Follow:
Monthly Archives

February 2019

    Food

    Yasmine’s basic buttery scones

    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!

    Yasmine's basic buttery scones

    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

    Yasmine's basic buttery scones

    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

    Ingredients

    • 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

    Ingredients

    • 450g of your homemade self-raising flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 50g sugar
    • 120g butter cold and in pieces
    • 2 eggs
    • 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

    Yasmine's basic buttery scones

    Method

    1. 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)
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Dust your work surface with flour as well as your rolling pin. Knead lightly. Roll out to a rectangle about 2cm thick.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.

    Yasmine's basic buttery scones

    Now enjoy! 😀

    Lifestyle

    The office tour

    You see the trouble with home renovations folks is that when you are perfectionist like me, they are never freaking ending.

    The office tour

    For months I have been dying to show you all our new home, the before, the afters, and all of the in between but alas instead I have avoided blogging and sharing all together. So here we are, approximately 8 months since my last blog post with nothing really substantial to show for. Well thats a lie, I have loads to show, but nothing that is finished.

    Our bathroom drawers are still missing handles, our kitchen cabinets have yet to be painted, the living room is missing pictures on the wall and dont even get me started on the bedroom.

    So in an attempt to tie up the shortest of the loose ends, I figured the best place to start was with an office tour. Mostly because that is basically the only room that is almost done…

    The office tour

    I obviously didn’t have enough foresight to tidy up around the desk before taking these pictures…. Ignore the wood chip blocks and the electric cables..

    See what I mean?! Perfectionist…

    Anyway….When it comes to home renovations, we are have tried to keep the cost down to minimum so a lot of what we have used has been bought second hand or from our favourite place on earth – IKEA’s Bargain corner! The floating shelf was actually brought with us from London!

    The office tour

    The desk cost us roughly £2 – the desk top is actually the top of a chest of drawers, and the legs we found in the loft.

    The office tour

    Our gold wall grid is old chicken fence wire leftover from when there were rabbits in the garden, found in the garage and spray painted gold. In hindsight, it would have been cheaper to just buy a gold wall grid because spray paint is expeeeensive.

    The office tour

    Heres to hoping it will get the creative juices flowing and it wont be 8 months until the next blog post…

Warning: Use of undefined constant custom_pagination - assumed 'custom_pagination' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /customers/6/d/6/msgonzalezblogs.com/httpd.www/wp-content/themes/alexandra/archive.php on line 43
Translate »