Gemma baking

Gemma Baking

Gemma Warden - Rocking Rock Cakes

Gemma has had Leukaemia. She loves cooking and coming up with new and interesting recipes. Her dream came true when she got a behind the scenes tour of the kitchens at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant 'Dinner' at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. She got to see how a busy service was run and was able to taste a lot of the excellent food that was produced.

Ingredients: makes 16 rock cakes

400g self-raising flour
150g butter or margarine cubed
150g brown sugar
150g mixed dried fruit
10 Glacé cherries
2 Eggs

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C or gas mark 7.
  • Sieve the flour into the large mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the cubed butter or margarine into the flour, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir the sugar, dried fruit and glacé cherries in to the flour.
  • Whisk the eggs lightly in the small bowl.
  • Make a careful well in the flour mixture and carefully add the eggs in. [If your mixture is too dry then add a tiny amount of water to get it to stick together, it should have the consistency of a soft but firm dough].
  • Using two spoons or your fingers divide the dough into quarters to make 16 "rocks" and place on your baking tray.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool on the cooling rack, then butter and eat.