My second post, yey! I cannot believe I am doing this, but I am loving it. Today is Sunday. The good news is that it is still weekend, the bad news is tomorrow is Monday. Our normal Sunday routine is taking the boys to swimming lesson in the morning and then lunch and then nap time. After nap, we do something together, either cooking, craft or outing to the park or go for a train ride. This Sunday is different. I hosted a get together with some of my high school girlfriends of more than 14 years. Since I became a mum, I do not get to go to most catch-up events the girls organised. So I decided to invite them to my place and had some afternoon tea. I was very excited about today as I haven’t seen and had any long chat with them for ages. The girls offered to bring in some snacks and I would provide tea and some sweets.
I have decided to bake some scones as they sound easy and do not take so much effort. Yep this is my first time baking scones. I love eating them but I just never had a chance to make them myself. So this is it. I googled for scones recipes using Thermomix as I have the luxury to own one. I found this recipe from the Thermomix community called “The best ever scones” and has a lot of good reviews and the recipe is very simple. Less than one minute in the machine, I got the dough ready to shape into scones. My four year old Eric was helping me cutting the scones and place them on the baking tray. While the scones were cooking in the oven, I started laying out the plates and tea pots and cups for the high tea. I got some daffodils from the nursery yesterday and it made a perfect centrepiece.
The scones came out so perfect, light and golden and delicious. They were the best scones I have ever eaten. Being fresh from the oven made them even tastier. They were served with jam and fresh thick cream, yes I was lazy and did not have time to whip it. I also baked some short breads the weekend before so I reheat them in the warm oven. I also made some Japanese steam cakes earlier this morning. The tea I used was jasmine green tea from T2. The girls and my boys and I really enjoyed the scones and everything else. It was such a good catch up.
Below is the extract of the recipe for the scones from the Thermomix Community, although it could be easily made without thermomix. Happy scones making and let me know how you go.
Recipe for best ever scones
Made: 12 scones
Time: 15 mins preparation, 10-15 mins baking time
What you need:
400g self raising flour
20g butter at room temperature
extra flour for dusting
extra milk for glazing
1- Preheat oven to 220 degree Celsius
2- Line baking tray with baking paper
3- Place flour and butter in the thermomix bowl and mix for 8 to 10 seconds on speed 9 until bread crumb consistency. For non-thermomix, place flour and butter in the food processor and turn on high speed for 8 to 10 seconds until bread crumb consistency
4- Place the rest of the ingredients in the mix and mix for 5 to 10 seconds on speed 4 till the mixture is combined. For non-thermomix, turn on medium speed for 5 to 10 seconds
5 – lightly knead the mixture till all well combined. For thermomix, knead for 30 seconds on interval speed
6 – Pour dough mixture onto well floured surface and lightly pat dough into 3cm thickness. NOTE: dough will be very light and sticky – this is ok
7 – Cut into rounds with scone cutters (or any round shapes. I do not have scones cutter so I used my baby formula bottle lid)
8 – Place scones together (touching each other) on to lined oven tray
9 – Glaze with a little milk and bake in a very hot oven at 220 degrees celsious for 10 to 15 mins. For my oven, it took 10 mins and I had to rotate my tray half time
10 – Cool in a clean tea towel on a wire rack
Happy afternoon tea!