I know we are only at the end of February but man I am feeling all the spring vibes at the moment. It’s like the second the sun is out I wanna be super productive. Like Hey – I have been hibernating all winter, but I’m awake now and I just wanna get all the stuff done. Paint the house – No problem! Gardening – No problem! Marie Kondo the shit out of my wardrobe – hell yes! Cook all my meals from scratch – move over Mary Berry, because I am the queen baker!
You catch my drift…. After we left London I have been obsessing over perfectly made fluffy, buttery scones. The boyfriend keeps raving about how his nan makes the best scones, and well, I can’t have that..
Sunday also marks ‘Fastelavn’ in Scandinavia and here in Norway we celebrate by stuffing our faces with ‘Fastelavn bun’ (also known in English as “shrovetide bun” or “lenten bun”), a round sweet roll usually covered with a dusting of icing sugar and filled with a variation whipped creams sometimes accompanied with jam. Not too dissimilar to tradition english scones. So if you are Norwegian and reading this, why not try making Yasmine’s basic buttery scones instead and mix things up a little?
Yasmine’s basic buttery scones – The recipe
If you can’t get a hold of self-rising flour – you want to start with making some home made stuff. It’s super easy to make, and does make all the difference!
Homemade self-rising flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Stir or sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Voila! You have self-rising flour!
Yasmine’s basic buttery scones
450g of your homemade self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
120g butter cold and in pieces
a little milk
I am not great at keeping measurements… I kinda just adjust and wing it when I am cooking.. SAWY! So you might want to adjust based on your oven, flour, size of eggs, butter etc
Preheat your oven to 220C/200C Fan and cover two baking trays with baking paper. (my oven runs very hot, so I have mine on 180C, you might want to adjust according to your ovnen)
Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add the cubed butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Crack eggs into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make the total of liquid 300ml/10fl oz. Stir the egg and milk into the flour – you want your dough to be soft and sticky so you might not need all the liquid. Try to save around 50ml for later.
Dust your work surface with flour as well as your rolling pin. Knead lightly. Roll out to a rectangle about 2cm thick.
Cut into as many rounds as possible with a round 5cm cutter and place them on the prepared baking trays. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg and milk mixture left in the jug.
Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the scones are well risen and a pale, golden-brown colour. Lift onto a wire rack to cool. Eat as fresh as possible.
To serve, split the scones and serve with strawberry jam on the plain scones along with a good dollop of clotted cream.
If you want to serve your scones at a later date, freeze as soon as they cool and defrost in microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
I say I love a lot of things, I love my boyfriend, I love my family, I love my friends but I most of all I REALLY love food. Mexican food in particular. (It’s not Xmas without mom’s enchiladas!) Seafood is also really high up there too. So I thought I would share with you the easiest fish tacos ever 🙂 Just look at these bad boys, how could you not?!
We are finally here people – the first food post of 2018 and it’s a veggie one! Can you believe it?! I can! I really regret not posting this before, because it’s just so tasty but its also a perfect January recipe. Cheap, healthy and perfect for those of you doing veganuary! It really is the best ever chickpea wrap – middle eastern style!
Its Christmas here in Norway today to but I thought I would just give you one last DIY Christmas idea for those of you who are running on a last minute schedule.
Keeping up with my DIY Christmas tradition and already sharing some Norwegian goodies with you, I thought I would share some more! Having never really been a huge fan of raisins, Norwegian Christmas bread seems to be the exception! The bread is sweet, soft, full of flavor and above all? Super duper easy to make!
The closer I get to Christmas, the more I crave Christmas food and for the first time ever I am craving mince pies. Don’t ask me why, I have always thought of them as these dry, tasteless raisin filled fake cupcakes that belong nowhere near a Christmas table. Give me a Norwegian Kakemenn any day!
I also love making my own Christmas presents, and this year I think it might just be Kakemenn 😉
Like the English weather, I too am not entirely ready to let go of summer. I mean yes I do want chunky knits and hearty stews but I also still want tanned skin, summer dresses, and fresh salads. Korean beef salad has become our happy medium, the fact that it’s towards the healthy side helps too.
I’m sorry if this post’s heading made you drool but come on, can you think of anything tastier than mushrooms stuffed with pesto AND cheese?! I kinda died when I came across this recipe. I mean ALL THE CHEESE, and pesto and mushrooms and pine nuts and seriously I could eat it all.
Happy Tuesday Ssasspots! Hope you’ve all had a lovely bank holiday weekend 🙂
I know there has been a lot of food related content on the blog recently, but that’s the great thing about being a lifestyle blogger. I’m sharing parts of my everyday life, and if you know me, you know food is a huge part of my life! Another little guilty pleasure of mine is baking, and although I have never allowed myself to get swept up by GBBO (that done by choice btw, I’d be glued to the tv if I did!) I thought I would get you all warmed up with a little treat seeing as the new season starts in an hour!
When it comes to smoothie making, I’m not gonna lie I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are MILLIONS of smoothie recipes out there and they are getting more and more complex. Like I don’t have a stash of flax seed just chilling around… Nor do I always have a variety of non-dairy milk kicking about in the fridge and I can pretty much guarantee you that if we buy bananas, they don’t make it to the freezer.
So, If you’re feeling the same – this post my dears is for you!
Where has the weekend gone? Although I am not complaining, I’m a sucker for a chilled Sunday snuggled under a blanket binging Netflix! As I am typing this, I am just polishing off the last piece of cake from last weeks event. You might have seen it over on my Instagram, or twitter. I mean it’s kinda difficult to ignore this bad boy – and as a little treat, I have included the recipe at the end of the post – The Ice Dream Cake!
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