Archive for the ‘Baking’ category

Raisin Scones

25 April, 2007 EUTC

I’ve had a request for my raisin scone recipe. It comes from the same book as my plain scone recipe. The nutmeg really makes a difference. You can also substitute plain yoghurt or milk and lemonjuice (1 tsp/cup, let sit 5 min) in place of the buttermilk.

2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 stick butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg yolk

Put baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and flour in bowl and mix. Cut in butter. Toss in sugar and raisins. Mix egg yolk into buttermilk and add. Mix until dough forms. Take out dough and give a few kneeds to mix. Roll out and cut. Cook on baking tray for about 20 minutes at 375°F. You might want to knock any burnt raisins from the outsides of the scones. (more…)


The Fastest Cake In the West

21 September, 2006 EUTC

What is the fastest cake in the West? Answer: S’gone! This joke is described in an excellent article on the scone, which also discusses the cream tea. The cream tea is a meal traditionally eaten in the West Country (meaning southwest England: Cornwall, Devon and Sommerset) mainly by tourists (a.k.a grockles). It involves drinking hot black tea with plain scones topped by clotted cream and jam. I know in the US you can buy double Devon cream from Giant and World Market, though its more authentic to use clotted cream which has an even higher fat content. You can supposedly make your own clotted cream by scalding cream by gently heating it for a long time. (more…)

New Category – Scones!

20 September, 2006 EUTC

I’ve added scones to my tagline making it ‘Science, Statistics, Singleness and Scones, Spiritually Speaking.’ I’m using scones to represent all things British, including some of my favourite baking recipes. For more British cookery online, I would suggest Delia. Also, the blog Baking For Britain which looks at recipes from around the UK seems interesting from an initial glance.

I was born in England to a Scottish dad and Irish mum, where I lived until coming to the US a few years ago for grad school. I don’t have a particular sense of either of the UK or US being home, but I do have a very strong sense of being British, though not having any English blood I don’t consider myself English now that I don’t live in England (though I support them in sport). I’ve hosted several British Bashes since I’ve got here, where I’ve shared things like fish and chips, scones, irn bru, Scottish dancing and cricket.