Brown Sugar & Spice Rock Buns

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By Lorraine Pascale

Published 2017

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Is this one of the first things you ever baked? The rock bun seems rooted in many people’s baking memories. Use whichever dried fruit you like – you could even soak the dried fruit in alcohol or apple juice overnight to add some extra flavour and help to keep them nice and moist.


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125 g butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • seeds of ½ vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80 g soft light brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling over the top
  • 150 g raisins or dried cranberries or mixed dried fruit, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white


Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/350°F/gas 4) and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Put the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and butter into a bowl. Using your thumb and your fingers, pick up bits of the mixture, rub it together and then let it fall back into the bowl until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. If you like, you can pop the mixture into the food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

If you have used a food processor, tip the mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla, sugar, and your choice of dried fruit to the mixture and stir together to combine using a wooden spoon. Then add the eggs and the egg white and mix again to form a fairly tight dough.

Using a large spoon or a mechanical ice-cream scoop, divide the mixture into twelve equal-sized blobs on the lined baking sheets. Sprinkle each one with a little extra brown sugar and then place them in the oven and bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the buns are firm and golden brown.

Once the rock buns are cooked, remove them from the oven and leave to cool completely on the baking sheets before serving.