Rock cakes for a rocky landscape

Rock cakes were one of the first cakes I ever baked, in Domestic Science classes at school. plateful - broken cake 20-1-14I still make them, and here they seem appropriate as the shape of the finished buns [we called them ‘rock buns’ where I grew up in Yorkshire] resemble the jagged limestone peaks which surround us [below]. rocky limestone 12-10-13When I make them now, I use Mary Berry’s recipe which seems very familiar so it is quite likely that my DS teacher used the same one. They taste just as good in Spain. Even Pablo has been known to eat one with his morning cafelito, and he is not given to eating cakes. plateful - cake on plate 20-1-14225g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g soft margarine
50g granulated sugar
100g mixed fruit [I used 50/50 sultanas/raisins]
50g currants
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
Demerara sugar [I’d run out so used castor]

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6. Lightly grease two baking trays. flour, b powder & margarine in bowl 20-1-14Measure the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the margarine, and rub into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. rubbed down to breadcrumbs 20-1-14Stir in the sugar and dried fruit. adding the fruit 20-1-14fruit mixed in 20-1-14Add the egg and milk, and mix until the mixture is stiff. egg close-up in bowl 20-1-14add beaten egg and milk 20-1-14If it is dry, add a little more milk.

Using two teaspoons [but I found an ice-cream scoop easier and about the right size], shape the mixture into 12 rough mounds. Six on each baking tray. Sprinkle the top of each cake with sugar. rock cake close-up - ready to go in oven 20-1-14ready to go into oven - tray 20-1-14Bake for 15 minutes or until the cakes are pale golden brown around the edges.  Remove from the baking tray, and cool on a wire rack. just out of the oven - tray 20-1-14just out of the oven - close-up 20-1-145 to remember
apropriado/a – appropriate
muy familiar/muy conocido/a – very familiar
el professor/la profesora – teacher
la pasa de uva – raisin
las yemas del dedo – the fingertips

mary berry's ultimate cake book 20-1-14

Mary Berry’s ‘Ultimate Cake Book’

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