I am continuing with my theme of simple pleasures. The work with the bathroom is dragging on, it has been 6 weeks with out a shower and I'm pretty sure that even the flies are avoiding me now. I’ve been to too busy and when I've not been busy I've been too lethargic to do any "serious" cooking this week. I got big into cooking through being big into eating so I would consider myself a "eater" first and a "cook" second so my desire for that foodie hit is still very much present.
These scones are rather lovely. Very light and fluffy, which demand to be eaten with raspberry jam, clotted cream and a cup of tea. Simple pleasure personified. To achieve these scones' full potential they would be best enjoyed on some quiet mid summer afternoon in the garden. I, however, did not have that luxury. I brought them to work to cheer everyone up. Even in a windowless staffroom in Fife they were still pleasant enough for me to have 3 at morning break.
I made a less successful version of these scones at the weekend to welcome the awesome M. and her new man S. who were staying for the weekend. In my excitement of seeing them I forgot to add in bicarb and sugar. Doh! Still edible but this is a much better recipe. I thought about making another batch but 30 minutes later they were all gone with only a few crumbs left as evidence of their existence. It was a classic case of "it was the thought that counted". Nothing brings warmth and welcome to a home more than scones fresh out the oven.
The secret ingredient, in case you are wondering, is yogurt.
|Yogurt scones with raspberry jam and extra yogurt (clotted cream is better)|
Secret ingredient scones/yogurt scones/my best scone recipe
Makes about 20 mini scones (I think, to be honest I'm not sure as I ate a few before I had the chance to count - ma bad)
Oven set to 200 degrees
500g self-raising flour
80g butter at room temperature
6 dsp caster sugar
8 dsp natural yogurt
8dsp milk plus a little extra from painting on top
Sift the flour into a big mixing bowl.
Rub in the butter until there are no more lumps.
Add in the sugar and mix.
Add the yogurt and milk to the flour mixture and stir.
Use your hands to make it into a ball.
Roll out till approx 2-3 cm thick.
Cut out yer scones and brush them with a little extra milk.
Bake for 10-12 mins