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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Scones

scone

April 23 is St George's Day. I hadn't heard of it until a Londoner told me about it, but to my satisfaction I noticed I wasn't the only one so blase about it all. It barely seemed acknowleged around town, bar a miserly display of dragon-themed cards near the registers at Clinton's.

So what do a pair of inspired foodbloggers do? Create greater publicity with an international bake-off of English-themed pud.

Scones
Adapted from a recipe in The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander

470g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
100g butter
300ml milk soured with a squeeze of lemon juice
1/4 cup sultanas

Preheat oven to 220C and grease a baking tray.

Rub the softened butter into the flour and baking powder until it forms fine breadcumbs. Add the sultanas and coat thoroughly with the flour. Make a well in the centre and pour in most of the milk.

Slowly collapse flour walls into milk and combine. Add the rest of the milk if necessary, taking care not to unnecessarily overwork the mixture. The more you touch it, the tougher your scones will be.

Quickly turn out the mixture onto a lightly floured board. Press into a log shape and cut into 8-10 squares.

Place the squares close together on the baking tray and brushly lightly with milk.

Bake for 12-15 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy fresh out of the oven. Lashings of butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream optional but highly recommended.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 4/23/2006 11:58:00 pm


8 Comments:

  • At 4/26/2006 8:16 am, Blogger neil said…

    It is also the day you can find the St Georges mushroom, alledgedly.

     
  • At 4/26/2006 4:17 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Controversy! The scones are not regulation round.

    Looks yummy though.

    Clotted cream sounds interesting. Can that be bought from supermarket?

     
  • At 4/27/2006 12:00 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Tankeduptaco - That sounds like fun guys! lol

    Hi Veruca Salt - They is rustic, like. I prefer them stuck together, much like Hot X Buns.

    I can't say I've seen clotted cream over here. In the UK it is an essential part of a Devonshire tea. If you're really keen you can read here on how to make your own.

     
  • At 4/27/2006 7:59 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Hmmmmm ... don't know if rustic is a legitimate defence against non regulation scones. I've seen clotted cream in DJ's food hall. From memory I think Gippsland Dairy make it. But don't tell the cardiologist I told you where to get it.

     
  • At 4/30/2006 3:05 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reb - Thanks for the tip. DJs food hall... where would we be without it?

    ps. I still prefer my scones non-cookie-cuttered =P

     
  • At 4/30/2006 8:38 pm, Blogger Carrie said…

    If you can´t be bothered baking them and are going out for afternoon tea in Sydney: try the Tearoom in QVB. Some of the best scones I ever had. And their clotted cream is to die for.
    /Carrie

     
  • At 5/01/2006 2:03 pm, Blogger Sam said…

    Hey Helen - I am finally getting to go through the whole What's for Pud roundup and I am amazed - everyone has done an astounding job with it - wow!

    I love scones and made some too, although I am a bit of a plain scone kind of girl myself. Yes when I was a kid - I really would pick out the sultanas and leave them on the edge of the plate!

    Thanks for taking part in all of the fun!

    Sam

     
  • At 5/01/2006 7:01 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Carrie - I've yet to sample the afternoon tea at the QVB. Sounds like a perfect excuse for "research" =)

    Hi Sam - There were some delicious puddings indeed. I have such a soft spot for Banoffee pie too!

    You should try the Australian version - pumpkin scones. Now they are good!

     

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