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Hagrid’s Rock Cakes with Mixed Dried Fruits

by Adina 29/11/2016 5 comments

Hagrid's Rock Cakes

A better version of Hagrid’s rock cakes, soft and sweet, full of good stuff like sultanas, dried apricots, prunes and cranberries and ready within 30 minutes.

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Hagrid’s rock cakes are mentioned quite a few times in several of the Harry Potter books but never in a positive manner. For instance, Harry almost broke a tooth once, while biting on one of the gamekeeper’s cakes. Unlike Hagrid’s probably over baked rock cakes, these cakes are deliciously soft and tender, the only thing they have in common with actual rocks are their looks… Otherwise just sweet, soft, somewhat crumbly delight, not only something for the children, but for those grown-ups with a serious sweet tooth as well (I am thinking here of my dear mother-in-law, who could not stop eating these cakes…). And another great thing about these cakes: they can be made from scratch and baked within 30 minutes.

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This is the last recipe of this Harry Potter series, I hope you enjoyed the recipes. And the end of the series makes me realize this is the end of another month, of November, that means almost the end of the year. I know this is such a cliché, but where did this year go? Time flies way too fast and getting older makes it fly even faster. The kids feel like the time stretches forever from August, when they both have their birthdays, to Christmas, when it is presents time again. For me, it is just like: how can it get from hot summer to bitter cold in such a short time… My husband’s grandmother is 96 years old and she once said that her life seems to fly from one Christmas to another in a matter of days…

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But enough depressing thoughts for one morning, the bright side of being almost December is Christmas indeed, the best time of the year. I love Christmas, I’ve always did, it is the one thing that makes winter bearable. I am enjoying the Advent Sundays and I cannot wait for those pre-Christmas days full of preparations and anticipation, the joy of the kids on the morning of the Christmas Eve, their impatience during the Christmas Eve dinner, their happiness of finally finding their presents under the Christmas tree and then the following, more relaxed Christmas day full of delicious food, laughter and laziness. 🙂

And if you are looking for some nice Christmas dinner/lunch ideas stay tuned, I have some for you during the next two weeks. 🙂 Until then enjoy Hagrid’s soft rock cakes! By the way, the source of this recipe is Delia Online, the only recipe I found not needing self-raising flour, which is unavailable here. But it is a great recipe, so I am glad I’ve found it!

And if you would like to have a look at other Harry Potter inspired recipes, here they are:

Hagrid’s Rockcakes with Mixed Dried Fruits 

English Chicken and Ham Pie 

Fruit Mince Pies with Homemade Mince Pie Filling

Moist Chocolate Gateau or Cake with Chocolate Cream Filling

Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Pasties

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Hagrid's Rock Cakes

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Serves: 10-12

rock cake Hagrids Rock Cakes with Mixed Dried Fruits
A better version of Hagrid's rock cakes, soft and sweet, full of good stuff like sultanas, dried apricots, prunes and cranberries and ready within 30 minutes.
  • 350 g/ 12.3 oz/ 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder (I use Dr. Oetker)
  • 175 g/ 6.2 oz/ ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ¼ freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ level teaspoon allspice
  • 175 g/ 6.2 oz/ 1.5 sticks butter, soft
  • 125 g/ 4.4 oz mixed dried fruits (I used sultanas, prunes and apricots)
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, nutmeg and allspice. Rub in the soft butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Chop the larger dried fruits into small pieces. Stir all the fruit into the flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the egg lightly with a fork. Add it to the flour-butter mixture and stir until a stiff dough is formed.
  5. Break larger amounts of the dough from the mixture with your hands and place them on the baking tray. They don't have to be smooth or regular, they should resemble rocks in the end, so be sure you have some irregular, spiky heaps on the tray.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes, than transfer to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Store airtight.

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Monica 29/11/2016 - 16:08

I know, time is flying and each year, it goes faster and faster! How fun is your Harry Potter series! I love those books so much. These rock cakes are so fun – love that they are soft versions. December is my favorite month as well…looking forward to seeing what you cook up!

Dawn @ Girl Heart Food 29/11/2016 - 18:33

I really love Christmas too and time does fly by pretty fast. I was just saying to hubby the other night that it seemed like only yesterday we mailed Christmas cards and now it’s that time again! Harry Potter is another favourite of mine and these cookies look really tasty…love the dried fruits in there and the name is super cute!!

Anca 30/11/2016 - 18:54

They look great. You don’t have self-raising flour in Germany? That is so strange. I love having all the types of flour to chose from. You can add more baking powder and it works. The self-raising has 2 additional raising agents.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 30/11/2016 - 21:31

Oh I LOVE Harry Potter!! And I adore Hagrid!!! So these rock cakes are seriously making me swoon!!! I totally need to try these. PRONTO!!! LOVE it, girl! Cheers!

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 02/12/2016 - 10:43

Wow! What a lovely Potter series, Adina. I love those books so much. Love how delicious and fun these rock cakes are. Also adore love that they are soft versions. PS: We also don’t get self-raising flour here in Finland! 🙂


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