Cranberry Christmas Rockies

Cranberries and apples combine to make a delicious sweet treat. They are a classic combination and it’s ideal for the festive season.

They are best eaten within a couple of days after they are baked. Though I don’t think they will last that long! Sprinkled lavishly with icing sugar, who could possibly resist them?


This recipe is from GoodFood Magazine by BBC Books. Makes about 8 large or 16 small pieces.


PREP: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 20 minutes


50 g unsalted butter

100 g self-raising flour

1 tsp ground mixed spice

50 g light muscovado sugar

85 g dried cranberries

1 small apple, cored, peeled and finely diced

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp milk

Icing sugar, to dust


Preheat the oven to 180 C. Lightly oil a large non-stick baking sheet.

Rub the butter and flour together with your fingertips until they are like fine breadcrumbs (or pulse in a food processor).

Stir in the rest of the ingredients (except the icing sugar) until you have a soft dough.

Drop 8 tablespoons or 16 heaped teaspoons on to the baking sheet, spacing out well. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and dust with plenty of icing sugar.

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Hi. I am Padma and I am passionate about delicious food. Food is amazing in that it can take you to another place and time in your life just by the taste, smell and touch. Even a photograph evokes memories that lie dormant within us. I still remember a coconut candy that I used to eat as a child. Even though it’s not available now, I clearly remember the taste. It takes me back to my childhood pleasures as nothing else can. Being Indian, my palate is so used to spices. I started experimenting by mixing spices with European and other Western cuisines. The result is truly delicious. I love trying out different spices with different recipes. Sometimes I use the powder and sometimes I grind the spices with other herbs, onions, etc in the blender. The result is quite spectacular – a lovely fusion of the East and West. I hope you like my recipes and are inspired enough to try out a few of them. I would love to hear back from you. You can contact me at

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