Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday Baking

Today has been spent baking rock cakes! It has been one of those perfect Sundays for staying cosy indoors and not venturing out. The weather in England has been somewhat erratic of late and recently we have experienced snowfall over the past few days, which has settled and doesn't seem to want to leave. The snow has been intermittent throughout the day so what better way to enjoy this brief hibernation (before work beckons) than to bake!

I chose to bake rock cakes because they are quick, easy and comforting to eat when the weather is so cold. 

I followed the instructions from the BBC food website, which can be found here

          The finished rock cakes... om nom nom
Preparation method
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the cubed butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you really need it to make the mixture stick together.
  5. Place golfball-sized spoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Leave space between them as they will flatten and spread out to double their size during baking.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a couple of minutes then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.

What better way to spend a snowy afternoon than baking, eating and sipping hot chocolate. Note the beginnings of my vintage coat for the Sew For Victory project. It's coming along quite nicely even if I do say so myself!

Happy Sunday all and stay warm x

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