If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would pour you a cup of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea from tLeafT and serve you up a freshly baked rock bun. You say you haven’t had one of those in years, and I say neither have I, but I was reminded of them over at Ruth Blogs Here, and so picked up my old retro baking book to check on the recipe. Apparently, they were promoted by the Ministry of Food during the Second World War as they use fewer eggs and less sugar than ordinary cakes.
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you that I couldn’t find any mixed peel today for the rock buns, so substituted some little dried apple bits I had in the cupboard with a bit of lemon peel. You say everyone must be buying up peel for Christmas cake and I laugh and say you could be right.
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about the results of Super Saturday and the push for vaccination uptake here in Aotearoa New Zealand. We agree it seems to have been successful,
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about the forthcoming film festival and what we would like to see, about what we have watched recently (the Danish drama series Equinox on Netflix, the second series of Guilt).
If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…you would ask for the recipe for rock buns and I would say well, the book is so old the measurements are in ounces. You smile and say how did you measure things out? And I say I still have a set of scales in ounces, but let’s try and convert the quantities anyway.
- 8 oz or 225 g self-raising flour
- 4 oz or 115g sugar
- 4 oz or 115g butter (my book actually says margarine…anyone else remember those hard blocks of margarine?)
- 3 oz or 85g currants
- 1 oz or 25g mixed peel (or emergency substitute as above)
- 1 egg and a little milk to mix
Mix flour and sugar in bowl, and rub in the butter. Mix in currants and peel. Mix to a stiff dough with beaten egg and a little milk. Place in rough heaps on a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes at 400F or 200C.
Entered into Natalie’s weekend coffee share.
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