Air Fryer Rock Buns

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Air Fryer Rock Buns. Delicious old school rock cakes just like Grandma used to cook. Loaded with dried fruit and raisins these rock buns are a baker’s dream.

Air Fryer Rock Buns
Rock Buns

If you love to see the history behind a classic recipe, then you will love my rock buns with their air fryer make over!

Today would have been my Grandma’s 89th birthday if she had been still alive to be able to celebrate it.

Sadly, she died nearly 19 years ago from a fatal asthma attack. At the time I was 18 and me and Dominic had just set up home together.

She had asthma for as long as I remember.

As a child I remember her getting out of breath just playing with me in the park. Throughout my teens she would be carrying with her a huge oxygen tank.

BUT she always had a smile on her face and was an incredible grandma. She was everything a true grandma should be.

Always there for you no matter what, super patient, always offering her words of wisdom, always putting you first, playing with you, hugging you and of course doing all those grandma things with you too.

One of which was baking.

We used to bake together on the Friday and then on the weekend we would comfort eat what we had made, along with having a picnic in the park with my grandad.

My Grandma was amazing when it came to baking. She would use a huge bowl similar in size to a sink bowl and we would spend the whole day baking.

I remember making bacon and egg pie, Shrewsbury biscuits, coconut biscuits and of course rock buns.

I asked my mum this summer what her favourite were and she always said her rock buns.

It was at that moment that I thought it would be perfect to share my Grandma Kitty’s Rock Buns with you on what would have been her birthday.

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So happy 89th birthday Grandma and here is a modern take on your amazing rock buns recipe.

Rock Buns In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Rock Buns

Firstly, can you imagine what our grandparents generation would make of the air fryer? That this kitchen gadget would make baking so much easier and how crispy it would make our food?

The only kitchen gadget I remember my Grandma having was a manual pressure cooker and even with that, we had more food on the ceiling than we did on our plates.

How To Make Rock Buns In The Air Fryer

Rock buns is one of the easiest air fryer baking recipes that you will ever find. This is probably why our grandmas who were always super busy, always managed to do so much baking.

You start by rubbing the fat into the flour and sugar. Just like you would if you were making scones.

Air Fryer Rock Buns

Next on the agenda is to mix in fruit of choice. We went with orange and lemon rind and juice and different raisins.

Though of course they are your rock buns, so you can choose what goes into your rock buns recipe. Plus I love mine with a little honey so this has been added to my rock buns dough.

Air Fryer Rock Buns

Afterwards you can use egg and milk as your binding agent and make it into cute little scone shapes.

Air Fryer Rock Buns

Then they are ready for the air fryer. The air fryer crisps them up perfectly and cooks the dough in the middle at the same time.

Trust me when I say you and your kids will be fighting over the last rock bun!

Air Fryer Rock Buns

Easy and quick air fryer rock buns. Just like how grandma used to cook them. Loaded with raisins this classic baking treat is a keeper.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 8
Calories: 270kcal



  • Place the flour, sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and rub the fat into the flour.
  • Add the raisins and honey.
  • Using a good grater add the lemon and orange rind. Chop them both in half and squeeze the juice from them both into the bowl too.
  • Using a fork give it a good mix.
  • Crack the egg in and mix it again.
  • Add milk a little bit at a time until you have a soft dough.
  • Make the dough into small to medium sized scone shapes.
  • Place in the air fryer inside the grill pan and cook at 180c/360f for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.


You can do little or large scone sizes. We went with small to medium and this made us 8 rock buns. If you can use a good quality citrus zester. Otherwise you could be a bloody mess! We find the way to make the least amount of mess baking in the air fryer is to either use a baking mat that fits onto your air fryer basket or to get an air fryer grill pan.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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