The Great ‘Britain Does Vintage’ Bake Off

Here at Britain Does Vintage HQ we are not the best cooks in the world, in fact we struggle to get a jelly to set! So we are searching high and low for some fabulous cooks to feature on our blog… and in our magazine. If you can give Fanny Craddock a run for her money, get in touch, we’d LOVE to hear from you!

In the meantime here’s Grandma Doris’ Ration Rock Bun Recipe


During WW2 and into the early 1950s, housewives in Britain had to cope with feeding their families on rationed food. Recently, Claire found her Grandma Doris’ recipe book and it’s full of very simple, but tasty traditional treats that she made for her family when food was on ration. The first in her book was the Rock Cake (otherwise known as Rock Buns). Our tip – make on a rainy day with the children and show them how easy cooking really can be! (they aren’t too bad on the waist either!)

Rock Buns

200g/80oz – Self Raising Flour plus add a pinch of salt.
100g/4oz – Margarine
100g/4oz – Sugar
75g/3oz – Currants
25g/1oz – Mixed peel
1 egg
Milk to mix

The dried fruit can be varied – you can add 400g/4oz of any type of dried fruit.

Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius

1. Mix flour, salt and rub in the margarine.
2. Stir in the sugar, currants and peel.
3. Mix to a stiff crumbly dough with the egg. If you think it’s a bit dry then you can add a small drop of milk.
4. Place in rough heaps on a greased baking tray.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Tadaaaa……you have yourself a yummy (and healthy) teatime treat!

Why not serve warm with a little butter and a lovely cuppa while you watch Fanny show us how to throw a fabulous cheese and wine party!

We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories!  Alex and Sam x

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