On Sunday my lovely brother and his girlfriend came over for the day. It was a last minute thing, only arranged the night before, but it was really nice to see them both again.
They arrived literally as Chris was leaving, which was a shame, but I knew they wouldn’t really get to see each other any way. When planning what to do Heather had decided she wanted scones, so we agreed that they would come over to ours, then we would have a little trip into Marlow for the French Market (rubbish by the way, barely any of it was actually French, and not many stalls either), have a wander along the river, and then either get scones in a café or make our own back at home.
So into Marlow we went, had a very quick look around the market (really disappointed) and then wandered around the park and along the river briefly. The sun was out and shining, and it was so warm! We then went to a little bakery and had lunch sat outside (prawn salad sandwich and a chocolate milkshake – lunch of champions) and had a wander around Marlow. I’d always wanted to go into the cook shop up at the top of the high street, and it is a.ma.zing! It is massive! From the outside it looks really small, but it just keeps going back further and further! I love cook shops, I look round them and convince myself I need all of these gadgets and gizmos, but rarely ever buy them! But, without Chris there I could buy what I wanted, within reason! So I got myself a garlic storage pot (yes, very sad, but I’ve wanted one for ages) and some ice lolly makers. We also popped into a lovely little sweet shop where I got Rosy Apples and some blackcurrant Millions, which are pretty much finished already!
With Heather still wanting scones we nipped into Sainsbury’s and got the necessary bits to make scones and headed home.
So here’s the recipe we used (from The best of Mrs Beeton’s Cakes and Baking):
fat for greasing
225g/8oz Self Raising Flour
2.5ml/½ tsp salt
25-50g/1-2oz butter or margarine
125-150ml/4-5 fl oz milk
flour for kneading
milk or beaten egg for glazing (optional)
Grease a baking sheet (we used magic non-stick liner from Lakeland instead). Set the oven at 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine, then mix to a soft dough with the milk, using a round-bladed knife. Knead very lightly on the floured surface until smooth.
Roll or pat out the dough to about 1cm/½ inch think and cut into rounds, using a 6cm/2½ inch cutter. (Alternatively, divide into two equal portions and roll each piece into a round 1-2 cm/½-¾ inch thick. Mark each round into six wedges.) Re-roll the trimmings and re-cut.
Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk or beaten egg, if liked. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Obviously once they’ve cooled you then have the argument of which you put on first – clotted cream then jam (Devon way) or jam then clotted cream (Cornish way). Both me and my brother are Devon, whereas Heather was Cornish. They were really lovely, although they didn’t rise very much, but were still really light and went great with a cup of tea!
Making scones also brings on the argument on how do you pronounce it? S-cones, or scon-s? While looking into how different places think you should pronounce it I found this great poem on Wikipedia that says it all!
I asked the maid in dulcet tone
To order me a buttered scone;
The silly girl has been and gone
And ordered me a buttered scone.