Tuesday, 12 January 2021

The (Usually) Failsafe Scone Recipe

I discovered some more recent comments on the "Where have you lived? " post and found  a Jane who had lived in Knodishall and Saxmundham at the same time as  we were at the smallholding on the edge of Knodishall and just two miles from Saxmundham - now that's a small world for sure! I wonder if she ever bought her eggs and vegetables from our stall out the front?

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Do you know the thing I'm most fed up with in this 3rd lockdown? It's constantly being told how other people are behaving! I really don't want to know. There's only one person I can be responsible for and that's me.

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Didn't realise that my scone recipe wasn't on the Recipe page until I mentioned squirty cream and Carruthers mentioned buying scones and I said home made were better!

 This is the recipe that I made regularly to sell at the country market. I used to do 1½ times this which made 7 large scones. Packed in 2's to sell and 1 left over for the cook!

Apologies I don't do metric unless I have to!

 PLAIN SCONES

Pre-Heat the oven to Gas 7 (425F 220C 200C fan oven). They need to go in a really well heated oven or they'll flop.

Grease a flat oven tray.

Tips - use  cold butter in a cold bowl with cold milk

8oz SR Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
2 oz  cold butter, cut into chunks
2 oz caster sugar
¼ pint milk.
Beaten egg 
 
By hand or in a mixer rub butter into flour, stir in sugar. Add the milk a little at a time until it all comes together - you might not need all the milk, don't make it too wet. Handle the mix as little as possible. Roll out without pressing too hard to about half an inch or a wee bit more. Use a small or medium cutter, this will make about 7 small or 4 bigger scones.
Put them on the greased tray then brush carefully with the egg, try not to get the egg running over the edge of the scone as that stops them rising evenly.

In my oven Gas Mk 7 I set the timer for 8 minutes, then turn the tray round and give them another 3 minutes then check again - maybe a minute or two  more. ( Back to electric oven when I move so will have to re-learn all the temperatures)

Scones, homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream - what a treat! (these are small sized cutter)

 
 
I always use the rest of the beaten egg to make a scrambled egg sandwich for lunch, so it doesn't get wasted. 

Back Tomorrow
Sue

45 comments:

  1. My pet hate too is listening to how other people are behaving, it was once again all over the news today. Those scones look delicious, I am a great fan of scone.

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    1. Difficult to avoid the media going on and on and on again about all those breaking rules. BORING!

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  2. Thank you for the reminder, I will make scones today.

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  3. Now, if only I wasn't on a diet... xx

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    1. I really daren't weigh myself - I know it will be a shock!

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  4. My Mum made beautiful scones, me not so beautiful. Can't beat a plain, fruit, or a cheese scone. No time here for all the fancy flavoured ones, although I have given some a go.

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    1. Picked up lots of tips from the experts at the country markets which was handy .

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  5. Regarding where we lived... Didn't I read somewhere that we're all seven acquaintanceships away from knowing everyone in the world?

    I know what you mean about behaviour. The media always want to attract our attention by trying to get us annoyed. Millions of people lying low isn't annoying so it's not 'newsworthy'.

    Thanks for the scones recipe! I've written it down for future use!

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    1. I'm one of the millions staying in as much as poss - I want to be featured on the news too!! (Not really)

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  6. Your scones look delicious.
    Hazel c uk ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

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  7. They do look delicious.

    What annoys me about this pandemic is people saying it’s not really that bad, hospitals are no fuller than usual, don’t believe the news, the lockdowns are to scare us, the vaccines aren’t safe...and yes people socializing more than they should...oh an those who don’t wear a mask. A mask protects others more than it protects you...what does that say?

    Lovely scones again.

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    1. Jeeeez Traveller, any opportunity to peddle your bitter rhetoric. Sue has taken the time and trouble of posting a really useful article, and you go and screw it up. You really are the pits. As you know, you don't get a look in on my blog, your garbage is only fit for the bin.

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    2. It's OK Ilona I'm quite able to speak for myself thanks!

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  8. Oh my, those scones do look good. Yummmm!

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    1. They are, but rarely made nowadays - too tempting

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  9. My mum also made great scones. I use her recipe but don't make them very often as I will, of course, eat them all! Her recipe is the same as yours but we never brushed with egg so does not include the egg.

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    1. I guess the egg bit is only for looking good when selling them

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  10. Do you use a kitchen scale to measure some of the ingredients? Here in Canada our recipes aren't written in this way, only by cups (of flour) etc. I think I'd like to make these scones!

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    1. Yes we still use scales here for weighing - I've never had a proper set of Cups for measuring

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    2. Miss Kim this may help you convert the recipe to make it. http://allrecipes.co.uk/how-to/44/cooking-conversions.aspx

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  11. I love both savoury and sweet scones.....yum.

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  12. Love scones! I must try your recipe. Here in rural Pennsylvania we don't have caster sugar or clotted cream. I will have to make both, but that is hardly a bother.
    I try very hard not to listen to news on the telly or radio, I don't listen to political podcasts, I try to go as original source as I can and just get facts, I do my own evaluation. Even so, somehow I still hear the "you wouldn't believe what Susie did yesterday....I saw her without her mask at the store..." It is just hard to get away from it.

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    1. As you say it's hard to avoid the tales of what people are doing to break the rules. I try not to take much notice if I can

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  13. Your scones look delicious. I'll try those. I made speckled biscotti late Sunday. So delicious. Portion of it was given to my daughter in law a part of gift for her bday this week. With tea as well. Its worth the effort for sure. I husband likes it as well without tea.

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  14. Until March, we used to have a monthly "High Tea-Low Church" event at church, when other folk [both men and women] produced fabulous scones, accompanied by bowls of clotted cream, fresh butter and homemade jams. [as well as sandwiches, cakes and other finger foods] How I have missed those happy occasions, sitting round chatting and eating, then singing lots of old hymns. Lack of opportunities for socialising , "fellowship" and strengthening of friendships are certainly one of the hardest aspects of this pandemic. Lets hope we're all here today, for scones tomorrow!!

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    1. There's a small URC church in the village I'm moving to it's linked to the bigger one in Stowmarket. I've been to a coffee morning there - hope to join in when things get going again. The Methodist chapel in the next along village where Col's Dad went all his life is unlikely to reopen after lockdowns which is sad as it was such a friendly building - only a few people went but it was a nice place to be.

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  15. Not only did I buy eggs and veg, it was me who bought (and still misses) the Pink Fir Apple potatoes you grew one year. Possibly the best tasting salad potato I have ever eaten. We lived near the church and used to walk down on a Saturday to buy eggs fresh for Sunday breakfast.
    I don't think I ever met you, but I certainly heard you on Radio Suffolk a few times.

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    1. I loved doing those bits on Mark Murphys programme and would have carried on but they changed the times and wanted me to be up at 6am to talk to someone else when presenters changed and I said no - a bit too early!

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  16. Scones are something I should be able to make regularly even while I'm on rations as the fat ratio is so low ... phew. :-)

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    1. Yes an ounce of butter would do you enough mini scones for a few days. I reckon a sponge would be a rarity.

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  17. I'm so happy you wrote this post. I have been wanting to try my hand at making scones. Do you know I have never even eaten them. We Americans have cheated ourselves out of a lot of good things! We measure ingredients by cups here so I will see if I can find an online translation of your measurements to the ones we use so I can use your recipe. Thank you Sue!

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  18. Thanks for sharing this! I have been wanting to try to make scones for quite some time, so maybe this is the recipe I need to try!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

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  19. I'm always up for a scone. I had to practise with a number of recipes before getting them to work in the "new country". The flour is milled differently and my trusted English recipes don't always work. Sensible words on the Covid news overload.

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  20. Many years ago my Rayburn scone were delicious. Never got them quite so good since.

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  21. I always brush my scones with egg and use the leftovers for a lunch time sandwich. We are obviously on the same wavelength!

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  22. I always use an egg in my scones, but they dont look half as good as yours. I wonder if that's why?

    I love a scone with jam and cream. In fact I think my favourite ever treat is afternoon tea. Really looking forward to that indulgence in a not too distant future.

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  23. I don't have self rising flour here so I am going to look up how to make my own. Once that is done I am going to give this recipe a try. Your scones look so good.

    God bless.

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  24. Tip, save all the egg for your lunch and brush with milk, just as good. Now I need to make scones!

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