I don’t know about you but there are particular recipes that zoom me back to my days of childhood and were the start of my love for baking. Rock cakes were a favourite and peppermint creams!
I was sent a book called Retro Cakes and Cookies and thought I would share one of the recipes.
- 175g soft unsalted butter
- 115g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 175g self raising flour
- 40g cornflour
- 50g rolled oats
- 50g dessicated coconut
- Glace cherries halved or quartered depending on how much you like them.
- Preheat the oven to 190ºC/gas mark 5
- Grease and line two baking sheets
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy
- Beat in the egg and vanilla
- Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl and stir to mix
- Shape the mixture into 24 balls (I found using my hands was the easiest way) and roll half in the oats and half in the coconut
- Place 12 balls on each baking sheet
- Press the balls slightly and top each one with the glace cherry
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Cool for 5 minutes before transferring the biscuits to a wire rack
My daughter and I also made Double Chocolate Pinwheels from this book, they were a bit of a faff and take ages because of chilling time but made a lovely crisp biscuit which makes a change from a soft chewy cookie.
There are 25 recipes in the book by Wendy Sweetser including Rock Cakes Iced Buns (children have requested I make these next) Coffee and Walnut cake and a Cornish Saffron cake. Divided into three chapters, ‘Small cakes, Bars and Buns’ ‘Cookies and other Treats’ and ‘Large Cakes’ there are enough recipes that whet my appetite in this book to keep me busy for a while. At £9.99 it’s quite expensive for so few recipes but definitely a book that will look good in any cookery book collection.