Harry, Ron and Hermione spent many free evenings in Hagrid’s hut talking about their latest adventures in Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Hagrid was an awful cook and I always assumed the rock cakes he served were called so for a reason ! Ron broke his teeth once thanks to them.
[Note- I really hope you are a Harry Potter fan too. If not, well that’s ok and don’t worry thankfully my baking is much better than Hagrid’s]
Rock cakes are called so because of the way they look [ small and with a rough surface]. They are truly bite sized beauties and I love how the edges have a cookie-ish feel and the inside is a tasty moist cake. These are super easy to make and make a great snack with your evening cuppa.
These rock cakes are a great idea for your kid’s snack pack too. [ Include a combination of flours like ragi, jowar, bajra or oats to make these healthier and wholesome].
Spice and Nut - Rock Cakes
Bite sized spiced and nutty cakes
Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
Grease and line a cookie tray/ a sheet tray with parchment paper.
Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and cornflour together.
Cream the butter and sugar until it turns light and fluffy.
Add all the ingredients except the nuts and dry fruits. Mix until well combined.
Fold in the nuts and dry fruits.
Drop 2 tbsps of the cake batter on one corner of the prepared baking tray. Leave about 2-3 cms of space and repeat. Similarly spoon the rest of the batter. [The cakes would tend to spread out while baking thus it is important to give enough space between each of them].
Bake in the preheated oven at 170 degrees for 15-20 minutes. [ You may check if a skewer inserted comes out clean . Also the sides would start to brown once the cake is done].
You can serve them warm and fresh out of the oven or store them in an air tight box once they are cooled completely.
- Oven temperature and time may vary. Check on your rock cakes after 15 minutes.
- I greased a couple of large cookie cutters and placed them on the prepared parchment. Putting the batter into these made it easier for me. Though I agree they wouldn't look like traditional rock cakes.
- You can choose to add any nuts / dry fruits of your choice or perhaps choco-chips instead. I added chopped almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and raisins.
- Cane sugar, besides being healthier adds a lovely flavour to the bake. But regular white sugar works just as well.