Saturday, 25 April 2009

what cool weather does to you

I'm blaming it on the autumn weather that I got all inspired and Martha Stewart-like this morning to make scones and chai. This is the first time I've made scones and haven't failed. One batch I made a few years ago turned out to be rock hard and another last year had this horrid baking powder taste. This batch tasted good thanks to Stephanie and her basic recipe. What would an Aussie kitchen be without Steph's book? Actually she scared me a little when I was reading the recipe. She says her sister swears you should be able to have a batch of scones in and out of the oven and on the table from the minute you hear your front gate squeak. She has got to be kidding. They take 12 mins in the oven so you'd have to be living on a very large block of land with a long way from the gate to your front door for this to happen.

I got to use my new green cup and saucer set (yes, from ikea). I love drinking chai on a cool, rainy day. The scones are a bit rough looking as I don't own a scone cutter. Didn't stop me from going back for more though.

12 comments:

  1. Hey, nice new blog header.
    Nice looking scones. Planning to come to Melbourne for design market in June - hopefully - so bake me a batch then.
    Scone cutter - top and tail a small tin, one of thoe little baked bean tins or (in our house) chickpea tins. Walah. Scone cutter.

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  2. I know what you mean. It's raining here too and I am drinking chai, eating warm toast and butter, reading your post and admiring the green cup and saucer.

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  3. Hey great scone cutter tip Kate - thanks!
    Priya- the cup and saucer look ok but don't have the handmade feel I usually go for in ceramics. But the cup does hold a nice big portion of chai.

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  4. Yum - might whip up a batch tomorrow!

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  5. What would Martha say about you not owning a scone cutter?

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  6. and here we thought it was just us... there's no doubt that nothing brings out the home-baker more than a bout of wintry weather!
    We're so envious of your own little Devonshire tea party that we're going to have to try out some scones this week YOU HAVE INSPIRED US!!!

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  7. Gosh HML if I've managed to inspire you this week then my work here is done :)

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  8. Great cup and saucer. I use a regular drinking glass as my scone cutter. I know Martha would disapprove of my non-proper equipment. Scones are the best, I like mine with homemade lemon curd and cream.

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  9. I just use a knife - so unsophisticated...

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  10. I'm loving all these amazing scone cutter tips. Martha - eat your heart out!

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  11. Ohhh... they do look like good scones. I haven't tried any in my new oven (and I know you understand how exciting it is to have an oven when you move back to Australia), but will have to soon.

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