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Cheddar & Chive Scones

Recently I’ve been concentrating on perfecting the perfect sweet scone.

We’ve had numerous different concoctions, yesterday was a Strawberry Vanilla, and earlier in the week I made Cranberry Orange with a hint of cinnamon….

Hubby has been whining on about a cheese scone for weeks now, so when in the store earlier I picked up a block of Kerrygold Cheddar and some chives, and acquiesced to his demands!

You don’t have to use Kerrygold, but just make sure you pick up some nice aged cheddar in a block that you can finely grate… non of that waxy pre-shredded stuff….

 

Let me know what you put on your scones… we just had with butter! (Kerrygold of course!)

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Cheddar & Chive Scones
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 220C. 425F
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, salt and mustard powder into a large mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  3. Grate in the butter, then rub it in with your fingertips until it looks like wet sand.
  4. Finely grate in the cheese, add the chives, and then stir to combine.
  5. Mix in the buttermilk and water until the dough just comes away from the edge of the bowl; don’t handle it any more than is necessary.
  6. Tip on to a very lightly floured surface and flatten into a rectangle about 2.5cm high. Cut out with a fluted cutter (about 6cm / 2.5" wide for 12 scones), reshaping as necessary while handling the dough as little as possible.
  7. Put on a baking tray and brush the egg and milk mixture.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly on a rack before splitting open.
Recipe Notes

Delicious spread with butter!

For those of you who like to use American Cup measurement

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Bakewell Tart

The Bakewell tart developed as a variant of the Bakewell pudding in the 20th century. The tart is closely associated with the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, but there is no evidence it originated there!!

One of my favorite desserts.. this combines the flavors of almond and raspberry.

Make your pastry from scratch, it’s so much better.

Here I’ve used a orange sweet pastry. The delicate orange compliments the tart perfectly.

Serve cold with just a drizzle of a sugar glaze or warm with a delicious custard!

Enjoy!

US based and want one of these fab tart tins?… I have this one… great quality for the price.

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Bakewell Tart
You can use the pastry for other recipes... it's very versatile. Don't over work it! I always use Kerrygold butter... less water in European butter gives a more flaky pastry You will need a 36 x 12cm or 23cm round tart tin.... (that's 14" x 5 7/8" or a 9" round)
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 30 mins
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
For the Pastry
For the filling
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 30 mins
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
For the Pastry
For the filling
Instructions
Pastry
  1. I use my fingers but you can use your food processor. From a height, sieve your flour and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, gently work the cubes of butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the orange zest and re-mix
  3. Add the egg and milk to the mixture and gently work it together using your hands until you have a ball of dough. Remember not to work the pastry too much at this stage or it will become elastic and chewy, not crumbly and short.
  4. Sprinkle a little flour over the dough and on a clean work surface, and pat the ball into a flat round about 2.5cm thick. Sprinkle over a little more flour, then wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop it into the fridge to rest for at least 30 minutes. Get yourself a 25cm non-stick loose-bottomed tart tin and, using a splash of vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen paper, lightly oil the inside. (I use the packaging from my butter to do this)
  5. Dust a clean surface and a rolling pin with flour, then carefully roll out your pastry, turning it every so often, until it’s about 0.5cm thick (0.2"). Carefully roll your pastry around the rolling pin, then unroll it carefully over your oiled tin. Ease the pastry into the tin, making sure you push it into all the sides. Trim off any major excess by running a knife along the top of the pastry case, then prick the base of the case all over with a fork and pop it into the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
  6. Get yourself a large piece of greaseproof paper, scrunch it up, then unwrap it and use it to line your pastry case, pushing it right into the sides. Fill the case right up to the top with rice, and bake blind for 10 minutes in your preheated oven. Take the case out, carefully remove the rice and greaseproof paper (you can save the rice to use for blind baking another time), then return the case to the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes until it’s firm and almost biscuit-like. Leave to cool.
Frangipane filling
  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour, ground almonds and the almond extract.
  2. Spread the jam over the base of the pastry case and scatter over the raspberries. Top with the frangipane and spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, then scatter the flaked almonds on top and cook for a further 15 minutes until the filling is golden. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing. Dust with icing sugar to serve or drizzle a glaze of powdered sugar and milk mixed together.
Recipe Notes
Cup Conversion

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English Plain Scone

It’s not something we every had in our house, a plain scone, but traditionally tea rooms in England will serve a plain scone with strawberry jam (jelly) and clotted or Devon cream.

It’s great to have a perfect plain scone recipe to then be able to add your favorite ingredients too.

This is as close to perfect as I’ve found so far, the key is a set of baking scales, because cups are just not accurate enough… I recently purchased this very reasonable set on Amazon, Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale 

Baking Scales Amazon Prime

They are only $11 and you can free delivery if you have Amazon Prime.

I’m excited because English recipes are going to be a breeze now and I don’t have to use my postal scales anymore LOL 🙂

 

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English Plain Scone
Delicious English scone recipe Adapted from Paul Hollingwood's recipe
Plain scone
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Plain scone
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan assisted)/425F/Gas 7.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper
  3. use 1lb of the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers to create a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  4. Add the sugar, eggs and baking powder and use a wooden spoon to turn the mixture gently. Make sure you mix all the way down to the bottom and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  5. Now add half of the milk and keep turning the mixture gently with the spoon to combine. Then add the remaining milk a little at a time and bring everything together to form a very soft, wet dough. (You may not need to add all of the milk.)
  6. Sprinkle most of the remaining flour onto a clean work surface. Tip the soft dough out onto the work surface and sprinkle the rest of the flour on top. The mixture will be wet and sticky.
  7. Next roll the dough out: sprinkle flour onto the work surface and the top of the dough, then use the rolling pin to roll up from the middle and then down from the middle. Turn the dough by 90 degrees and continue to roll until it’s about 2.5cm/1in thick. ‘Relax’ the dough slightly by lifting the edges and allowing the dough to drop back onto the work surface.
  8. Using a pastry cutter, stamp out rounds from the pastry and place them onto the baking tray. Dip the edge of the pastry cutter in flour to make it easier to cut out the scones without them sticking. Don’t twist the cutter – just press firmly, then lift it up and push the dough out.
  9. Once you’ve cut 4 or 5 rounds you can re-work and re-roll the dough to make it easier to cut out the remaining rounds. Any leftover dough can be worked and rolled again, but the resulting scones won’t be as fluffy.
  10. Place the scones on the baking tray and leave them to rest for a few minutes to let the baking powder work. Then use a pastry brush (or your finger if you don’t have a brush) to glaze them with the beaten egg and salt mixture. Be careful to keep the glaze on the top of the scones. (If it runs down the sides it will stop them rising evenly.
  11. Bake the scones in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the scones are risen and golden-brown.
  12. Leave the scones to cool, then split in half and add butter, jam and clotted cream to serve.
Recipe Notes

REMEMBER... don't overwork your dough!

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Mixed Berry Scones

It’s taken me a long time to perfect my scone recipe since arriving in America. My recipes from England just didn’t work out here… whether it was the Florida humidity or the ingredients, who knows, but these turn out very much like scones from home… yummy!

Scones should be moist on the inside and firm on the outside, just a little brown and I like to add Turbinado sugar on the outside, but you can leave or substitute for regular sugar if you prefer!

Enjoy!

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Mixed Berry Scones
Delicious, moist mixed berry scones
Course Scones
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Course Scones
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
scones
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven to 400F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together into large bowl
  2. Cut in butter until pea size ( you can use pastry cutter or your cold fingers!)
  3. Add berries
  4. Mix cream and sour cream and then mix in flour mixture... pull together... add little more cream if too dry.. don't over work...
  5. Lightly roll to about 3/4 inch thick and arrange on baking tray covered with parchment, just touching each other.
  6. Mix the egg and milk for an egg wash and brush each scone, sprinkle with sugar if preferred
  7. Cook for 12-15 minutes - you are looking for a golden brown
Recipe Notes

The key to gorgeous scones is not to over work the dough... don't over kneed to bring together, and if you roll out, not too thing else they will not rise.

Enjoy warm with some cherry jam and fresh cream... or else some nice Kerrygold butter!

You can store in a sealed container or in the fridge for a few days, just give them 20 secs to warm through in the microwave.

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Royal Albert Shopping Trip

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the US, and that means huge deals

Part of the experience we will be offering is beautiful bone china table settings for your guests.

Today I’ve been shopping the sales for Royal Albert. There is nothing better than indulging in some quality teas from fine bone china cups.

I picked up some Polka Rose, a beautiful new addition to the vintage patterns that have made Royal Albert famous the world over.  It’s youthful and exuberant, combining classic form with intricate detailing, vibrant colors and a lustrous gold rim.

Beautiful isn’t it?

I also grabbed some of the Rose Confetti… the prices were so amazing I have 4 sets of each style. I can’t wait to create a beautiful mix and match table setting with the two patterns, some beautiful lines, sparking crystal and fresh flowers!

Do you put milk in your tea?

milk in tea

Do you put milk in your tea?

Being English milk is the first thing I reach for when making my cup of tea… (except green tea, because that’s just nasty… take note Starbucks!)

Growing up in England in the 70’s most families added milk to their tea. We’ve always been a teapot house (rather than making it in the cup… peasants LOL) and we’d add milk to our cups and then the hot, brewed tea.

How milky you like your tea is up to you… depending on the tea, depends on how milky I like it.

White tea, just a touch, black tea…milk it up!

So I’m horrified that scientists now say that that drop of milk can completely negate all the benefits tea can have on our health.

How is that possible?

Shocked face image

MY LIFE JUST ENDED!

Well not really, I mean I’ve always enjoyed tea because I just love to drink it, but at the back of my mind I always thought maybe I was doing myself some good!

APPARENTLY….

Tea has many active ingredients that affect our health. It is particularly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It is found to improve our immune system, to control blood sugar levels, reduce damage to cells and prevent cardiovascular diseases. But, if you add milk to your tea, its beneficial effects on your vascular system go away.

How milk affects tea?

In a small study conducted on 16 healthy women, scientists compared the effects of tea on their vascular system, with tea, water and tea with milk. They found that tea relaxes blood vessels (improves flow-mediated dilation), but tea with milk does not.

Researchers believe that the most likely explanation is that the caseins, proteins found in milk, form complexes with catechins in tea, its most important flavonoids.

Interestingly, they found that proteins in soy milk have the same effect.

SO you crazy soy milk drinkers are not getting any better benefits…. phew!

Read more: Milk In Your Tea? Not A Good Idea – Tea with milk

 

I know what…..

I’ll still be adding milk to my tea… 40 years haven’t killed me yet! what about you?