‘Scouwn’ or ‘scon’? That is the eternal question. Well for me it has always been a ‘scon’.
Tasty, simple and highly dependable, while other fancy trends such as the macaron and the cupcake have come and gone, this most traditional of teatime treats has remained strong, sitting proudly at the top of many a fancy cake stand alongside its two steadfast chums, the noble cream and the humble jam.
I have tried many different scone recipes over the years- some use milk but no eggs, some require a glaze and some are savoury and some are sweet.
Now even though I make a lot of sweet things, truth be told, I am really much more of a savoury girl at heart. This is why I thought scones would be a perfect opportunity to feature my first savoury bake.
The weekend before last the annual Cake and Bake show came to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, and what a treat it was. As soon as I walked through the doors I was like a kid in a candy shop, quite literally. There were pies, pastries, meringues, chocolates and one hell of a lot of cake!
This particular recipe is inspired by the scrumptious potted puds made by a company called Pots & Co. For those of you that haven’t heard of them, let me tell you that in my humble opinion they definitely outdo Gu in making the yummiest shop bought puddings around. They have a delicious range including Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramelised Apple Crumble and Lemon and Lime Posset.
Moreover they all come in lovely array of different coloured ramekins that you get to keep and then reuse for recipes such as this one.
Shortbread is great. It’s so simple to make, goes well with a cuppa and most importantly it lasts forever in the old biscuit tin.
This particular recipe was passed on to me from my Mum and I think I remember her saying that she got it from one of her Women’s Institute cookbooks. It is really easy to add different things to the dough, such as lemon zest or chocolate chips. However in this instance I decided to go with something a little bit unusual and make my shortbread lavender flavoured.
Girl decides that unhealthy carbohydrate consumption is getting out of hand.
Therefore girl buys carrots to make a hearty and nutritious soup.
Carrots get turned into cake.