I remember making and eating these when I was little. They’re coconut rock cakes and this is a really easy recipe. The kids and I made these last week. They were made and ready to eat within half an hour! Not too bad. So, if you’re having one of those days, when you can’t be bothered to go out and the kids need something to do, then this is your summer holiday treat!
The bad news for me was that I discovered my scales were broken when I went to make them, so I had to guess the measurements. I then had a think and roughly worked out that things could be rounded to the nearest cup sizes. Surprisingly, they worked well! I’m looking at this as a positive, it means that you don’t have to be exact, which is great when baking with children.
1 cup/120g self raising flour
Half a cup/100g caster sugar
115g salted butter cut into cubes. (I cut a normal 250g pack at just under the half way point).
1 cup dessicated coconut. If you don’t like coconut you can also use raisins (it’d be the weight equivalent rather the cup equivalent though and that’d be just over 100grams.
1 large egg
100-150ml milk. Take it easy and see how it goes. I just sploshed it in and didn’t measure exactly.
Using fingers and thumbs, rub the flour and butter together in a good sized bowl. This is easy and doesn’t take as long as you think it will. You can cheat and whazz it in a food processor but that just makes for more washing up.
Stir in the sugar and coconut.
Add the egg and milk and mix into a stiff dough. It’s a bit like making ugly scones, so that’s the sort of consistency you’re after. I might have added too much milk to mine, which is why they’re a bit flat. I don’t think it matters that much as they still taste pretty yum.
Plop some dollops on to two lined baking trays (we used two dessert spoons to help) and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. I’ve got a gas oven, so it’s Gas Mark 6. Google tells me that that’s 180 degrees C for fan, 200 degrees C for not fan! Or 400 F.
Be warned, maybe you’d like to call them Coconut Rock Buns instead of cakes. I gave these to a friend’s offspring and they looked at them and delcared that they weren’t cakes at all and didn’t want them. As soon as I changed the name, they ate them all…
10 thoughts on “Quick Summer Holiday Baking – Coconut Rock Buns.”
Jum, they look delectable!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am going to try these!!! Cheers Johanna…ps I love your blog, I wish I had more time to leave a comment.
Thank you very much! 🙂 I love reading your blog too. I always get lots of ideas and inspiration about drawing – not that I ever share much here or have time to do it as much as I’d like!
I love these and they’re even nicer if you spread the base with melted dark chocolate and leave to set:)
Ooh, I like the sound of that!
Brings back memories of my Nanna – thank you.
They’re classics aren’t they!?
These look so tasty! Neither of my boys eat coconut (what?!!!) so I might try raisins. The alternative is to make coconut and eat them all myself 🙂
I know loads of people who don’t like it but yes, that has benefits! Sometimes, if I’m feeling fat then I make stuff with raisins in. They’re far too sweet and when they’re soggy, there really is nothing worse. When I’m desperate, you’ll find me in the kitchen picking them out of the flap jacks!
Ooooh, these look delicious! Must give them a go with the kids. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you! 🙂