I had a baking urge last night, just in from visiting my mother and with an hour or so to go before settling down to watch His Dark Materials* so rustled up a batch of scones. I was still using up the apples, collected from a neighbour’s box on the street a couple of weeks ago. I reckoned there was just time to make the scones. I adapted a recipe from one my trusted recipe books.
Apple and Walnut Scones
- 250g flour (I used a mixture of wholemeal and white)
- 4tsp baking powder
- 1/2tsp salt
- 50 g margarine or butter
- 1 cooking apple (or 2 eating apples)
- 50g chopped walnuts
- 1tblsp yoghurt (you can probably leave this out if you don’t have any)
- 100 ml milk
- Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl
- rub in the butter or margarine
- Peel and grate the apple and add to the mixture
- Add the walnuts
- Mix well, using a fork
- Mix together the yoghurt and milk and add to the mixture
- Mix together until a soft dough
- Roll out gently on a floured board till about 2cm thick
- Cut out scone shapes using a cutter or similar
- Bake on a baking tray at 200C or Gas Mark 6 for about 20 minutes
I did all this, following the recipe more or less as written, while making my usual adaptations from the version in the book. I put them in the oven, taking them out after about 20 minutes and then went off to watch the programme, looking forward to a wee treat with a cup of tea afterwards. Coming back into the kitchen, I noticed that the oven was, suspiciously, still on and that there were some burnt offerings inside. The ‘taking them out’ bit was a wee oversight. I remembered then that I had put them back into the oven ‘just for a few more minutes’ and then got distracted by the adventures of Will and Lyra. These were appropriately very dark. I pondered whether they could still be eaten, perhaps as dumplings in a stew or something. Then I decided that, much though I hate food waste, the best thing to do was to discard them and make some more.
That was definitely the right decision. The second batch, photographed above were delightfully moist and still warm and perfect with a spoonful of honey and a cup of tea. They were also great the next day with a savoury dish.
*His Dark Materials has absolutely nothing to do with gardening but this series 2 of Phillip Pullman’s books is really good and so has become a fixture of our Sunday evenings.