Nanny's Rock Cakes

I remember my mum cooking these and telling me her mum used to make them. My boys love them, they never make the cake tin!


1. Heat oven to 200oC/Gas 6. Greast 2 baking trays.
2. Mix the flour and salt together and rub in the margarine. Stir in the dried fruit and caster sugar. Mix to a stiff dough with egg and a little milk.
3. Place in rough heaps on the baking tray and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Hints 'n' Tips

Don't try to make the heaps look tidy on the baking trays otherwise they won't look rocky! Leave them in rough mounds.
These are also dead easy for kids to make.


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I haven't had rock cakes for years. Must try this!
Mine go in a flash! Best eaten straight from the oven (ha ha!! - that's what my lot say!)
i added these straight to my favourite list
and am just wondering if u can do them without fruit
You could do them without fruit but wouldn't be nearly so yummy! Would be more like a scone, and a bit dry. Don't you like fruit?
hi jailbird. just made them well there in the oven anyway, its the same recipe as the one i do but with less sugar which is a bonus as tryin to lose weight,as 4 the person who doesnt like fruit it also works with chocolate chips in it instead of fruit.
Hi Ian - hope you enjoy! Don't eat more though because of the reduced amount of sugar!!
I have just made these and they are yummy! I added a teaspoon of cinnamon in to give them a bit of spice. Also re dried fruits, I am also not a big fan, esp of raisins/currants etc, but I love cranberries so I used those, and I used half the amount (50g). This recipe still tastes great with half, and you just need to find a dried fruit that you do like.
Hi Khadijah - fab idea! Probably blueberries would work too! As would most berry fruits. Thanks for that.
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