Well sydneysiders, it’s definitely Winter. In case you missed the memo, the weather gods have brought a doozy of a storm this week to remind you. Winds of 100km/h, flash flooding, very sudden drop in temperature all hit mid early on in the week but, strangely enough, I’m quite content sitting here, indoors in my onesie and slippers. Yep. it is definitely onesie weather.
Don’t pretend you’re not jealous.
What could make being warm and inside on a cold rainy day even better? Scones of course! Just like your nana used to make, just like your mum used to make. Don’t you think they look comforting?
They’re simple, fun to make and are great if you want to bake but have run out of eggs. Not to mention they’re a great excuse to get out all your jams and a good pot of tea. Bliss!
I scored the jam on my last trip to the Maxwell Treats factory in Berry. Delicious!
I found the scone recipe in The Country Show Cookbook that I was given for my birthday last year. It is full of recipes that have been winners at country shows around the country. This particular recipe is from Ruby Mulley who has been exhibiting at the Camden show continually for fifty years! Holy moly! Although there are myriad scone recipes in the book, this was the first in the section, and it seemed straightforward enough to follow. Although, I do think sometimes that these women who seem to have magic at their fingertips leave out a vital step or trick. My efforts never yield quite the same results as those wonder women in country kitchens. Still, these were pretty damn good.
even when it meant sifting the dry ingredients six times.
Yes, I am not the most patient of women but I did sift it
I mixed it all up with a knife
Patted out the dough and cut the rounds
and BAM! Light as air, delicious scones.
One with rhubarb jam, the other with blueberry and BOTH with a great whack of cream
is there any other way to eat scones?
Look at that! Fluffy, warm and piled with the good stuff.
Overall it is a pretty easy recipe to follow and execute and great for a lazy morning on a rainy day. It’s also a nice accompaniment to watching re-runs of Monarch of the Glen and Heartbeat. Yes, I think my inner homebody and oldie are definitely on display this winter. So, my lovelies, what do you like to do on a rainy winter day? And have you succumbed to the power of the onesie yet?
Scones Recipe (Ruby Mulley’s recipe from The Country Show Cookbook)
3 cups self raising flour
4 tsp icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
large 1/2 cup thickened cream
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup hot water
1. Sift all the dry ingredients together six times. Yes, SIX times. And don’t skimp if you want some seriously light scones
2. Make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients
3. Mix with a knife until all the ingredients come together. Don’t over mix or the dough will be too dense and heavy
4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead well. Pat the dough out until it is a couple of cm thick
5. Cut with a sharp cutter and place onto a baking tray
6. Cook for 10 mins at 230 degrees celsius (210 degrees celsius fan forced)
7. Enjoy with copious amounts of jam and cream and a large pot of tea