It’s been a week of pretty awful sleep. That saying about “They saved the best till last” is not true when it comes to sleeping babies. The third baby is the worse sleeper! However she also gives the best cuddles and is super cute with it, so I can’t be cross with her.
When I don’t sleep well I tend to :
- Walk around in a bit of a brain fog, yet still be functional for work – how does that happen?
- Want to poke out the eyes of anyone who has a baby that sleeps through the night.
- Loose some of my words. My 6 year old is good at finding them for me. “I’m just making…..ummm, ummm” “Breakfast Mummy?” “Yes, that’s the one”.
- Get creating in the kitchen. I’ve no idea how but cooking and baking helps restore my sanity.
So on a cold, fuzzy headed Sunday afternoon I was flicking through my recipe notebook and stumbled upon rockcakes. Rockcakes seem to be one of those recipes that people make in school or when they are learning to bake. I think they need a come-back. Super easy to make, which means the children can help, there is little that you can go wrong with and you are left with a mountain of tasty snacks for your week.
I’ve adapted the usual rock cake recipe by adding in fruit and upon tasty the mix I decided it was sweet enough for our palates. Try a bit of it before you add in the eggs and see what you think as you can always add in a little sugar to taste. Doing it this way will hopefully mean you don’t go OTT on the sugar content.
My kids were happy bunnies and rewarded me by playing nicely with minimal arguments all afternoon. I love the subtle pear hint in these. Perfect for tbe after school munchies, which happens to co-incide with my cuppa and snack time 🙂
- 100g butter at room temperature
- 250g flour (I used Doves Farm Plain Gluten Free Blend)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 soft large pear, peeled and chopped
- 1 soft ripe banana, mashed
- 100g raisins
- 2 eggs
- Rub the butter into the flour.
- Now add the baking power and spice.
- Add in the wet fruit. the pear should break down easily if you are using a stand mixer or food processor.
- Now mix the raisins in gently.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time.
- Taste and add sugar if needed, I found it wasn't necessary.
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5, line and grease a baking tray.
- You should end up with a soft dough.
- Take dessert spoons of the mixture and gently shape into rounds.
- Place onto a greased, lined baking tray.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly browned on the top.