Recipe – Minnie’s Rock Cakes

Family and friends expect to be eating rock cakes when they visit my parents at their farm, outside of Otaki, and cheeky people even request them if they know mum is going to be visiting! This recipe originally came from my dad’s mother, Minnie, who also made them a lot so they are well and truly a family staple with a long history.

Mum and dad have just put in a Homewood Stove of their very own (almost installed!), so when mum came up to stay with us in Whangarei last week I decided to get her baking this family favourite on the original Homewood Stove.

Note: these are not recommended for anyone on a diet!

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225 g butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 ¾ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 cup sultanas/mixed fruit

Melt the butter slightly, add the sugar and cream together using the electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla essence. Mix the flour and baking powder together in a bowl and sieve into the mixture. Use a wooden spoon to combine well (mix for about 5 minutes until almost like play-dough mixture). Add the sultanas and combine well. (The raw mixture tastes amazing so you may also need to use the wooden spoon to keep people at bay!)

Grease a baking tray and use a dessert spoon to make your rock cakes – should get about 20-25 rock cakes – and spread out over the tray.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 180 C. (Some people prefer them slightly undercooked, while others like them overcooked, so bake depending on who is coming for afternoon tea!)

Mum enjoyed baking on the Homewood and found the rock cakes were slightly crispy on the outside while being soft, moist and delicious on the inside. She looks forward to having her own Homewood installed and once it is we will do some cooking sessions from her new kitchen, so stay tuned for those!

Janie, 7th of October, 2010

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