rock buns (or rock cakes)rating:
the original recipe doesn't mention it, but I always remember these as being slightly spiced, so I add about a flat tsp of mixed spice with the flour.
225g self raising flour (or plain with 2 tsp baking powder)
115g butter or margarine
115g caster sugar
115g mixed dried fruit
approx 2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp of caster sugar for glazing (I forgot - doesn't seem to matter)
preheat oven to gas 6 / 200C.
grease and flour the baking tin (I just used greaseproof and that spray on stuff, which is wonderful).
sift the flour (and baking powder if you're using it) into a mixing bowl, and rub in the fat until it reaches a breadcrumby consistency.
add the sugar, then the egg, mix thoroughly with a flat bladed knife. Slowly add the dried fruit, then the milk bit by bit. You want a stiff consistency if the mixture stands in peaks when you drag the knife through it.
this makes about 12 - you want a biggish, flat tin, because they spread sideways.
bake for 15 minutes - eat as soon as possible, they're wonderful straight out of the oven.