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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Rock Bun is one of Jamaica’s favourite snacks, especially on the go. It is versatile too! You can have it with cheese, jam, milk, you name it! It is one of the first pastries that Jamaican kids learn to make in high school home economics classes.
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Maybe you knew how to make it before, but you forgot a few steps or you’ve never seen this sweet treat and would love to try it. Either way, here is a quick and simple recipe for Jamaican Rock Buns.
Allow your rock cakes to cool and then enjoy, with a slice of cheese, a cup of milk (if you are in Jamaica, a cup of Lasco) or on its own. Be sure to save some for tomorrow as well.
1. Where did rock buns originate?
This pastry originated in Great Britain as is still a very popular item at tea time in many homes. Rock Buns are also called Rock Cakes in some areas of Great Britain. Because Jamaica was once under British rule, many of our pastries come from or are inspired by English delights.
They were especially popular during WW2 since they required fewer eggs, milk and sugar than other pastries.
2. Why are rock cakes called rock cakes?
They are called just that because of their shape, look and texture. They are hard, crumbly and resemble regular rocks.
3. What is the difference between rock buns and scones?
While they do look similar, they are actually quite different. First of all, the rock cake’s dough is stiffer and the cakes are smaller. A scone’s dough is gently rolled out and then cut into shapes before it is baked.
4. Why are my rock cakes dry?
There are quite a few reasons your rock cakes might be dry.
5. Should I use plain or self-raising flour in my rock bun dough?
Plain, all-purpose flour should be used. Remember you’ll be adding baking powder in your mixture, so there is no need for self-raising flour.
6. How are rock buns stored?
Rock buns can be kept in an airtight container for up to a week, however, they are best had by the third day. They can also be frozen and reheated whenever you need them.
I hope this answered all your questions and you feel confident in your abilities to make Jamaican Rock Buns. Happy baking!
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