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)
200g self-raisng flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spices
40g granulated sugar
45g demerara sugar
50g mixed dried fruit
2 tbsp milk (I used a milk substitute)
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.
Hello everyone welcome back to my blog. I hope your day has been well.
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)
175g plain flour
45g caster sugar
10g hundreds and thousands plus extra for sprinkling on top
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
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)
85g desiccated coconut
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
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.
I made these mini biscuits late one evening as I fancied a little treat. They taste so good and are not too sweet. These biscuits are light to the bite and you could bake them without the Smartie for a healthier version. These would make a nice gift for someone who like biscuits and great for a family gathering. Super simple to make!!
Recipe: Mini Smartie Biscuits (makes 33)
50g caster sugar
170g self-raising flour
Extra flour for dusting
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
Mix the butter and sugar together and gradually mix in the flour using your hands to form a dough.
Roll the dough with a rolling pin to a little thicker than a 1 pound coin and use a curved cutter to make the biscuit shape and place each one on a tray.
Continue until all the dough is used and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
At the beginning of lockdown I brought a few baking supplies thinking I would be baking loads but it turns out I’ve been cooking a lot more meals. Anyway, I’ve had this box of Smarties in the cupboard for a couple of months and I thought it was finally time to use them. Here goes my Chunky Smartie Cookies….
Recipe: Chunky Smartie Cookies (makes 18)
100g caster sugar
100g soft dark brown sugar
300g plain flour
1/3 tsp bicarbonate soda
Large handful of Smarties
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
Melt the butter in a pan or microwave and leave to cool slightly before adding to a large bowl. Then add both sugars.
Crack the egg and whisk in a separate bowl, before slowly pouring into the butter mixture.
Next add the flour and bicarbonate soda slowly making sure the mixture is well combined then add the Smarties.
Use a tablespoon to evenly place 6 portions onto the oven trays and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Leave to cool down completely on a wire rack before eating.