New Recipe: We made fat rascals for first time and recipe was similar to scones but easier

We had never heard of fat rascals, let alone tasted one, until they featured on ITV’s hit television show This Morning.

Curious by their name, not to mention their peculiar decoration, SurreyLive had to give them a try, after all they are a cross between a scone and a rock cake – and we love both.

Originating from Yorkshire, the British delicacy is topped with a smile made up of two glacé cherry halves for eyes and three almonds to create a smile.

Instagram baker @cakeontherun has given the traditional bun a quick and easy twist with her all-in-one method.

She uses just one glacé cherry half to turn the classic face decoration upside down into a cute paw print. Plus her simple recipe can be made vegan by using apple sauce instead of eggs.

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Fat rascal recipe (makes 5)


  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g margarine
  • 3 tbsp any sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple puree or 1 egg
  • 1-2 handful any dried fruit
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 glacé cherries and 15 almonds


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/ 400F/ gas mark 6.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon so the mixture clumps together and forms a dough.
  3. Line an oven-proof tray with baking paper/parchment and tear of bits of the dough to create five flattened balls. They don’t need to look perfect as they are supposed to look rustic.
  4. Pop them on the tray and oven bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Eat them warm as they are or serve with butter or jam.

Fat rascals fresh from the oven
Enjoy fat rascals fresh from the oven

Food swaps and flavourings

You can use any of the ingredients below to flavour your buns.

  • Orange zest
  • Lemon zest
  • Nutmeg
  • Mixed spice
  • Ginger
  • Dried cherries
  • Mixed peel
  • Sultanas, currants, raisins

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