Scones

A cup of tea is never the same without scones – served with freshly whipped cream, grated cheese and jam, of course.

Last year I had a challenge to bake perfect scones for my sister’s birthday. I tried 3 different recipes and was still not really 100% satisfied with the results.. So  this is yet another recipe I had to try!! 🙂

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Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with     parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.

Turn out onto a lightly floured  work  surface to complete bringing it together with your  hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.

Cut into rounds and place on the prepared baking           sheet. Bake for minutes in the preheated oven, or  until golden brown.IMG_2757

Muffins

1.

2 cups (500ml)  flour

1tsp (5 ml) bi-carb

1 tsp ( 5ml ) baking powder

pinch of salt

1tsp (5ml) mixed spice

3/4 cup (180ml) brown sugar

2.
1/2 slab of dates

1 cup raisins

1tbl (15ml) butter

1 beaten egg

1 cup boiling water

muffins add any of these:
coconut
grated carrots
nuts
bananas
cherries
cranberries
cake mix (fruit)
Mix 1
Mix 2
Combine 1 and 2

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Bake in preheated oven (180 degree C) for 15 – 20 mins.

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Cupcakes

My husband loves cake and asked me to bake a butter cake.  I decided to use my trusted recipe and make some cupcakes instead.

IMG_1903Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) Sifted Cake Flour
  • 3 teaspoon(s) Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) Salt
  • 45 ml Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup(s )whole Milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a muffin pan with butter and dust with all-purpose flour. ( I did not use paper cups) Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2.  Beat  eggs and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla  beat on medium-high, just until blended.  Add the dry ingredients to this mixture. Mix well.
  3. Bring butter and milk to the boil and add it the the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Pour into the prepared muffin pans and bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean —15 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  5. Un-mold and cool completely. Ice with any icing you like.

Savoury Mince Spiral Scone Roll

Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

1. Reheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with      parchment paper.

2.  Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a             large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is                 rough and crumbly.

3. In a separate bowl, milk and egg together.IMG_1483

Add this to the flour mixture and stir to just bring the dough  together, turning out onto a lightly floured work  surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.IMG_1484

 

Savoury Mince

15 ml olive oil

1  onion, finely chopped

500 g  lean beef mince

10 ml dried Italian herb mixture

salt and freshly-milled black pepper  to taste

45 ml parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Hint: This is subjective cooking at its best! You can add (or omit) any seasoning, herb or spice. You can add chili, garlic, curry and even vegetables such as diced potato and/or diced carrot, sliced mushrooms or peas. Enjoy being inventive!

Heat the oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the mince and brown lightly. Add the rest of the ingredients. Lower the heat and simmer with a lid on for  about 20 to 30 minutes.

Beat 2 eggs and add it to the mixture whilst stirring. Stir fry until it becomes thick.  Cool down .

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Spread the cooled mince on the dough.IMG_1486

Roll the dough up and form a circle.

Use a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into slices.

Brush the dough with some milk and bake for 20 to 30 minutes  until lightly browned.

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Fruit squares

Fruit squares 
145 grams butter/margarine
145 grams sugar
1 tablespoon syrup or marmalade
Melt the above in a pot over a very low heat. Allow to cool.
Beat 1 egg and add slowly to the above — stirring vigorously.
Add the following to the mixture:
250 grams flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup currants, or raisins or sultanas
Fruit squaresSpread in a well greased Swiss roll tin and bake at 190 °C for 15 mins.
Cut into squares while still hot and dribble the following icing over them.
Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 dessert spoon vanilla essence
Boiling water to mix to desired consistency—thick but slightly runny. 

 

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Parmesan Butter Tin Biscuits for Cheese please!

Parmesan and basil make the difference in these country-style tin biscuits.

75 g butter or margarine

350 g plain flour

30 ml of grated Parmesan  cheese

15 ml sugar

20 ml baking powder

5 ml basil leaves

15 ml chopped fresh parsley

250 ml milk

Heat oven to 200 degrees C. In a square cake tin melt butter in oven. (3 to 5 min.) Meanwhile, in  a medium bowl combine all ingredients except milk. Stir in milk until moistened. Turn dough onto slightly floured surface: knead 10 times or until smooth. Roll dough into 30 x 10 cm rectangle. Cut into about 12 strips.IMG_1144

Dip each strip into melted butter.IMG_1147

Place in same tin. bake for 20 to 25 min. or until lightly browned.

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I had mine with more cheese! Grated cheddar and some with creamed cheese. Delicious!

I decided to enter this recipe for the Cheese Please! challenge of

http://fromagehomage.co.uk/

 

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Not so traditional Christmas Cake

As I said in a previous post I personally prefer a dark richer Fruitcake. I have searched to find one that I liked and here is my rendition of a not so traditional Dark fruit cake.

Dark Christmas Cake

500 g mixed dried fruits

250 g dates, cut up

125 g butter

200 ml soft brown sugar

250 ml strong coffee

200 g cherries

Put all the ingredients in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins. ( I boiled mine in the microwave for 8 min on high.)

IMG_0999Add 5 ml Bicarb of soda and 100 g chopped pecan nuts into the hot mixture and stir well. Leave to cool for  about 30 mins.  IMG_1005Pre-heat the oven to 130 C.                                            
Then add :
500 ml plain flour
5 ml baking powder
2 ml mixed nutmeg
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
2 ml salt
2 large beaten eggs                                                          
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour.  and tip it into  prepared tins, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.IMG_1006Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 15 ml of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.IMG_1015To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film or tin foil.chritmas 

Day 2 : Scone challenge

Today’s Scone recipe I got from a friend.  I am quite happy with the results!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220 degree C. Combine flour, baking powder and a salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, whisk egg, oil and milk in a jug. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined (the less you work the dough, the better), adding a little more milk if required.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured board and pat out until 2 cm thick. Fold the dough in half and cut out scones. Place on baking tray, allowing a little room for spreading. Bake scones for 10 minutes or until risen and light brown. Serve scones hot with butter and jam.

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Scones

  • A scone is a single-serving cake or quick bread. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent, and are baked on sheet pans. They are often lightly sweetened and are occasionally glazed. Wikipedia

Baking scones is a bit of a nemesis to me!  I never get them to rise enough or they leave an aftertaste in the mouth or they are just not perfect! My sister asked me to make her some scones for her birthday high tea on Sunday and oh boy the pressure is on.  I’ve have tried the Edmond Scone recipe today and the results were not to bad at all. But I am not quite satisfied yet! So here goes! The challenge is on!

Edmonds Scones

This is the classic NZ recipe from the Edmonds cookbook.

DSC06662Ingredients

3 cups plain flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

75 g butter

1 -1 1/2 cup milk

extra milk

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Directions

1 Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

2 Cut butter in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3 Add milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough.
4 Knead a few times.
5 Lightly dust an oven tray with flour.
6 Press scone dough out onto this.
7 Cut into 12 even-sized pieces.
8 Leave a 2 cm space between scones.
9 Brush tops with milk.
10 Bake at 220 C for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Easy Vanilla Butter cake – Baking memories

I have been making this easy Vanilla butter cake  since my childhood which my mom taught me to make.
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) Sifted Cake Flour
  • 3 teaspoon(s) Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) Salt
  • 45 ml Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup(s )whole Milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly coat an 8-inch cake pan with butter and dust with all-purpose flour. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2.  Beat  eggs and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla  beat on medium-high, just until blended.  Add the dry ingredients to this mixture. Mix well.Image2
  3. Bring butter and milk to the boil and add it the the mixture. Mix well.
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  5. Pour into the prepared pans and bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean — 25 to 30 minutes. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.DSC06256
  6. Unmould and cool completely. Ice with any icing you like.