Dreams Come True

Gemma Warden
Rocking Rock Cakes

Gemma Baking

Gemma has had Leukaemia. She loves cooking and coming up with new and interesting recipes. Her dream came true when she got a behind the scenes tour of the kitchens at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant 'Dinner' at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. She got to see how a busy service was run and was able to taste a lot of the excellent food that was produced.

Ingredients: makes 16 rock cakes

400g self-raising flour
150g butter or margarine cubed
150g brown sugar
150g mixed dried fruit
10 Glacé cherries
2 Eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C or gas mark 7.
  • Sieve the flour into the large mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the cubed butter or margarine into the flour, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir the sugar, dried fruit and glacé cherries in to the flour.
  • Whisk the eggs lightly in the small bowl.
  • Make a careful well in the flour mixture and carefully add the eggs in. [If your mixture is too dry then add a tiny amount of water to get it to stick together, it should have the consistency of a soft but firm dough].
  • Using two spoons or your fingers divide the dough into quarters to make 16 "rocks" and place on your baking tray.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool on the cooling rack, then butter and eat.

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