Wednesday, 11 January 2012

cheese scones

Last night we had the joy of seeing another Great British Bake off program start.  This time with celebrities for the charity sport relief.  One of the recipes made was Paul Hollywood Cheese scones.  This had me diving straight into the kitchen to try them out. Quick and somewhat easy as long as the rules of scones are kept. As little handling as possible is one of them

First things first I put the oven on gas mark 7 and lined a baking tray with baking paper, and weighed out

  • 250g/9oz wholemeal flour
  • 250g/9oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200g/7oz grated cheddar
  • 100g/4oz grated Parmesan
  • 400ml/14fl oz milk
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten 
    I actually have a vegetarian in the house so I dispensed with the Parmesan cheese and replaced it with more cheddar instead.  It didn't give the tops a crisp top as Parmesan but was still delicious 

    First I took the first 6 ingredients and stirred well to thoroughly mix, keeping back 50 or so grams of grated cheddar or Parmesan if using for the tops of the scones. 

    With a wooden spoon or hands stir through the milk until it just comes together.  Tip out onto a well floured board and knead gently until it has come together in one mass and can be gently rolled out or patted into a 1 inch high shape.  Then using a 2 1/2 inch cutter cut out up to 15 scones.  I went a bit wrong here as I couldn't find my cutters and used a glass.  Which didn't have sharp enough edges so they didn't rise as much as they should of but still very tasty. 

    Place cut outs on your prepared baking tray.  Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes.  Remove from oven and place scones on rack to cool as long as you can manage.  Split and slather with real butter and sit and enjoy with  a smile on your face :oD