Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Deb14's Scones and other heart shaped foods
Yesterday I finally made Deb14's "Original traditional English scone". I had to look up conversions for how many cups of flour is 8 oz (1 cup!) and how much butter is 2 oz (1/4 cup!), and I added my own little heart-shaped touch. These scones have been a huge hit and I had to chase people out of the kitchen yesterday before the whole batch was eaten. Thanks Deb14!
Here's her recipe, in her own words:
8oz Self Raising Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2oz margarine or butter
5 tablespoons milk
2oz sultanas (optional)
Now, if you don't have caster sugar in the US it may be called Superfine sugar or you can just grind up normal sugar until it is fine!
Likewise, if you don't have self raising flour it is just plain flour with a raising agent included.
OK so we have our ingredients, now heat your oven to 230 degrees Centigrade or 450 degrees farenheit (HOT!)Put your baking sheet in the oven to get hot while you are preparing the mix.
1. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together then rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
2.Sprinkle in the sugar and mix together. If adding fruit, stir it in now!
3. Mix egg and milk together.
4. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour egg/milk in and make into a fairly soft dough.
Don't put it all in at once - depending on the size of the egg you may not need it all
5. Knead it gently then roll out to about 1" thick.
6. Enlist the help of two enthusiastic boys to cut out circles with a 2" cutter
7. Place on the hot baking sheet, brush with a little of the leftover egg/milk mix and cook for about 8 - 10 minutes until golden brown.
And a lunchbox update:
I am still loving packing Andrew's lunch in the mornings. I like getting a little creative with the lunches, which does not always go over well with Andrew. Last week, I used little letter stickers to write out "Andrew's Banana!" on his banana peel. I thought he would open his lunchbox and find the little message hilarious. But when I picked him up from school and pestered him about his lunch he told me he couldn't eat his banana because "it had stickers all over it". Stink. So, I've decided to save my letter stickers for better uses and stick to more normal lunchbox contents.
Today's lunch has two heart shaped scones with cream cheese and jam, grapes, grape tomatoes and homemade heart shaped chicken nuggets. I'm curious to see how he does with shaped foods since stickers were such a flop. Here's hoping he loves it. ;)