Monday, 7 May 2012
The humble scone....
I have fallen in love with scones. It was only since moving to Orkney and tasting warm home-made oven baked scones that I realised what I had been missing all these years! I once baked scones at school (domestic science) but they were like bullets and I never tried again. Dad, being from Wales, always preferred Welsh cakes so if I was baking that's what I made. Latterly he would eat "fruit scones", the supermarket wrapped variety. I hated them, they were big and doughy and not at all the "sweet" cake I enjoyed.
However my tastes are turning to less sweet things these days, and there is absolutely NO comparison between shop-bought scones and home-baked. Sorry I took so long to discover this Dad.... but I'll raise a freshly baked scone and a cuppa (tea) to your memory!
I received a "Mary Berry Baking Bible" for a recent birthday so have been experimenting with some new recipes. It's cold and sleety/hail outdoors so what better activity to indulge in on a cold Sunday morning (and try and forget it's MAY and should be warm!).
Some lemon biscuits, some oaty ones too and a walnut and sultana "tea bread" (a cake that you slice and butter).
And a banana loaf, one of my favourites so have tried a new recipe.
And no I will NOT be eating ALL these at once. The "tea-bread" style cakes freeze well, as do the scones, and I may be forced to share some of the biscuits this week too! I'm still a very "novice" baker but I do so enjoy the fruits of my labours, even if some are not suitable to share ;-)