Red Onion Scones

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Sometimes life calls for savoury in amongst the sweet.

These are perfect served with cream cheese and sprinkled with chives.

This recipe will make about 6 x 65mm scones or 4 x 75mm scones

You will need:

  • 230g Plain Flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1tsp Cream of Tartar
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 60g Butter
  • I Small Red Onion finely chopped and caramelised
  • 7-8 tbsp Cold Milk
  • 1 egg beaten for glazing (optional)

Method:

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Grease the baking sheet.
  • Sift the flour, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and mustard powder together.
  • Mix in the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the caramelised red onion and stir until well distributed.
  • Gradually add the milk until you have a soft ball of dough. If your dough is a little dry add another tablespoon of milk.
  • You do not want to over handle the dough or it will go hard and tough.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and gently press out (I use my finger tips and hands to press out the dough rather than squash it with a rolling pin) until about 2.5cm or 1inch thick. Cut out to your desired size with your cookie cutter. (if you are going for mini scones then the dough will need to be pressed out thinner or use a rolling pin)
  • Place your scone on the baking sheet, reform the dough scraps and repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Brush the beaten egg over each scone to glaze.
  • Bake for about 10mins or until golden brown.
  • These are best on the day of cooking but will keep for 2-3 days in an air tight container.
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Thumb Print Cookies

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These are made using the cookie recipe I have used before, instead of rolling out the cookie dough, it is rolled into balls and the thumb is used to create a ‘well’ to add your favourite jam or spread. They are great fun to make with the children, as they are so very easy! Continue reading “Thumb Print Cookies”

Rocky Road

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Who doesn’t like a rocky road? All that chocolaty goodness with the chewy marshmallows and the soft crunch of biscuits all in one bite.

You can add almost anything to a rocky road to give it extra crunch, chewiness or added flavour.

I found myself buying more mini eggs after Easter, purely because they had been reduced and I simply couldn’t help myself. Continue reading “Rocky Road”

Butter Making

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Have you ever made your own butter?

If the answer is no read on to find out how easy it is and you don’t even need any special equipment, just a clean jam jar with lid and a pot of double cream!

You can flavour your butter with just about anything you want, my favourites are: garlic, herbs and honey and of course plain.

Making butter is also a great way to use up leftover cream or cream that has almost outstayed its welcome in the fridge (i.e. cream that has reached it best before date).

You will need:

  • 300ml of Double CreamIMG_3248
  • Clean Jam Jar (454g size) with a securely fitting lid.
  • 1tbsp of the flavouring of your choice: Garlic, Honey, Herbs etc… (if you are going for Garlic I find just one large clove is sufficient).

Method:

  • Pour the double cream into the jam jar.
  • If you want flavoured butter add the garlic, honey or herbs.
  • Secure the lid tightly.
  • Shake the cream until it separates. You will end up with a blob of butter surrounded in an off white watery liquid.
  • Pour the liquid out of the jar (this is buttermilk and you can reserve this for baking with later).
  • Shake again just to ensure as much of the buttermilk is extracted. Pour this out.
  • Scoop the butter out of the jar and into the dish you wish to serve it in. I put mine into a ramekin.
  • Cover and store in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

You don’t have to add any flavourings to your butter it will be gorgeous plain.

It doesn’t get any better then homemade crumpets with homemade butter – Oh so yummy!