As we all know, it was Mother’s Day this past Sunday.
Did you do anything special for your mother?
I took the Friday off work and travelled 8 hours on a bus to visit home and surprise Mum. I couldn’t remember the last time we had spent a Mother’s Day together so I thought it was high time I changed that. I love my Mum to bits; without her I wouldn’t have such a passion for (or knowledge of) baking, and so you can probably imagine my excitement at the chance of getting to bake with her over the weekend.
After making her breakfast in bed, we got up on Sunday and quickly whipped these scones up for morning tea. With only five ingredients, these scones are super simple yet so delicious… especially when served fresh with homemade jam and dollops of whipped cream. There really is no other way to have them! (Note: 1 cup = 1 US cup)
4 cups / 500g / 17.6 oz plain flour
8 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
300mL bottle of cream
355mL can of lemonade
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the salt and mix gently into the flour.
Using a knife, make a well in the middle of the ingredients before pouring in the cream and lemonade.
Mix the ingredients with a knife until the dough comes together.
Tip the dough onto a well-floured benchtop, generously sprinkle flour on top of the dough, and pat the dough out to a rectangular shape.
Cut out square/round/triangular portions and place them evenly on a baking tray.
Bake 220C / 430F for 10-15 minutes or until the scones are golden brown and cooked through.
Allow to cool slightly on a fresh tea towel before serving warm with jam/cream/butter/whatever you desire!
As you can see, this cake is not a lie. Although, for all you know, to the left is just a plate of delicious white chocolate frosting that just so happens to look like cake… but there is cake underneath it all, I promise. Two layers, even!
I was so eager / nervous to dish the cake out to my lovely new colleagues that I forgot to take a picture of the beautiful red inside. Whoops! But that just means I get to make another one tomorrow, right?
I have always been a fan of short blog posts. Personally, whenever I am looking for a recipe I am usually on a mission – T-Minus x amount of minutes until the perfect recipe is found.
I favour the blogs that cut to the chase and give me the goods. Which is not to say I do not appreciate what is written, or the time it took, I am just likely to hit ‘back’ if I have to scroll for what feels like an eternity down the page.
Even though muffins are perceived by some as being nothing more than ‘ugly’ cupcakes, or cupcakes without the fancy hat, I still love them. There is a small spot to the left of my heart that I have reserved just for muffins, whether they be sweet muffins or savoury muffins. Jumbo muffins or mini muffins. Or just good ol’ regular muffins.
I just love them. We go way back.
There really is not much left for me to say about muffins, so I shall just stop here…
The other day I had decided upon baking some nectarine and brown sugar cupcakes however, upon closer examination, one nectarine had decided that he did not want to come to the party and so he spoiled it for the rest. In other words, it had gone off, started growing mould, and had shared its germs with the rest… and we all know that mouldy fruit does not make for good cupcakes.
When I went back to the fruit store a day or so later, I could not find any nectarines and so I settled for peaches instead. Continue reading →