Scones are the new ‘bread’ – well, at least they are in my house.
I’ve been eating them for a few weeks as a kind of bread-substitute, partly because I never seem to have fresh bread when I need it, and also although I try hard not to waste any food, bread seems to be a tricky one to get the balance right and achieve ‘zero waste’ in the kitchen.
Scones are quick, easy and fun to make, and I reckon they’re good value for money too. They can be made from basic ingredients everyone has in the house: flour, butter, eggs and milk. You can add different flavours to them too – this is a batch I made yesterday, with either added sultanas or grated cheese, but you can be as adventurous as you want. This batch will last me a week, and (unlike bread) they freeze REALLY well!
I really like the cheese ones dunked into hot soup (who isn’t eating soup these days?) and the fruit scones I have as a kind of cake-equivalent if I’m craving sugar and am trying to avoid going into full-cake-mode.
The reason I’m writing about this is, again, because of the panic-shoppers. Many people, myself and my daughter included, had considered making bread at this time but haven’t been able to do so – dried yeast seems to have become a scarcity, and you can only buy one bag of flour at a time. My daughter, unable to buy yeast at present, is currently experimenting with making sourdough, a bread which doesn’t require yeast. Meanwhile, I’m more hesitant and am a bit worried about using a whole bag of flour to make a yeast-free type of bread which could go horribly wrong due to me never making it before. So I’m playing safe with scones for the time being. I will be looking at sourdough and soda bread when I get bored of scones.
A good basic recipe is here, Mary Berry’s scones from the BBC Food website, which is a great source of ideas and all things yummy. This recipe would make around 12-14 decent sized scones. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tea_time_scones_77839
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