Fat Rascals

Clare Chambers


Fat Rascals are a cross between scones and rock-cakes. They were originally called turf cakes and were cooked in bakeries from the days leftovers in Elizabethan times. You can find many recipes for them online, some of which have over 25 ingredients. I, however, feel they taste at their best in their simplest form. They are a quick and simple to make tea-time treat, which are popular with friends and family alike.

You will notice I simmer the raisins before adding to the mix. this helps to ensure they do not burn in the oven and remain moist and plump during cooking.

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15 Min
15 Min


4 oz
butter, cold
8 oz
self rising flour
1 pinch
2 oz
caster sugar
3 oz
4 Tbsp
sugar cubes

How to Make Fat Rascals


  • 1Preheat oven to 190C and lightly grease a baking tray or line a baking tray with non-sticking lining.
  • 2Put the raisins into a small saucepan and cover with water. bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. leave to one side.
  • 3Rub or cut the butter into the sifted flour and salt. Add the sugar and drain the raisins and add to the butter/flour mix. Add the milk and combine to a soft dough.
  • 4Using a desert or soup spoon, dollop mix into approximately 12 even mounds on the baking tray.
  • 5Put the sugar cubes into a bowl and crush into shards - I use the end of my rolling pin for this. Sprinkle on top of fat rascals.
  • 6Place baking tray in the middle of the oven for approximately 12 - 15 minutes. Until just turning golden brown at the edges.
  • 7Cool on a wire rack.......... try not to eat them when they are still too hot, but they are wonderful warm and fresh out of the oven.

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About Fat Rascals

Course/Dish: Cakes, Cookies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: English
Other Tag: Quick & Easy