Saturday, 28 September 2013

Fruity honey rock cakes

Today was the day of the AFL (football) grand final so we decided to make something yummy, so we honey and apricot rock cakes it was. These little fruit and spice cakes are typically perfect for a tea break but for us, they are perfect for an all the time break! 

We found the idea of this recipe in the Women's Weekly Cook book but changed it around a bit to match our tastes. As we are lovers of fruit, so therefore dried fruit, so dried apricot and sultanas were a significant component of these little cakes.
Chopping up the fruit

They were actually more like scones than cakes because they are not particularly sweet but abundance of fruit helps to create a great balance. Also, a great serving suggestion is jam and cream, which is known to be great for scones, so this will assist in flavour development for those who have a particularly sweet tooth :) And if you're one of those people who just need it to be even more sweet (we think it is good as it and we have a BIG sweet tooth), you can add extra sugar and honey than the recipe suggests. 

When mixing in the butter with the dry ingredients, use your fingers to make sure every bit of flour is covered in some butter.
Rubbing in the butter

These little cakes are a perfect snack and quite healthy too so that's always a bonus! Maddy and I can't stop going to the fridge and sneaking them into our pockets!!! 

Honey fruity rock cakes


2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
¼ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
90g butter, chopped*
¾ cup chopped dried apricots 
½ sultanas 
1 egg
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup milk


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowel and rub in butter. Add apricots and sultanas. Combine egg and honey in a small bowel and stir into mixture with milk. 
3. Place large tablespoonfuls of the mixture in rough heaps onto trays. Bake, uncovered for about 15 minutes. 
4. Allow to cool on trays before eating (we failed at this) and enjoy!

The ingredients in a bowl

Mixing the ingredients together
Tablespoon size scoops of batter
The rock cakes ready to be cooked

*Instead of using butter, coconut oil will also work work well and you can use what ever dried fruit you want. 

We hope you enjoyed these little treats! Keep cooking, twins in the kitchen.

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