As I was looking out of the rain splattered window early Sunday morning, my eye caught a rather large pile of apples that had fallen into our garden from a neighbour’s tree. Initially, I was tempted to ignore them, but my dislike of waste got the better of me. So, out into the pouring rain I went, in my nightdress, to forage for some of the less battered ones. Here’s what I came up with: apple cider scones made with wholemeal spelt flour and flavoured with cinnamon.
I was innocently having a quick catch-up on Facebook before getting down to the more serious business of writing up a recipe, when I noticed a scone post from Johanna, at Green Gourmet Giraffe. She alerted me to the fact it was International Scone Week. Well really, I couldn’t let another year go by without marking the occasion. The post I was going to write has now been put on hold so that I can get the the recipe for spelt scones with health giving kefir, matcha green tea & honey published before it’s too late. As the old saying goes: here today, scone tomorrow.
It may be cold and blustery outside, but I’m noticing signs of spring here, with snowdrops and even daffodils emerging. This combined with the fast approaching, St David’s Day on 1 March put me in mind of Wales’ national bake, Welsh cakes. My wholemeal spelt Welsh cakes are super easy to make. They’re crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside and incredibly moreish. This wonder food from the west is the perfect antidote to the Beast from the East.
CT recently returned from a trip to York. Whilst there he popped into Bettys Tea Rooms for a cuppa and a curd tart. Fat rascals are a classic Yorkshire bake and one that I very much associate with Bettys. I’ve never actually tried one, so in order not to feel left out, I decided to have a go at making some.
Since finally getting around to making wild garlic pesto this year, I can’t get enough of it. I’ve made three big batches and apart from some I’ve frozen, I’ve pretty much used it all up. One of the things I’d had in my mind’s eye was scones with a swirl of green running through them; when I made my first batch of pesto I lost no time in making these swirly wild garlic cheese scones with it.
I’ve borrowed another inspiring book out of the library recently. The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak. It is so up my street, I want to make pretty much everything in it. I may just have to splash out and buy it. The recipes all look and sound as though you want to dive straight in, but they mostly have a healthy twist of some kind.
It’s International Scone Week over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Now in it’s fifth year, I’m quite shocked to find that I haven’t participated since 2012. If you ever need a scone recipe, Celia’s annual round-ups of all sorts of scones from bloggers around the world is a must. Read on to get the recipe for my rich dark chocolate scones.
It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s International Scone Week over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – only it seems to have morphed into International Scone Fortnight this year! Actually, it looks like I’ve missed the boat and the round-up is already posted. Do check it out as there are a number of very different and delicious scones to admire.
I’ve always had a bit of trouble with scones, but last year’s International Scone Week, galvanised me into action and I decided I was going to get to grips with making light and delicious scones once and for all. The resulting chocolate scones were perhaps not the lightest ever, but they were still at the upper end of the scale of good and tasted delicious.
Having just made curd tarts, I had rather a lot of whey left over, so the obvious thing to do with it was to make scones. I made these fabulous white chocolate scones earlier in the year so I used similar quantities, only this time without butter and whey rather than sour milk. I crossed my fingers that they worked out OK.
This is what I did:
- Finely grated 2oz white chocolate (G&B)
- Sieved 8oz flour (2oz wholemeal, 6oz white) into a bowl with 1 tsp cream of tarter and 1/2 tsp of bicarb of soda.
- Added the chocolate and gave a good stir.
- Made a well in the centre and added 1/4 pt of whey.
- Stirred until all incorporated.
- Brought mixture together with my hands handling it as little as possible.
- Rolled it out to about 3/4 ” and cut into 9 rounds.
- placed on a lined baking sheet and brushed with whey.
- Baked at 185C for 15 minutes.
After the success I had with substituting white chocolate for lard in Dan’s tea cakes, I was keen to try something similar with scones. I don’t like my scones too sweet as the usual addition of jam or honey make them quite sweet enough. So, so my reasoning went like this: if I substitute white chocolate for some of the butter and add a little bit more for sweetness, then can I also omit the sugar?
This is what I did:
- Finely grated 1.5 oz white chocolate (G&B) using my brilliant chocolate grater.
- Put this into a large bowl.
- Added 8oz flour (2oz wholemeal, 6oz white), 1 tsp cream of tarter and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda and a large pinch of Himalayan pink salt.
- Rubbed 1oz unsalted butter into the flour mixture until all incorporated.
- Made a well in the centre and added 1/4 pt of sour milk.
- Gradually stirred in the flour using a knife until the mixture formed a ball of dough.
- Rolled this out on a floured board to what I thought at the time was 3/4 inch but was in fact more like 1/2 inch!
- Placed on a lined baking tray & baked on the top shelf of the oven at 190C for 13 minutes.
The scones were light, just the right side of sweet and tasted delicious with a slight flavour of vanilla and white chocolate. They were soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside and were just as good on day two as on day one. I shall definitely be making these again. Topped with jam and cream and a nice pot of tea, they really hit the spot mid-afternoon. Although, actually, they were also rather good with passionfruit curd – more on that later.
Back in January, I made my first foray into the world of chocolate and scones with these very tasty chocolate chip scones. Subsequently this lovely recipe, originally for Black Forest Scones, was sent to me by Jane Maile. Jane used to run a tearoom in the Cotswolds and these were one of the treats she regularly baked for her customers. In her own words:
Well it took me a while, but I did eventually get around to making them and coincidentally just in time for Celia’s International Scone Week.
I didn’t exactly follow the recipe and used watered down yogurt rather than milk and lemon juice. But the saddest omission was failing to use cherry jam to top the scones, I didn’t have any to hand, so Black Forest would have been a misnomer.
This is how I made them:
- Put 8oz flour (half spelt, half white), 1.5 oz cocoa powder, 1.5 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.
- Added 2oz unsalted butter and cut this into pieces with a knife.
- Rubbed the butter into the flour until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
- Stirred in 3oz vanilla (granulated) sugar.
- Broke a duck egg into a measuring jug and topped up to 1/4 pt with a mixture of half yogurt / half water.
- Stirred into the dry ingredients then brought the mixture together with my hands.
- Rolled out on a floured surface to 3/4″ thick and cut into eight 2″ rounds.
- Placed onto a lined baking tin, brushed the tops with milk and baked for 20 minutes at 190C.