About this recipe:A little diced apple makes these rock cakes moist and fruity. Quick and easy to prepare, they are ideal to cook with younger members of the family, who will enjoy making them as much as eating them. Cooking is not only fun for children but also encourages them to be more aware of the foods they eat.
225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
100 g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
55 g (2 oz) light muscovado sugar, plus a little extra to sprinkle
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 dessert apples, peeled and diced
75 g (2½ oz) sugar-free muesli
1 egg, beaten
4–5 tbsp semi-skimmed milk, as needed
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:15min › Ready in:35min
Preheat the oven to 190ºC (375ºF, gas mark 5). Put the flour into a bowl, add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, diced apples and muesli. Add the egg and stir it in with enough milk to bind the mixture together roughly.
Drop dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto 2 greased baking sheets, leaving space around each cake, and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and serve warm or cold. The rock cakes can be kept in an airtight tin for up to 2 days.
Some more ideas
Replace the muesli with a mixture of 3 tbsp rolled oats, 2 tbsp sesame or sunflower seeds and 55 g (2 oz) roughly chopped hazelnuts or almonds. * For apple and mincemeat rock cakes, use just 1 peeled and diced dessert apple with 150 g (5½ oz) mincemeat, and substitute 75 g (2½ oz) rolled oats for the muesli. Omit the cinnamon. * For tropical rock cakes, replace the apples, muesli and cinnamon with 50 g (1½ oz) desiccated coconut and 170 g (6 oz) chopped ready-to-eat exotic dried fruits, including pineapple, papaya and mango.
Apples are a good source of vitamin C and soluble fibre (in the form of pectin), as well as offering a flavonoid called quercetin, which is thought to have a potent antioxidant effect. * Adding muesli to cakes and bakes is a good way to increase their fibre content. * Children need healthy snacks to boost their energy and nutritional needs, and these little rock cakes are much better than sugar-laden commercial biscuits or salty crisps.
I put cherry's (last in the pot) and apples with mine used oats instead of musili as I ran out as well lol,
but it went down fatalistically, had to cook for around 30 mins but it was simple and easy I'll be doing this again... - 04 Sep 2012