My Favourtie Scones

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I prefer these scones to the other recipe I’ve posted. They’re less buttery, which I like. The last time I made the other scones, I found them way too buttery.

The recipe is from S.J.A. de Villiers’ Cook and Enjoy It.

White Scones

2 cups cake flour (I just used all-purpose)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 to 4 tablespoons ice-cold butter

3/4 to 4/5 cup milk

extra milk to brush on top

1. Preheat oven to 475F to 500F. Grease a baking sheet and dust with flour.

2. Sift together the dry ingredients.

3. Rub in the coarsely grated butter using your fingertips, or a pastry cutter or food processor, until the mixture is crumbly.

4. Add the liquid, cutting it into the flour with a spatula until just blended. Avoid unnecessary handling or kneading as it will affect the texture of the scones.

5. Place the dough on a floured board and flatten gently with your hands or roll out gently until 2cm thick.

6. Cut out 5cm rounds with a biscuit cutter or cut into squares or triangles with a knife and place on the prepared baking sheet.

7. Brush each round with milk and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown on top. (Mine took about 15 minutes in the oven.)

The recipe yields 12 scones. (I made 6 bigger scones instead.)
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August 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Soft Giant Pretzels

These were soo easy to make! And they really do taste like the pretzels you can buy at the mall.

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The recipe is dead simple and the bread machine does practically all the work. All you have to do is divide the dough, roll it into ropes and then shape the ropes into pretzels. Then, you boil the unbaked pretzels in a water/baking-soda mixture for 10 seconds each, transfer them to a pan and put them in the oven. The shaping part might seem difficult, but it’s surprisingly fun and easy.

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There’s a good diagram of the shaping method at the bottom of this page.

Or, you can check out these videos.

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I baked them for 8 minutes. The bottoms were a little brown, but they tasted delicious, not burnt.

I baked them for 8 minutes. The bottoms were a little brown, but they didn't have a burnt taste.

The recipe says to sprinkle water and then coarse salt on them when they come out of the oven, but I skipped that step; I was making them for breakfast and I didn’t want to eat something too salty.

After tasting them, I think that they definitely need some kind of seasoning, like cinnamon-sugar (see below).

I couldn't fit all of them on the same pan, so I did a second round and sprinkled them with a cinnamon/white sugar mix.

I couldn't fit all of them on the same pan, so I did a second round and sprinkled them with a cinnamon/white sugar mix.

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These also browned a lot on the bottom.

These also browned a lot on the bottom.

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Half and half - one plain, one cinnamon-sugar.

Half and half - one plain, one cinnamon-sugar.

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A great breakfast!

August 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Bread, Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Whole Wheat Scones

I used the same recipe as I did in my Plain Scones post, but I made a few changes:

  • Used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
  • Added about 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • Used brown sugar instead of white sugar

It turned out pretty well…

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They’re healthier than the white-flour scones, but they don’t rise as much and they aren’t as fluffy/flaky.

August 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Bake Sale Blueberry Muffins

I made these muffins for a charity bake sale. I didn’t get a chance to eat one of them myself, but they got good reviews from the people who bought them!

The recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/To-Die-For-Blueberry-Muffins/Detail.aspx

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July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Cheddar Cheese Scones

From  “Cook and Enjoy It”

These were way too salty – probably because the recipe doesn’t call for any sugar. Next time, I’ll just use a regular scone recipe (with sugar!) and add a cup of cheese.

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July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.

Scottish Oat Scones

Recipe can be found here:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Scottish-Oat-Scones/Detail.aspx

The recipe makes two round circles of four scones each (so, eight in total). For some reason I only photographed half of the recipe…oh, right, we probably ate the other half before I had a chance to take any photos!

Overall, not a bad recipe. I added raisins and walnuts (instead of currants). It’s a little dry and it seems more like a hearty breakfast cookie than a scone. But hey, it tastes good, so I’m not complaining!

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July 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Breakfast Baking. Leave a comment.