Fat Rascals

Written by  //  March 4, 2015  //  Cakes and Biscuits, Recipes  //  4 Comments


March 4th


If you have ever been to York or Harrogate you may have heard of Betty’s Teashops.  They are traditional, some would say old fashioned cafe cum teashop, the waitresses all wear black skirts and wear white frilly aprons.  The cafe was first opened in Harrogate in 1919 by a Swiss gentleman called Frederick Belmont.  One of their specialities is a cake called a Fat Rascal.  Fat rascals are a cross between a rock bun and a scone, they are fat and they look like faces, can you see the two cherries for eyes and the almonds for teeth?  This fat rascal has a crooked tooth. The recipe should yield 6 rascals but I made 8 and they were still big and fat.  I saw this recipe on a website called Lavender and Lovage.  Karen who writes this blog also follows the 5:2 diet so if you need any recipes look no further.

Fat Rascals
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A tea time treat loaded with fruit, perfect with a cup of coffee.
Recipe type: Cakes
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 125g cold butter, bashed between two sheets of cling film to make it easier to rub in. Or cube it.
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Grated zest of an orange
  • Grated zest of a lemon
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 150g mixed fruit, raisins, sultanas and currants in equal measures.
  • 1 large free range egg beaten
  • 4 or 5 tbsp of milk
  • Topping
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with a tbsp of water.
  • Glace cherries and blanched almonds.
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C, 400F, or gas 6
  2. Sieve both flours and the baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub in.
  4. Add the sugar, grated peel, spices and the dried fruit, mix well.
  5. Add the egg and enough milk to make a soft dough.
  6. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. I used an ice cream scoop.
  7. Glaze with the egg and water mixture then decorate with cherries and almonds.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes till golden brown
  9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.


4 Comments on "Fat Rascals"

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    Kathleen March 4, 2015 at 21:18 · Reply

    I am,sure I would enjoy these cakes

    • marietait34
      marietait34 March 4, 2015 at 21:21 · Reply

      If you like rock buns you will like Fat Rascals.

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    Anne March 4, 2015 at 22:47 · Reply

    Was never fond of rock buns found them a bit dry , + the fact I’m not allowed them lol xx

    • marietait34
      marietait34 March 5, 2015 at 11:17 · Reply

      They are like scones, perfect when they are fresh, a bit dry the following day. They can be refreshed in the oven or microwave or just put butter on them.

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