Breakfast in bed is not an alternative in our house. I am the first one up, and I’d rather spend a few moments in peace. Hubby dear is nary a breakfast eater, and sweet child has to be pulled out the bed. The only thing I’ve managed to do is, train him (a la Pavlov) to drink the mandatory glass of milk in his sleep. That one milk mug is so precious, that if I ever change the mug or decrease the amount of sugar or change the flavour of the Bourn Vita...out come the groans and moans and very often he comes awake with the milk falling on him. These accidents are detrimental to my sanity so I don’t bother. But scones must be eaten warm and with a cup of tea. And this was something I’d been meaning to make for the longest time. And then there was the daring bakers challenge. Yup, I too am on. Well from February, actually. But this time was the chunga...that’s a Punjabi word for just a small freebie. Suddenly scones were there all over in blogosphere, so I had to make them.
Made a tiny batch, just enough for me and sweet child, hubby dear was out singing for our supper-working on a beautiful Sunday morning. It’s the loneliness brings on the corny lines, believe me, I’m not that bad.
Blame the mood and hubby dear’s boss!
Inspired by Deeba of http://www.passionateaboutbaking.com/, I made the scones.
The highest temperature in my oven is 230C/450F, and the scones need 240C so I used my electric tandoor. It was really hot and the scones took exactly 7 minutes to get the lovely colour and they were cooked. The last time I made a batch of scones they tasted of bicarb, these did NOT! They were warm and flaky and cheesy without being overly so, and the garlic was so amazing, there ,but not quite...the best part- there were no leftovers.
The only thing that cheesed me off –the pictures were screwed...err skewed. I tried the manual settings after getting such an awesome photo of the sweet pea yesterday and I did not take any P&S photo.
Lesson learnt, two awesome photographs do not a photographer make. So double , double toil and trouble...
Bear with me mes Amis..There will be a better picture ,but the scones were great.
Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Scones...
1 cup/140 Gms plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarb of soda
½ tsp salt
4-5 green garlic scapes finely chopped
40 Gms frozen butter
90 Gms grated cheddar cheese
½ cup cold buttermilk( I used 1 tsp vinegar and the rest milk)
1 tsp milk for glazing
Sesame seeds or poppy seeds for sprinkling
Turn your oven to the highest setting-240C/465F if its there, mine goes max to 230C ,hence the electric tandoor.
Sift the dry ingredients into a dry bowl twice. The last time I made scones they were flat, so I did follow instructions and I suggest you do to!
Grate the butter and blend with the flour. I forgot, and I grated the cheese with the butter too....
Use a fork to mix it all together like breadcrumbs.
Mine were almost breadcrumbs.
The garlic...fresh from the garden...they way the rains are playing spoil sport in Ranchi ,I don’t think the scapes will ever become bulbs, might as well use the garlic like so.
Garlic sliced fine into the bowl.
Now with great trepidation, the buttermilk in...
And in the one direction ,not kneading just mixing.
On to the floured worktop, I was supposed to sprinkle, it looks like I emptied the container onto the shelf but no,...I was being cautious.
Fold the dough twice like puff pastry and pat it into a rectangle about 6 inches by 4 inches. The dough should be about 2 cm or 3/4 inch thick.
And now quickly, AL foil on the baking tray, cut the dough into 8 pieces and a little bit away from each other .
A tiny amount of milk washed on the surface for a fantastic colour.
Seeds sprinkled on...and don’t delay or you just might infuriate the baking powder and the vinegar.
Lightly risen and done. Bring them out of the oven to cool and stop the cooking....the tea was ready by the time the scones were cool enough to eat.
We had them with a wee bit of butter and salsa...hot, hot and hotter.
Well the weather demanded it.See...flaky...
Quick fix, for main aur meri tanhai(me and my lonely heart!)
Thank you Deeba, for a wonderful breakfast...
So what are you baking today???