Good Old Rock Cakes

These were once economy cakes, not too expensive, providing cake for large families. They were not going to be included in this edition – until, that is, we made some. And unbelievably they went down a storm. Perhaps we’ve got so used to bland shop-bought stuff that even something as simple as this tastes so very good.

Makes 10-12

This recipe is from Delia's Cakes

Good Old Rock Cakes
 350g plain flour
 ¼ teaspoon salt
 2 level teaspoons baking powder
 175g light brown sugar
 about ¼ nutmeg, freshly grated
 ½ level teaspoon mixed spice
 175g spreadable butter
 125g mixed dried fruit
 1 large egg
 1–2 tablespoons milk (if needed)
 Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark 5
Equipment: A Delia Online Baking Sheet, lined with a non-stick liner, or similar. 


Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, making sure you get all the little lumps out of the sugar, then add the spices and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Lastly, stir in the fruit.

Now break the egg into a separate bowl and whisk it lightly with a fork, then add it to the flour mixture.

Stir until the mixture forms a stiff dough (you may need to add a tablespoon of milk, though certainly not more than two).

Now, using two forks, pile the mixture in irregular spiky heaps on the baking sheet.

Bake near the centre of the oven for 18–20 minutes or until golden brown, then leave to cool for a minute on the tray before removing to a wire rack.

Store in an airtight tin.

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