Traditional Rock Cakes

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is Rock Cakes. Traditionally from Ireland, UK with ingredients such as dried fruit and spices which gives it the common taste. I love keeping them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes to get a crunchy outer layer but it is still soft and very cake like in the middle. These are great to make because they have a rustic vibe and can be eaten any time of the day, not so indulgent but still tastes great. Before adding the egg it might look like there is not enough liquid but just give it a good mix until everything combines together.

Recipe: Rock Cakes (makes 14)

Ingredients

200g self-raisng flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spices

100g butter

40g granulated sugar

45g demerara sugar

50g mixed dried fruit

1 egg

2 tbsp milk (I used a milk substitute)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and butter into a bowl and use your fingers to rub in the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Then add the sugars and dried fruit giving it a mix.
  • Next add the egg and milk, nixing until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the trays and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool before eating

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Chunky White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Recently I baked these thick, soft, delicious cookies. The cocoa gives it such a rich flavour and the the white chocolate chunks are a perfect treat with every bite. These cookies are indulgent and great for dessert after dinner with ice cream or custard. They will last 3-4 days in a container.

Recipe: white chocolate chip cookies (makes 24)

Ingredients

115g butter

180g caster sugar

1 egg

210g plain flour

30g cocoa powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

Pinch of salt

100g white chocolate chunks

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and add the egg.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda, salt and 80g of the chocolate chunks.
  • Mix everything together and use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture onto the trays. Sprinkle the extra 20g of chocolate over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and leave to cool completely before eating.

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Sprinkle Cookies

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Interestingly, sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) are also know as nonpariels in French, and are made up of sugar and starch, they were traditionally white but now come in many colours. Sprinkle cookies and cakes are actually quite a popular baked treat probably because of the bright colours, mine are a little less covered in the sugar but taste great all the same.

Recipe: Sprinkle Cookies (makes 20)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

115g butter

45g caster sugar

10g hundreds and thousands plus extra for sprinkling on top

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter.
  • Next, add the sugar and hundreds and thousands and knead until it forms a dough.
  • Roll out onto a floured surface to the thickness of 5mm and use a 68mm cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
  • Place them on the tray and bake in the oven for 20m minutes until fully cooked.
  • Leave to cool down completely on a wire rack before eating

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe feature oats and raisins which are both tasty and popular baking ingredients. Oats are very healthy, gluten free and full of nutrients. Raisins are beneficial to the body when eaten in moderation as they are sweet and high in sugar, raisins are also high in vitamins, minerals and fibre.

These cookies are so delicious, I like to keep them in the oven long enough so that they have a little crispiness to the bite. They are perfect to eat at anytime of the day and make a great snack.

Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (makes 34)

Ingredients

175g butter

250g demerara sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp water

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g oats

140g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6 and line to trays with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together, then add the egg, water and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together and slowly add to the egg mixture mixing until smooth.
  • Use a tablespoon to spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

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Anzac Biscuits

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This recipe actually has quite a beautiful message behind it, these biscuits were made to send to ANZAC’s serving in Gallipoli, hence the name. Although it’s not April, ANZAC day is an important national occasion for Australia and New Zealand. It marks the anniversary where both countries joined forces during the First World War.

This recipe is perfect with a good combination of oats, coconut and flour that gives it the chewy consistency. Also, it’s fun to watch the bicarbonate soda fizz up in the butter mixture 🙂

Recipe: Anzac Biscuits (makes 17)

Ingredients

85g oats

85g desiccated coconut

100g plain flour

100g caster sugar

100g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line two trays with parchment paper.
  • Place the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup.
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.
  • Gently incorporate the syrup and butter mix into the dry ingredients.
  • Put dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to the trays and bake in batches for 12-15 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Original recipe is from here.