When the weather’s dreich (grey and damp) there’s nothing quite like a bit of baking to warm you up. It was a dreich old day in my neck of the woods yesterday and it seemed to me rock buns were called for.
Here’s my recipe for making them. You can use any combination of dried fruits, or indeed swap the fruit for something else. Replacing the fruit with coconut, for example, creates a chewier texture and gives your jaws a good workout. Alternatively you could try nuts, seeds or chocolate chips.
8 oz self-raising flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
2 oz sugar
2 oz margarine
1 oz currants
2 oz raisins
1½ oz chopped mixed peel
about 3 tablespoons milk (enough to make a damp, sticky dough)
1. Mix flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
2. Rub in margarine.
3. Mix in dried fruit.
4. Mix to a stiff dough with egg and milk.
5. Place in rough heaps on a baking sheet.
6. Bake at 190C (170C fan) for 15-20 minutes.
These rock buns freeze well, and if you can’t eat them all at once they’ll stay tasty for several days in an airtight box.
Serving suggestion: devour fresh from the oven with a nice cup of tea.