Orange and Blueberry Rock Cakes

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Rock cakes are a classic English idea, and possibly one of the best recipes for novice cooks. After all, they are incredibly easy to prepare.

Ingredients
  • 2½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • finely-grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1½ cups blueberries*
  • whipped cream and candied orange zest, to serve
Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices into a large bowl. Add the butter, then rub with fingertips until crumbly. Mix in the sugar (reserving 1½ Tbsp).

2 Whisk the eggs, milk and zest together, then stir in with a spoon. When half-combined, add the blueberries and continue mixing, until a smooth but fairly stiff dough is formed.

3 Use two spoons to form 12 irregular rock shapes and arrange on lined biscuit trays. Scatter with the reserved sugar, then bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden. Cool on a wire rack, then serve within 2 hours with whipped cream and candied orange zest.

COOK’S NOTES: * If using frozen blueberries, make sure to use them while still frozen solid, otherwise the dough will become wet and unusable.