Showing posts with label scone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scone. Show all posts

Monday, 30 October 2017

Apple & carrot scones: a vegan, soya free recipe

Vegan apple scones are a firm favourite here. A super quick bake, that requires no special equipment, it's boosted with some chopped apple and sneakily grated carrot. Harry loves them as a post-nursery snack, and I love them deveganised - slathered with butter and topped with some extra-mature cheese.

Our apple tree is just about finished for this year - a hefty bout of insomnia meant I dispatched most of my apples off to the inlaws as despite my love for Apple Butter, the thought of making it or much else felt entirely overwhelming. Somewhat randomly this left me with two cookers, and these scones were the perfect way to use one of them up.

Vegan apple and carrot scones

Dairy free, egg free, vegan
Serves 8


1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
8oz self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2oz dairy free butter - I used Vitalite
2oz caster sugar
1/4 pint dairy free milk - I used blue Oatly
1oz demerera sugar


Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt
Rub in the dairy-free butter
Stir in the caster sugar, chopped apple and grated carrot
Add the milk slowly (you might not need it all) to make a soft dough
Line a baking sheet with some parchment paper and put the dough on it
Shape into a large round that's about half an inch thick. You don't need a rolling pin, just press the dough out gently.
Use a knife to gently score the circle of dough into eight sections. Don't cut completely through
Sprinkle the demerera sugar on top
Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes

Leave to cool a little, but these are just lovely served warm.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The flowers of spring: what's coming up on the blog

I do love M's parents, they came for dinner the other week and brought me primroses. Hurrah for flowers.

I know the last few weeks on the blog have been a bit dull, much as I don't pay too much attention to my stats, the numbers have been steadily dropping, so I thought I'd just do a bit of signposting so you know I haven't completely given up and hibernated.

This week I'm off for a cookery evening at Leiths and following that, there will be a giveaway of a hamper of Asda Extra Special goodies just for readers of the blog. I'm going to tie that into some subsription options now that Google Reader is no more for those of you not on Blogspot blogs.

I've promised myself that I'm going to get some scones made today, using our Division Commissioner's infamous recipe. And not just because the cream will go off otherwise.

Continuing the Guiding feel, I've got a couple of picture posts of the Guides and Brownies using some Baker Ross craft packs for Mothering Sunday and Easter. Lots of fun was had by all (I was just sad they haven't left any for me!)

Also, I've got another Activity plan for your units - homemade (no-cook) sweets suitable for Brownies to make with supervision and assistance, and for older Guides to lead younger Guides in. Ideal presents for any opportunity that arises (we made them at Brownies for Mothering Sunday).

And lastly, I completely failed to blog my birthday cake which was yummy, so I'm adapting the recipe slightly to make it a Simnel cake. Ideally that would have been made already but as I have no need to prove my suitability as a wife - unless anyone's asking? I'm shucking the bonds of patriarchy (or something like that) and making it when I have some time this week or next.

So that's what's coming up over the coming weeks. Stay tuned...

Friday, 2 March 2012

Welsh Cakes: The activity plan

For reference, Guides are aged 10 – 14

Break the girls up into Patrols/ groups of 6-8

Scone cutter/ or a clean cup or mug
Fat to grease your pan (butter on a piece of kitchen towel)
Said pan: skillet, heavy based frying pan
rolling pin
Mixing bowl
Pallette knife/ fish slice
Clean hands


8oz plain flour
4oz butter (Basics/ Economy butter is perfect)
3-4oz caster sugar
4-5oz dried fruit (optional)
1 egg
1/2 tsp sweet mixed/ cake spice

This makes about 24 Welsh cakes, so ideal for a Patrol of 6-8 girls
If doing this with Guides it is an ideal Patrol cooking activity for the summer months. Unlike pasta the fire doesn’t need to be kept burning for too long, so for new girls to making a cooking fire this is a great introduction to outdoor cooking.


Set your fire – usual way, get at least one metal fire bucket of water by you, turf your spot/ use a fireplace, collect your wood, start with punk, build up with small sticks/ twigs and get bigger as it establishes. Make sure this is somewhere safe and that you have a leader with you to supervise.

Wash your hands
Put the butter and flour in the mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour until your mixture resembles breadcrumbs (like you’re making a crumble)
Add the sugar and fruit
Add the egg and mix relatively gently with your hands until it comes together as a ball of dough
Flour the worktop/ a table
Roll out until about 1cm thick and cut out as many circles as you can (with the cup, mug or scone cutter) before re-rolling the trimmings and repeating until you have used up all your dough
Grease your pan with some spare butter on a piece of kitchen towel
Put the welsh cakes on the pan and every minute or two turn them over until the texture changes from scone like to a soft biscuit - try to avoid them burning, but they need to be quite dark in colour

Serve as soon as they're cool enough to touch with squash for threesies, or with a cup of tea or coffee for your leaders!

These will keep in an airtight container for a few days – that said, I’ve never known them too!

Safety notes:

Please make sure that the girls are well supervised
Fire buckets of water, for burns and to put out the fire
Pot holders – thick fabric pieces to hold a pan with
If you oil the bottom of the pan before using it over the fire, it’ll clean more easily

This way is best for Brownies/ younger Guides

You can do this indoors with Brownies or Guides as a St David’s Day activity, or when you’ve planned outdor cooking, but the elements are against you!

A sturdy pan is best, but I did mine yesterday with a plain old non stick frying pan and it worked fine. Keep your heat on the halfway point or slightly lower.

Usual kitchen safety rules/ washing up apply.
Extra ideas

·         Why not set a challenge/ treasure hunt to be completed successfully to win a bagged, weighed portion of the ingredients if you’re doing this as part of a weekend away?
·         Baden Powell girls could lead/ organise this as a cooking competition for one of their challenges – they could set the challenges for the other girls to get their ingredients – and ask leaders to supervise the fires/ cooking
·         If you’re doing this as part of St David’s Day celebrations, why not try finding out why these are called Welsh Cakes?


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