A Few evenings ago I decided to put my new found skills from watching bake off to the test and I decided to do a bit of baking myself. When I say my new found skills, I could not have be further from the truth haha! I am need of a lot more practice that is for sure and I also need to read instructions…iInstead of pretending I am following the instructions when in all honestly, I only used the books to get the ingredient amounts.
I decided to pretend to follow Tanya Burr’s recipe from her first baking book. I received this as a gift a few weeks ago and I am in love. There is a small paragraph on each page that gives a little idea of where the recipe came from and that gave the book such a cosy and homely feeling. One thing about cooking and baking that I love is the idea of recipes being passed down within families and adapting them. I am alwasy told stories of my grandmother, before she passed away, about her amazing cooking and from what I can remember, the stories are true. It is going to be a good day when I get to have the recipes she passed on to her daughter- in-law as a way of showing she was a part of the family. Even writing this is putting a smile on my face. I have decided to start a collection of cooking books and this was a beautiful on to start on and I cannot wait for my paid day to buy her new Christmas book!
I decided to go for a savoury as I would normally go for sweet treats, so I couldn’t bring my self to waste good chocolate if I majorly messed up. I went for the cheese scones as I used to make them as a kid so I thought I could make it slightly well and it was the rare time that I has every ingredient without planning. I did also want to add onions as I thought it would be a nice added extra, but when they were in the oven, I had realised I had forgot to put them in.
250g self-raising flour
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
100g Mature Cheese
1 large Egg
100ml of full fat milk
Rub together the butter and the flour, lifting it together so to get as much air in the mixture and slowly fold in the other ingredients
Once it has all been mixed together and is no longer sticking to the the bowl, roll it out on a flour sprinkled surface, until it is about 3cm thick.
Cut into shapes (freehand or cookie cutter) and move to the a greased pan.
Bake at 180 degrees for about 12-15 mins or until they are golden and risen.
It was a simple recipe, but yes I managed to mess it up! Instead of rolling the mixture out until it was about 3cm thick I decided to roll it out till the mixture was 1cm thick. They still tasted good though, they just look more like chicken nuggets than scones. I know for next time!!