Saturday, 23 November 2013

Scones

 I have been going through some renovations lately that seem to have dragged on and on.  The house is still undercover - it feels like Miss Haversham's from Great Expectations! Very Halloween, except enough is enough - I'm tired with it all now, the constant cleaning so the mess doesn't get walked all around the house, workers in and out.  Its annoying having to flip up the sheets every time you want to find something.  This was the case the other day.  I flipped up a sheet annoyingly and down plopped a book, very random! The Commonsense Cookery Book. First published in 1914 (although my book is relatively new).  Its a very plain book no pictures or photos and few diagrams. The black ribbon marker was neatly pressed inside the book and when I opened it at the page the receipe was for scones - plain and simple. So scones it was.

Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 tablespoons or 60g buter or margarine
1 cup of milk


What to do

Preheat the oven in readiness - it needs to be hot.
Grease or flour a baking tray
Sift flour and salt together
Melt butter and make up to 1 cup liquid with milk (keeping the rest of the milk in reserve for glazing)
Mix ingredients into a soft dough
Turn onto a floured board - knead lightly and quickly
Roll out to approx 2cm thick and cut with a round cutter 4.5cm makes about 12
Place on the greased tray and brush with milk
Cook quickly 8-10 minutes in a hot oven 230-260C
Cool on a tray and resist not breaking them open there and then!

They can be served with jam and whipped cream for the traditional English afternoon tea or a generous spread of butter or just nude!

Sending this off to Belleau Kitchen for November Random Recipe Challenge

14 comments:

  1. Sometimes when your living in daily chaos a simple recipe is best, and your scones look perfect :-)

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  2. Thanks Jude, simple was certainly the course for the day! Uggh when will it be over!

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  3. Great looking colour on those scones, they look great. I empathise with the chaos misery, I hated the constant cleaning when we were having work done - it does seem endless. GG

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    1. Thanks GG, I was quite happy with them, it was the only thing that went right that day.

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  4. Hope the renovations are over soon - I'm sure these gorgeous scones will be a good antidote to the chaos. Look at the rise on them!

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    1. They should have been over by now if we didn't have to restump half the house in the middle of what was suppose to have been a straight forward bathroom reno!

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  5. Good luck with the renovations! the scones look gorgeous - they've risen so beautifully!
    Mary x

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    1. Thanks Mary these scones did put a smile on my face.

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  6. So the work is still going on at your house? That does seem to have been going on for quite a while I can imagine you're very sick of the mess. That cookbook is excellent and yes, filled with lots of common sense. And I love how you use a scone cutter - so neat! xx

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  7. Yes and I hope its finished before Christmas by now I would have started my Christmas prep but this year I can't even consider it yet. That cookbook is quite a gem really.

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  8. LOOK at the size of those scones - they are amazing, and I could dive right in with some butter and jam or even some clotted cream! Lovely! Karen

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  9. I know I was quite proud of myself and knocked over a couple straight from the oven!

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  10. I could do with one of those now - jam first of course, then the cream!

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  11. Trouble is they are so good I can't restrict myself to two!

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