• 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.


3 cups plain flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

75 g butter

1 -1 1/2 cup milk

extra milk



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.


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.


  • 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


  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.