Posted by: Rachael | July 22, 2008

it’s good to have kids

Every good Kiwi housewife can make scones.
Except me. I just can’t get past the having to cut up the butter into breadcrumbs. Even when I learnt you could grate it first to make it quicker, it was still too slow for me. We’ve started eating scones recently, because J13 likes to make them. Date or sultana are especially good. Cheese ones (with the addition of mustard powder and cayenne pepper as well) make the savoury sorts smile.

3C flour
6t baking powder
1/4t salt
Sift into a bowl

75g butter
Cut in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs

1 to 1 1/2C milk
Add and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough. Knead a few times. Lightly dust an oven tray with flour. Press scone dough onto this and cut into 12 pieces. Brush with milk and bake at 220ºC for 10 minutes.

Of course, there is one variety of scones I am happy to make. Scones for Dummies you could call it. Dummies coz it’s all bad for ya. And coz it’s easy-peasy.

Combine one cup of lemonade and one cup of cream. Add three cups of flour and three teaspoons of baking powder. ta-da. You’re done. Well, apart from baking them at 180ºC for 15-20 minutes, but that bit’s even lazy easy enough for me.

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