Recipe: Clodagh McKenna’s rock buns

Recipe: Clodagh McKenna’s 12 rock buns

Clodagh’s taking us back to her childhood with one of her favourite family recipes; The delicious Clodagh McKenna rock buns

Crunchy, crumbly rock buns are the perfect accompaniment to those precious five minutes to yourself.

Recipe: Clodagh McKenna's rock buns
Recipe for Clodagh McKenna’s 12 rock buns – Clodagh McKenna rock buns

Rock buns

Makes: 12


220g/1 cup plain /all-purpose flour

2 tsps of baking powder

110g / ¼Ib butter, cubed and chilled

110g / ½ cup light brown sugar

80g / ½ cup of any of these dried fruits – sultanas, raisins, cranberries, dates, figs, orange peel

½ tsp of ground nutmeg

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

1 egg

A little milk


Sprinkle of brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 200oC/400F/Gas 6
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl
  • Using your fingers rub the cubed chilled butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs or blend them together in a food processor. Next stir in the sugar, dried fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Lightly whisk the egg with a little milk and mix it into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork to a stiff mixture.
  • Flour a baking tray/sheet and place the mixture in rough heaps, about a dessertspoon for each bun
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the buns and a little cinnamon if you like
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden on top
  • Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack

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