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Old 05-12-2018, 09:56 AM   #1
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Rock Buns

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A long time ago a friend gave me a recipe for rock buns - we even made them together. I wrote the recipe down and put it in a file with other recipes, but over the years the page with the method for the recipe has gone missing and I have forgotten how we made the buns. I remember something about mixing the ingredients together but that's all. I was hoping someone might be able to suggest what we would have done next.

The ingredients I have written down are:

8 ounces self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 ounces Blue Band margarine ( any tub margarine spread would probably do).

There probably was sugar in there as well.

Any suggestions?

Gillian

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Old 05-12-2018, 01:12 PM   #2
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I don't know if this belongs here or not, but mods can move it if necessary.

A long time ago a friend gave me a recipe for rock buns - we even made them together. I wrote the recipe down and put it in a file with other recipes, but over the years the page with the method for the recipe has gone missing and I have forgotten how we made the buns. I remember something about mixing the ingredients together but that's all. I was hoping someone might be able to suggest what we would have done next.

The ingredients I have written down are:

8 ounces self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 ounces Blue Band margarine ( any tub margarine spread would probably do).

There probably was sugar in there as well.

Any suggestions?

Gillian
Never heard of rock buns. Today seems to be a “whaaaa?” day for me! I probably wouldn’t make these, they look just a bit too much like their namesake, but I did google it for you, came up with an entire page of recipes. Here’s one; I choose it because it comes from the BBC. Rock bread is British, right? I couldn’t imagine a French baker coming up with it! And naming it “rock bread” seems so, well, British!

From the BBC:
https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/rock_cakes_03094
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:06 PM   #3
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In Scotland rock buns are scones with raisins in them.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:08 PM   #4
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In Scotland rock buns are scones with raisins in them.
So is the “rock” the scone or the raisins?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_cake
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A rock cake, also called a rock bun, is a small fruit cake with a rough surface resembling a rock.
Rock cakes originated in Great Britain, where they are a traditional teatime treat, but are now popular in many parts of the world. They were promoted by the Ministry of Food during the Second World War since they require fewer eggs and less sugar than ordinary cakes, an important savings in a time of strict rationing. Traditional recipes bulked them with oatmeal, which was more readily available than white flour
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I ask my mother in law and she said Scottish rock bun and English rock cakes are the same but we are right.

It more that they are lumpy and not perfect as scones are.
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Well, I will be danged! Learn something new every day. I wonder why my British husband never mentioned them. He was always trying to get to eat like a war time bride.
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Many thanks to those who clarified what rock cakes are and that they are not as awful as they spound!

I still don’t know how to make them!

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I check my notes from my mother in law and I give you the recipe
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Many thanks to those who clarified what rock cakes are and that they are not as awful as they spound!

I still don’t know how to make them!

Gillian
A recipe from the BBC was posted above.
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