Hi there everyone! I hope you’ve been having a brilliant week since my last post and have been jumping up and down in excitement for my next one. This week I’m covering rock drops. These make for a lovely and delightfully simple bit of baking. They’re also quick to make and are easy enough that you can make them with small children in tow. They are also something that you might not have heard of before. Think scones but crumbly like biscuits and moist like cake. I can’t really think of a better way to describe them to be honest. They’re really nice though and are more than ideal for trick or treat day in the office when it’s your turn to bring in something yummy or maybe for a picnic or an afternoon snack. Whatever time or place takes your fancy.
Note – The last time I made these I was halfway through making them before I realised that I hadn’t any demerara sugar on hand and had to use brown sugar instead. They turned out fine. If you don’t have any demerara in your pantry then just use what you do have.
Recipe – Rock Drops
100g of butter, diced, plus extra for greasing
200g of plain flour
2 tsp of baking powder
75g of demerara sugar (brown sugar will work as well)
100g of sultanas, or other dried fruit
30g of finely sliced glace cherries
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp of milk
Pre-heat your oven to 200C or 392F. Lightly grease a baking tray with a little butter.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter with you fingertips until the mixture becomes crumbly and fine. Stir in the sugar (just use your hands), sultanas or other fruit and the cherries. Also mix in the beaten egg and milk and bring together to form a soft dough.
Spoon nine rough balls of the mixture onto your tray and flatten them a bit with your palm. Maybe also roughen them up a little as well. Remember to allow room between them for expansion while cooking.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins, or until firm to the touch, like with scones. But softer. Remove from the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack or serve piping hot, accompanied with an ample amount of soft butter and perhaps jam, but they’re so delicious that they don’t need anything anyway. Enjoy.
Recipe from the about sean’s food blog and sourced from the Cakes & Bakes cookery book. Published by the Love Food Company.