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Bookish Recipe: Scrumptious Scones
Bookish Recipes, a feature on the blog where I cook or bake a recipe from a book I have loved and share the result with you. This week's recipe is inspired by the book Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley. Appleby Farm is a great read that has a really positive vibe around it. I was grinning non-stop during the whole book and it left me with a content heart.
Cathy has the ability to create such homely and stunning surroundings that they just make you feel part of the story. Plus, at the end of the book, there are some fantastic recipes related to the story! I can't wait to try them all as they all soon amazing but I decided to start with the basics and follow Cathy's recipe for Scrumptious Scones:
1) Preheat oven to 220º. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt. Cut the butter in cubes and add to the bowl. Rub the butter into the flour to make crumbs, lifting the mixture as you go to aerate it. Add the sugar.
2) Add the milk to the buttermilk (I didn't have buttermilk so what I did was add a bit of lemon juice to 125 ml of milk and let it rest for a bit). Make a crater in the center of the mixture and add almost all the milk mixture. With a spatula gently work the milk into the mixture to form a soft dough. Add the rest of the milk if needed. Don't overwork the dough or you'll end up with hard scones.
3) Place the dough on a slightly floured surface and press it down with the palm of your hand to a thickness of 2,5 cm. Dip a 5,5 cm cutter and cut out the scones by pressing firmly into the dough and not twisting (I actually didn't read that well and twisted, but it worked out well... so up to yourself). Gather the leftovers, pat them out again and cut out as many scones as you can (I was able to make 9 but a couple were considerably smaller than the rest).
4) Arrange them on a baking tray and sift a little flour over the tops. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden (I ended up leaving them for 15 minutes).
5) Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve them with clotted cream and jam (I'm actually not a big fan of cream so I went for butter for mine). There were really good! This is a recipe I will be repeating for sure!
About the Book:
Published: August 13th by Corgi
Amazon | Amazon UK
Blurb: Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She’s been happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.
Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything…
The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.
Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?