I have happy memories of making Rock Cakes with my grandad Salway when I was a child. It was one of the first things I learnt to bake. They are so easy to make & simply delicious.
Rock cakes were promoted during the Second World War by the ministry of food as they needed less eggs & sugar than other cakes so it was crucial during times of rationing. This recipe as it’s vegan (dairy free) needs no eggs whatsoever.
This corona virus pandemic is being compared to war-times which our grandparents endured so i think it’s a very apt recipe.
Particularly watching the queens speech last night re the Corona Virus when she said :
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again” resonant of the famous Vera Lynn wartime song “We’ll meet again”.
I’m capable of making anything I bake look like rocks lol so these are perfect for me to make 😂
225g self raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice (or cinnamon if you don’t have mixed spice)
1 tsp baking powder ( or cream of tartar or bicarbonate of soda)
100g vegetable spread
75g caster sugar
100g dried fruit
3 Tbsps Plant based milk
Heat oven to 200c / gas mark 4 / 400f
Add in the flour, and vegetable spread & blend together with mixed spice and dried fruit and stir together.
Gradually add milk the dough is thick & lumpy if more liquid is required add more milk.
Dollop mixture onto baking tray (makes about 10 dollops)
Bake for 15-20 minutes