Updated: Mar 30
Ok, so I have a new job now, as a barista, which will actually change in about a month. So, I’ll be behind a desk instead of actually on my feet (THANK GOD! My feet die every day because they’ve been so abused!). That means I have time now to learn how to cook and bake! Yes, I don’t actually know how to cook a lot of meals, but that’s only because I live in my parents’ house, so I get free meals!
However, there will come a time where I will have to cook for myself (eventually). So, I think it’s time I prepared for that, now that I’m no longer working two jobs that absolutely exhaust me, to the point where I can’t even think at the end of the day. That’s why I’m starting this post on a baker’s high.
I’ll be writing about a recipe I found on the internet and tried. We’ll see if by the end of the post you’ll want to try it to!
The Bakery Is Open
This week, I baked a very classically British afternoon tea snack…or dessert…either name, it’s the same thing, and it is the perfect bite for an afternoon tea. I baked…
THE FRUIT SCONE
Ok, so scones can either be plain or have fruit in them, and because I didn’t want to start out with a very complicated recipe, I went with one that was easy enough to follow, and had that extra “oomph” for when I don’t feel like having cream and jam…well maybe just the cream (you gotta stay healthy somehow).
Now, I found this recipe on an app called Yummly. It’s also a website, and if you’re short on ideas about what to cook or bake, then you can try looking up recipes here, because they have them categorised according to whatever conditions you want. So, if you’re up for keto, they have keto diets, if you’re looking for a paleo diet meal, they’ve got that too. So, check it out! The link’s below!
Alright, back to the post. So, I baked some fruit scones I found on this website, and it actually turned out to be one of Mary Berry’s recipes (I love this woman, she’s like a little granny that you just want to hug and bake with!). It’s a very simple and very easy recipe to follow, and if you’re in the mood to have a little starchy snack, then I would highly recommend it!
All you need are some eggs, milk, self-raising flour, baking powder, caster sugar, butter and sultanas. Actually, you can skip the sultanas, if you’re not feeling the fruity vibe. You could really have it plain. I’m not going to list out the recipe here, because I believe the recipe is worth its due, so you can click the link below, and follow it for yourselves:
Now, I will say this for the actual bake, follow the recipe properly, because I promise you if you’re overworking the flour, butter, sugar and baking powder, your scones won’t be as fluffy and light as it looks in the pictures.
You can bet I tried this recipe before, and while they turned out well, they weren’t as big as I thought they’d be, because I know I overworked the dough, before I added in the milk and egg. So, watch yourself. If you think you’ve got the right consistency, stop there don’t work it anymore because “just in case”. It’s fine enough as it is!
As I said, I practiced this bake beforehand, and my first attempt was a little on the small side. I didn’t take a picture, because…well it was practice, but as this is my “official” attempt, here’s a little sneak peek.
So, with both times, I had my family try it out, and they absolutely loved it! I even had a few myself, because they were just that good. Of course, now they’ll be a staple in my house, that is if I ever get to live on my own. I probably won’t bake them every week, but you can bet that if something else isn’t on my table, they will be.
Ok, now, whilst I love baking them, there are a few problems. The first problem is that I overbaked them. The reason why I did, was because my oven is old…very old, so it’s very temperamental. I would check up on them after the stated baking time, just to see how much more it needed to sit in the oven for, and it needed at least 5 more minutes. I checked them again, and again, it needed 5 minutes. Now, at this point, I was washing the dishes, so I was a little distracted, and forgot about the time. Granted, I only left them baking for about 2 or 3 more minutes, but you can see the difference it makes.
The second problem was that I had forgotten the egg wash before putting them in the oven. So, I’m sure part of the reason why they look so overcooked is because of that. Well…at least I’m learning. The best way to learn is to make mistakes, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be forgetting this one any time soon.
The last problem (and by no means the least) was that I probably under-measured or over-measured some of the ingredients, as the dough turned out sticky, when I’d mixed them together, so I had to add a bit more flour to the mix, just to dry it out a bit. Don’t worry, it doesn’t do much to the taste, but as someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, I tend to want to stick to exact measurements. Hopefully, the next time I bake these scones, I’ll have them perfectly made!
However, believe me when I say this, if you’re new to baking and cooking, like I am, I promise you this is an easy one to start with. You don’t have to make anything too complicated; you don’t have to heat up anything other than the oven you’re going to bake with, and there aren’t any complicated ingredients. They can be found in any supermarket or grocery store. You just have to go to the baking section or the milk and egg section to get them. It’s as easy as that!
It's Your Turn!
Well, that’s it from me, I’ll see you guys later! In the mean-time why don’t you guys try out the recipe, show me what you’ve made, send me your pictures and tell me what you think of it! I’m pretty sure yours will turn out better. Go ahead give it a try! I dare you!
If not, why don’t you check out my other blog posts, I’m sure there’s something interesting for you there! Welp, adiós!