Sunday is the night my family comes to dinner and I try to cook something special. I never have any photos because they eat everything and it is such a rush to get it ready. Tonight we had roast beef with Yorkshire puddings and gravy. Roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes and steamed beans. Dessert was that old favourite, apple crumble.
Cooking is so much part of who I am I forget that lots of other people don't cook, including my daughters-in -law who come for lessons. I had a visitor at morning tea time so I quickly cooked some scones while we were talking. "How did you do that?" was the surprised response from my friend. But it is so easy. Here are some tips.
If I only have one or two people I only make a small batch. I start by lighting my oven on a hot temperature and have the rack at the top of the oven.
The ingredients are;
1 cup of Self Raising Flour and 1 tablespoon of icing sugar sifted together.
1 table spoon of butter melted in the microwave and mixed with just under a half cup of milk.
Pour this into the flour mixture and mix with a table knife until the mixture holds together. It should be just sticking to the bowl and be tacky to touch.
Put flour on your bench and flour your hands. Turn out the mixture and knead lightly.
Press out with your fingers till it is about 1cm thick.
I use a small floured cutter so that the scones will cook quickly and round off each one as it is cut. (This mixture makes about 6 scones.)
These are put close together on a sheet of bake paper on a scone tray and glazed with a little milk.
I now turn my oven down to about 210 degrees Centigrade or 420 F and put my tray on the top shelf.
They take about 12 mins to cook.
Melting the butter isn't as good a rubbing it in but it is quick and not as messy and if you are going to eat them straight away you won't know the difference.
Oh! and week 18's design is up as well. A busy day.