A scone can be described as a single serving cake or a quick bread. It’s a traditional English tea time treat; I like them for breakfast though. You can call it a kind of pastry since they are made with the same ingredients as short crust albeit with different proportions.
But really scones are so versatile. You can add your favourite ingredients to them. Most dried fruits pair well and so does chocolate. But, when I started figuring out the best way to make them I came across at least 15 different versions – add buttermilk, no butter milk, add egg, no egg, self raising flour, regular flour… it’s really endless. I tried a few variations myself and settled for this.
I didn’t have clotted cream at home so I just ate them up with butter – a generous dollop of it – and some jam.
If you want something warm, not too sweet, and made from scratch this is the recipe. The classic combination of apple and rosemary marries in a buttermilk and olive oil batter lightly flavoured with a hint of warm spices. Don’t want a loaf? You can bake it in muffin tins for muffins or, dollop it in a hot pan coated with oil and make pancakes. This batter will work for all three. I highly suggest trying it as pancakes.
I absolutely adore the fat, gumpy lord Ganesha and I welcome him each year with much festivity. But, a day and half of non-stop laddoos make me want to reach out to something far less decadent for the next few days. I needed something to get me out of my sugar slump!
These muffins are beautiful and wholesome with 3-4 different grains, some butter milk and heaps of nuts and dried fruits. The cornmeal gives a nice bite to this and if you are not making it immediately after indulgent few days I’d suggest you add some dark choco chips to this.
Note: When using butter milk make sure it’s at room temperature. Also, make sure your oven is pre-heated to 160 degrees C and your muffin tray is generously buttered!
Fabulously buttery, tender, sandy textured cookies that are so right with tea or coffee!
Sables – French Cookies
In France, these cookies are known as Sables; in Scotland they are called Shortbread. Be soft and gentle while working on this flour, don’t over beat. Remember ‘sandy’ texture is what you need to aim for. I Can never forget this recipe as it was my first at Le Cordon Bleu – the chef who demonstrate this was ooo la la…Chef Patrick, cuisine chef who came in just to teach us this.