It goes without saying that my inaugural post had to be rock buns. Rock buns for those of you not in the know are a fancy, lightly spiced/ foreign, 70’s, free-form scone like item. So, with my teething maggot finally asleep upstairs (nurofen jelly for six month olds on my next post) I made these little treats. I say treats but I reckon I can get away with having them on my new regime* because I don’t see them as a dessert and if I eat them right after lunch no one could question me.
Aoife (sister No. 3) dusted off quite the 70’s, brown, faded cookbook to find the recipe for me. It’s marked with a big asterisk in blue biro from Mum. I’ve tweaked the recipe slightly and this is what I decided upon:
Oven Temperature – 190 Celsius
Butter – 75g
Caster sugar – 75g
Self raising flour – 200g
Salt – a nice pinch
Mixed Spice – half teaspoon
Mixed peel/ sultanas/ nice dried fruit – 100g
Egg – 1
Whole milk – 2 Tablespoons
Preheat your oven. Put the butter, sugar, flour, salt and mixed spice into a big mixing bowl. Rub the ingredients together using your thumb against your three big fingers until the mixture looks like very fine, unrealistic breadcrumbs. Mix in the fruit. Mixed peel is essential but the other dried fruit choices are up to you.
In a separate bowl/ cup/ vessel beat the egg and milk together with a fork.
Add the egg mix to the flour mixture. Using your hands, gently work the ingredients till they just form an almost sticky dough. They’ll be crumblier the less you work it.
Make about 8 roughly ball-shaped mounds and place them on baking trays lined with baking parchment. Leave quite a bit of space between them because they grow more than you might think. Pop them in the oven for about 15 – 18mins or until lovely and golden. If they are browning too quickly just turn the oven down.
Best served slightly warm with butter. I don’t want to hear how rubbish the picture is by the way (thank you sisters) but it’s 9.30pm and all I have is Risteard’s iphone.
* My New Regime : nutella porridge and berries for breakfast, NO snacks, nice lunch, NO lunch dessert, NO snack, lovely dinner and only one portion of dessert.