2010年6月24日木曜日

Ever eaten a rock?


Rock cake that is.

My monthly cooking class was today and we made granola (thanks Kim!!) and rock cakes.

Of the eight people there two thought I had said hot cakes, three thought they would be cakes as hard as rocks and the other three were just mystified.

It's a wonder any of them turned up at all, huh?!

Anyway, the class went well, the granola is amazing, the rock cakes went over really well (much tastier than rocks by all accounts) but it got me wondering: how widely known are rock cakes? They're quite popular in my little part of Oz and incredibly popular with my Dad who used to request a double batch from my sister as his birthday present (even after she got a part time job and could have actually bought him something) but today's class had people who have lived in Hong Kong and the UK, and a woman married to an American and none of them knew what I was talking about?

Just incase you are similarly unaware of the magnificent rock cake- easy to make, great fun to cook with kids, tasty to boot- here's my (sister's) recipe (it rocks!):

Ingredients:

300 grams flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp cinnamon (mixed spice if you can get it)

80 grams butter

80 grams brown sugar

30 grams sultanas (I add waaaaay more)

45 grams granola (actually cornflakes but I needed a tie in with the granola)

1 egg

125 ml milk

Method

1. Set oven to 200 degrees

2. Sift flour, cinnamon and baking powder

3. Rub butter into flour mix with fingertips

4. Add sugar, fruit and granola

5. Beat egg in a small bowl and add milk

6. Add egg mix to flour mix and stir well to combine

7. Place spoonfuls of mix on greased oven tray.

8. Bake at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes until brown

9. Cool on cake cooler

Enjoy!

6 件のコメント:

Melanie さんのコメント...

I`ve never heard of rock cakes before but the recipe seems like it might resemble an oatmeal raisin cookie?

I`ll give it a go tomorrow or this weekend.

selena さんのコメント...

Never heard of them either; I'm an American who loves to bake.

jojoebi さんのコメント...

I have, we used to make them all the time as kids, easy kid recipe and they were one of the first things we made in cooking class at school.
Jo the Brit.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Melanie- they're a little less sweet than a cookie. Kind of a cross between a cookie and a scone maybe? Yummy though- worth giving a try!

Selena- you'll have to give them a go!

Jo- Any recipe that involves rubbing in is a winner with kids huh? You went to an advanced school cooking-wise. We started with a salad sandwich and cold cocoa. Week two we advanced to a toasted sandwich and hot cocoa. They had a lot of faith in us, huh?

Claire さんのコメント...

Here's another Brit for whom they were an integral part of childhood, though Mum never included cornflakes or even spices - just the plain dough (pretty much the same as a scone dough, but a bit sweeter) with raisins. They were one of the first things I learned to cook, too!

Melanie さんのコメント...

just made these, they are great!

thanks for sharing the recipe!