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A truly English Recipe : sweet scones

Serve with Devonshire or Cornish clotted cream, and English strawberry jam

Good food is key to diplomacy: it helps smooth the path (Makes ten scones)

Ingredients: 

350g self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling 

a generous pinch of salt 

1 tsp baking powder 

85g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 

3 tbsp caster sugar 

175ml whole milk 

85g sultanas (optional) 

1 egg, beaten, to glaze

To serve:      Devonshire or Cornish clotted cream       English strawberry jam                                                                                      Method  Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan and put a lightly greased baking tray inside to heat up at the same time. Tip the self-raising flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, and mix to combine. Add the butter, and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine crumbs (you can do this in a food processor, but take care not to over-process the mixture). Stir in the caster sugar. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture, then add the milk and combine it quickly with a fork until you have a sticky dough. Lightly flour your work surface and tip out the dough. Sprinkle some more flour over the dough and, using floured hands, knead the dough very lightly. Work in the sultanas, if you like – to make fruit scones. Roll out the dough to a rough rectangle about 3cm thick. Dust a 5cm round pastry cutter with a little flour and cut out as many circles as you can, re-rolling the trimmings as necessary until you have used up all the dough and have 10 scones. Brush the top of each scone with a little beaten egg, trying not to let it drip down the sides (which can stop the scones rising evenly). Then, place the scones on the hot baking tray in the oven. Bake them for 12-14 minutes, until they are risen and a pale, golden brown colour. Remove the scones from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.  Eat the scones either just warm or fully cool, but as soon as possible. There is only one way to serve them: split in half and served with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. 😋


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Some different ways to cook 
  Peel
   Remove the outer covering from a fruit, vegetable.
  Slice
   Cut a thicker piece of food into slices.
  Grate  
   Rub food against a grater so it is cut it into a lot of small pieces.
  Pour
   Pour the milk, water ext. into the bowl
  Mix
   Combine food / liquid together so it becomes one.
  Whisk
   A utensil needed for whipping eggs or cream. very quickly
  Boil
   Heat a liquid until it boils.
  Fry
   Cook food in a very hot oil.
  Roll
   Rolling pin used for making pastry flat and making cake shapes.   
  Stir
   Move a spoon around in a pan in a circle.
  Simmer       
   Liquid or food just below boiling point and bubbling gently.        
  Poach
   Cook an egg in or over boiling water. Fish can also be poached.
  Bake
   Cook food without a flame, in an oven.
  Roast
   Cook meat a long time an oven or over a fire
  Grill / BBQ
   Cook food over or under heat on a metal bar or flame - usually outside
  Melt
   To heat until the solid becomes liquid
  Stir 
   Move a spoon around in a liquid  in order to mix it.
  Spread
   Food that can  be spread with a knife onto bread.
  Taste
   to eat or drink a little of what you cook

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