Chocolate chip fairy cakes

This recipe is super cheap, quick and easy with minimal washing up and minimal effort. It’s for those times when you want to have  homemade cake but not spend an eternity making it.

Total time: 35 mins (15 mins prep, 20 mins baking)

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Makes 12 fairy cakes

Ingredients:

  • 125g Butter or 125ml oil
  • 125g sugar ( may need to be reduced)
  • 125g Self raising flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 50g milk chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180° and line a bun tine with fairy cases

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until pale, light and fluffy. ( When I am feeling lazy I do this with a wooden spoon)

3. Then add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated

4. In another bowl weigh out the flour then sift this into the creamed butter and sugar. Fold it into the mixture with a tablespoon.

5. Add 2 tbsp of milk to the mixture and finally add the chocolate chips. Mix in the chocolate chips so that they are evenly distributed in the mixture. Then put into the preheated oven to bake for 20 mins. After 15 mins turn the tray around so thay all bake evenly.

6. You will know when they are baked as they will have a golden brown colour and spring back when gently touched

7. Eat warm straight from the oven or leave to cool on a cooling rack and then transfer to an airtight box to store.

These taste better the longer you leave them.

Old-Fashioned Rock Cakes

These are a British Classic which get their name from their rock like appearance. I was first introduced to these during my very first cooking lessons at school and I have been making them ever since. They are so quick and easy to make and are the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea.

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Yield: 6 cakes

Ingredients:

  • 225g Self-raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 113g Margarine
  • 100g packet of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 57g sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1tbsp Milk plus a little extra for the top
  • Demerera sugar for the topping (optional)

Method:

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Then using your finger tips rub the margarine into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Heat the oven to 180°c
  2. Using a wooden spoon mix the sugar and salt into the breadcrumb like mixture and then add in the chocolate chips. Mix in the beaten egg and then add 1 tbsp milk.
  3. With your hands, take small heaps of the dough and place on a lined baking tray. Brush with a little milk and add some demerara sugar on top. Bake in the oven for 15 mins until cooked and golden.

Notes: Traditionally these are made with dried fruit but you can put in any flavouring you like. I added chocolate chips because that’s what I like best.

 

Original recipe from http://scullerymaidsblog.com/2011/old-fashioned-rock-cakes/