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Baking scones 
3rd-Apr-2008 02:40 pm
Super Food Ideas is my favorite food magazine in Oz. Has been since I started uni here, cuz everything listed was available at almost every supermarket. No foie gras or truffles in this little publication. So when I saw the latest issues when I arrived, I pounced on it like a rabid dog on a 2 year old kid dressed in a bone marrow dress.

This issue is a gem. It has a couple of really classic recipes, including crêpes (basic and a bunch of ways you can serve it), macaroni and cheese, frittata, mushroom risotto, ANZAC biscuits, key lime pie, New York cheesecake...

But what I really wanted to make were the scones.

Scones and tea with jam and butter make for a great EGL tea party, wouldn't it?

To be absolutely honest, I am a totally shit baker.
Cupcakes will sink, cakes will fail to rise, drop cookies will become wafer thin and muffins will turn to stone. It's all very biblical and I happen to be Anti-Moses.

But I figured that my using a recipe requiring only 4 ingredients shouldn't cause the next World War. And we already had most of them:

3.5 cups self-raising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch of salt
60 gms butter, chopped
1.5 cups buttermilk (I substituted with skim milk)

After mixing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, the chunks of butter is rubbed into the flour mixture until they resemble breadcrumbs. The liquid is added and the mixture is kneaded on a lightly floured surface. However, I found the dough to be a little too sticky and ended up kneading in about another cup of flour to get a workable dough that didn't stick too much to my hands or the surface. The dough is cut into 3cm/1.2" high discs of 5cm diameter (this should give you about 16 scones). I just used a small glass tumbler to cut the flattened dough.

Laying them just touching each other in a greased square pan will allow them to rise in a traditional style, that's easier to break again in portions later. Baking in a 200°C/392°F oven for about 15 minutes does them perfectly.

The scones turned out quite yummy. A little denser than a sponge cake, but definitely not the biscuit rock-hard type of scone you might find in some cafes. This is a great base recipe for an assortment of flavoured scones. I might try a savoury one with cheese and herbs next time.

So who wants to come around for tea?
3rd-Apr-2008 05:33 am (UTC)
YUMMY!! -attempts to eat it off the screen- Darn it, if only plane tickets cost $3 and I can drop by for tea. ;o;
3rd-Apr-2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Actually, Airasia flies the Gold Coast-KL... but they definitely won't be $3 a ticket. (^_^;)
3rd-Apr-2008 05:59 am (UTC)
looks yummy! Food Ideas is my fave food mag too XD Buy it every issue !! <3
3rd-Apr-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Wonder if the other mags are any good, like delicious...
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3rd-Apr-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's so easy, it's amazing! I'm still looking for the really light and fluffy scone recipe though.
3rd-Apr-2008 11:24 am (UTC)
My gosh, it looks delicious!

And thanks for posting the recipe. Methinks I shall give it a try. Considering how your experiences with baking tend to sound quite like mine (I burn cookies, yes), I'm sure I might be able to do it if you can. :3
3rd-Apr-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
It is, especially when hot out of the oven and slathered with butter and jam.

No problem! It's so simple, anyone can make it.
3rd-Apr-2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
looks yummy too! how interesting, nic's gonna bake scones tmr, cuz we're going on a picnic XD i hope her scones will be a success
3rd-Apr-2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Nic's a good baker, so she shouldn't have any problem with scones. (^_-)-☆
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