I will share with you my winner chocolate rock buns recipe. Now, you may think that this recipe is a bit weird, in the sense that it has ground almonds in it, but I thought this adds to both the texture and the taste of the rock buns. When I was young I used to eliminate this and replace it with flour, but boy was I missing out.
So, these are the ingredients you will need:
- 200 g plain flour
- 50 g ground almonds
- 90 g butter or margarine
- 90 g sugar
- 90 g chocolate bits *
- 2 beaten eggs
- a pinch of salt
- 2 table spoon of baking powder
*this can be changed to raisins or candied peels or any other fruit you might want to have in your cookies
And this is the magic, also known as the method to make these gorgeous cookies:
- Before you start making the dough, make sure you start heating up the oven up to 180 degrees celsius. When making sweets, it’s of utmost important that the oven has reached the desired warmth otherwise it won’t cook the cakes properly.
- Sieve the flour and add the salt, sugar and the ground almonds. Make sure this is mixed thoroughly before you add in the butter or margarine. Stir this first using a wooden spoon and then using the ‘rubbing in’ method.
- At this moment add the chocolate bits and once this is mixed thoroughly, make a hole and add the beaten eggs. Keep stirring until you get a stiff ‘not so sticky’ mixture.
- Split the mixture into buns and place them on your baking tray. Make sure the buns look ‘rough’ and you can achieve this by using a fork to rough in it up.
- Bake for 20 minutes until they are light golden. Cool the rock buns on a wire wrack. You can add more sugar for extra sparkle but I usually skip this.
And the outcome should be something like this:
I made 8 buns with these measurements; they were around 10cm each, in diameter.