Rock Buns


I had a real sweet tooth yesterday but now I live in a world without JUNK FOOD (the closest I get to junk food is wholewheat bread with jam!) my craving had to be cooked from scratch.. It was so worth the effort though…..only 30 minutes after weighing out the ingredients I was enjoying a couple of rock buns, with a blob of mock cream and strawberry jam and a couple of hot cups of British tea!

Rock Buns

  • 8 oz wholemeal/wholewheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice/all spice
  • 2 oz margarine
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 2 oz sultanas or dried mixed fruit
  • 1 egg or 1 reconstituted dried egg
  • milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar for topping


Sift the flour, baking powder and spice

Rub in the margarine

Add the sugar, dried fruit and the egg

Gradually add enough milk to make a sticky mixture

Put spoonful onto parchment paper on baking tray ( makes 12-14)

Sprinkle with the sugar

Cook in a hot oven for 12-15 minutes

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16 thoughts on “Rock Buns

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  2. What fun it’s been reading your blog. I’m fascinated for some reason with British things, love the Harry Potters, in which he often mentions Hagrid’s “rock cakes”, and here they are! Hope your project is going well!

    • Hi,
      if you have sky/cable, and you keep an eye on the Yesterday channel, there is a programme called wartime kitchen, that shows lots of recipes in wartime britain, I think you would like it.

  3. Good for you, have just made a second batch of the bread pudding, I can remember my grandma making this for us a children to the same recipe, and, when i had my first slice, it took me back to those enjoyable days when grandma made it for us, we tried a lot of these recipes as children, thanks to grandma, showing us what they had in the war, we tried them in the 60s and 70s so they have stood the test of time, great to see them and cook them for myself now. Good Luck and enjoy, enjoying your progress, and coments.

  4. I was looking up WW2 Bread Pudding recipes today to compare with a family recipe my Mum had sent me from the UK, as I was hankering after some familiar tastes from my 1950’s/60’s childhood. I was delighted to come upon your fascinating site and links. Well done on a great site. Also took a look at frugal and greenish which would pretty much be a good description for me and see lots of potential interesting reading to dip into. Then amazed to see that you are also in the Maritimes.

  5. Made rock buns for the cake stall at church christmas fete. They went quick! the kids didnt know what to make of them but the mums and dads went all nostalgic.

  6. Brilliant site for times like these. Thank you! (And my rock buns are looking good – another few minutes cooking and they’ll be done)

    Oh and I’ve mentioned your site on GransNet 🙂

      • Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Is there any way a conversion chart could be put up for us Yanks? Like temp ranges for Slow/Moderate/fast ovens, what equals an English dessert spoon/tea spoon? Etc etc I do hope I’m not coming across as demanding, that wasn’t my intent. Cheers.

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