Is it a scone? Is it a Bun? Is it a rock cake?
No, its a Fat Rascal!
Along with roly-poly pudding, surely the name of this Yorkshire classic is the best in baking?
The Betty's recipe for Fat Rascals, arguably the best, is a very closely guarded secret. Not even the combined efforts of James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Mary Berry could possibly guess the original recipe.
I've taken on this challenge however! With just a little help from Google and many a consumption of the Betty's version over the years.
This is what they should look like.
But, the million dollar question (or indeed the £1.45 question, as that is how much they currently retail at) is, did it taste like the real thing?
It was a pretty good homemade version was the verdict.
This also makes a rather tasty Bonfire snack. Really, this weekend, while out and about celebrating Guy Fawkes, Sparklers and Catherine Wheels all you really need is several a warm inner layer, a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a portable, sturdy snack.
Happy Bonfire Night!
125g plain flour
125g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g unsalted butter, softened
85g caster sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grounded nutmeg
120g mixed dried fruit
60g mixed peel
Zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
80ml soured cream or double cream
To decorate: 1 beaten egg, glacé cherries and blanched whole almonds to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/400F/Gas 6. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
2. Sieve the flours into a nice large bowl and stir in the baking powder
3. Dice the softened butter and rub into the flours with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
4. Add the sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, spices, dried fruit, peel and mix until well combined
5. Stir in the cream and the beaten egg until the mixtures comes together as a dough. Using your hands form six rascals from the dough and place on the baking tray
6. To decorate: Brush the second beaten egg over the top of the rascals and top with the glacé cherries and blanched almonds.
7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden-brown
- Do keep a close eye on the rascals in the last few minutes of baking as they can singe very easily
- I spent one whole Christmas season working in Bettys. I often think of it as the highlight of my career thus far
- These are delicious warm from the oven but keep in an airtight container for a day or two