Rock Cakes are an ideal recipe for toddlers, they require lots of ‘direct’ contact with the ingredients and can be moulded into all manner of fun shapes.
This recipe is based on an old Good Housekeeping cookery book, but I have adapted it a bit to our tastes. It will make about 16 rock cakes, but this all depends on how big or small your toddler chooses to make them!
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees
- Grease a non stick baking tray
- Measure 8 ounces of self raising flour and put it into a bowl
- Measure 4 ounces of butter and put that in the bowl with the flour
- Get your toddler to rub the flour and butter together using their (washed) hands
- The mixture should resemble breadcrumbs
- Measure 4 ounces of sugar and add this to the bowl with the above and mix
- Measure 3/ 4 ounces of sultanas ( the recipe book suggests mixed fruit, but we prefer sultanas and sometimes add glace cherries)
- Add the sultanas to the mixture along with a pinch of salt
- Then we add one teaspoon of cinnamon, (however you can add half a teaspoon of mixed spice and half a teaspoon of nutmeg instead if you wish)
- Add a beaten egg and some milk to the mixture and get your toddler to use a spoon to mix it all up, so that it becomes doughy and mould-able
- Now the really fun part; one toddler handful equals one cake. Get them to mould it however they want and place them onto the greased tray
- Place them in the oven at 180 degrees centigrade for between 15- 20 minutes
Enjoy them hot with some clotted cream, custard or just on their own…