The method forgets to tell you when to add the dried fruit!
6th Nov, 2010
Delicious, I make them often but as I have arthiritis I mix the flour and marg in the processor and also add extra cinnamon.
22nd Aug, 2010
I made these for the guys at the tennis club to have after our game and they disappeared within minutes. Even one of the girls on a diet had two!! One note of warning - it doesn't mention in the instructions when to add the fruit so make sure you do this before putting them in the oven. Will definitely be making these again
21st Jul, 2010
These came out just great considering I made them with a class of Japanese 15 year olds. They didn't quite look right but they tasted just like the ones Mum used to make and were great with some tea. With the students I used margarine (it is cheaper), but when I made my practice version I used butter. The butter ones tasted better. Was that because I used butter or because of who made them ... hummmm ... since I am a terrible cook I would imagine it was the butter.


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