Recipe for New Forest Gill's Regal Rock Cakes

Regal Rock Cakes

New Forest Gill's New Forest Show prize winning "Frankie" rock cake recipe

New Forest Gill has a claim to fame in the baking department, having won 8 of the baking classes at the 2022 New Forest Show! Including with her rock cakes: this recipe for Frankie's Rock Cakes gained Gill first place in the Cake & Bake! For the purposes of this rather special weekend however, as we mourn the loss of our amazing monarch of 70 years Queen Elizabeth II and prepare for her funeral on Monday, some of us might appreciate something special to nibble so for now it's the Regal Rock Cake Recipe!

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Regal Rock Cakes based on Frankie's recipe - in Gill's words...

 

I must say that I have been able to adapt this recipe very easily into a Gluten Free version.  All you need do is add an extra 1oz/ 28g of Gluten Free self raising flour.  However if your mixture is still a little wet having added the egg, add a little more flour, go easy adding a little at a time.
 
So in honour of Frankie’s lovely recipe, and with my additions, here it is:    
 
Ingredients:
  • 8oz/ 225g Self raising flour
  • 3oz/ 85g butter - cubed & cold
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice (I like a headed spoon, but entirely up to you!)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3oz/ 85g caster sugar
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 3oz/ 85g dried fruit
  • 2-3 teaspoon milk (dependent upon egg size)
 
Optional extras:  add 3 or 4 dried apricots, cutting them quite small; orange zest.


Method:

1. Ensure the butter is cold.  This really does make a difference when rubbing in the butter to the flour.
 
2. Mix the flour, salt & spice with the fat and rub in with fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.  (You can use a food processor if you have one).
 
3. Then stir in the sugar & fruit, and if you're adding the chopped apricots &/ or the orange zest, you will need to add them in now.  Mix well.
 
4. Now add in the beaten egg, with a fork, and enough milk to bind it to a stiff paste with edges!  (I use a medium egg and add just a couple of teaspoons of milk.  Do not add too much milk.  The mixture should look like the photo.  
 
5. Now mold the paste together, but not too much, as you can see from the photo they are to have some jagged edges (the rocks in the Rock Cakes!).
 
6. Place them on a baking parchment on a tray and cook for 20 minutes at 160’c on the middle shelf, but when you smell the spice, it's the time to check them and twist around the tray to get an even bake!
 
7. Good luck!  May see you at the New Forest Show next year!
 

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