Thursday, November 21, 2013

Comfort food on a cold day - Cheesy Scones

 I've been enjoying my roses around the house.   All too soon they will be past their best...
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 I treated myself to Ree's 3rd book - it is stuffed full of good food, some recipes I hope to use over Christmas.  Her recipes are naughty though - imagine whipped mashed potatoes which have cream cheese, cream and butter in them!  Heart attack city!
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 I've been married for 27 years and have never owned or used a pastry blender.  Such a good tool - no more rubbing in butter and getting it all under my fingernails.   It was all blended in no time...
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 We are back to cold weather today - 15C - so I thought I'd knock up some little savoury scones at lunch time.  This is actually the recipe I used to make dumplings to go on top of a casserle I made a while back.
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 Cheesey Scones/Dumplings
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1 cup SR flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
25 gms butter, softened
salt and pepper to taste
25gms parmesan cheese, grated
sprinkle of dried parsley or chives (or use fresh)
not quite 1/2 cup milk to make the dough
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Rub the butter into the flour and baking powder, add in the cheese and parsley, s & p then make a dough, cutting through the mixture with a knife until it comes together.  Turn out onto a floured surface and gentry form into a ball.  Press down with your fingers until it is about 1/2 inch thick and cut into rounds or what ever shape you like.  Brush with milk.
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This does only make a small batch (eg. enough to top a casserole) so you might like to double the batch if you are doing scones.
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Bake in a 190C oven for about 12 minutes, rotating half way through cooking.
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I didn't have fresh bread at lunch time, so these hit the spot nicely and they were really good as dumplings covering a casserole.  Quick and easy and satisfying...
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6 comments:

  1. Those scones look delicious, they'd go well with pumpkin soup. I've never seen a pastry blender. I'm putting one of those on my Christmas list. Which is the best shop to purchase one from?
    Anne xx

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    1. Yes, Anne, I was wishing I had some nice soup to dunk them in!

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  2. yummy but i havent heard of a pastry blender,can i ask where you got yours from Joolz.xx

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    1. Any good homewares store that sells spatulas, spoons etc should have them. Mine is Cookwell brand and I think it was about $14.

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  3. Melt in the mouth cheesy buttery scones. Good for a dinner side too. My hands get over worked and dry, a pastry blender would be helpful. What a good idea.

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  4. I have never even seen or heard of a pastry blender...now I want one :) Your cones look delicious! xx

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