I really love to eat scones, they always remind me of our Devon holidays. We often ate scones after a long walk along the sea. Missing Devon so badly, I tried out different scones recipes, but none of them satisfied me. Finally I stumbled over the National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, which we bought at the beautiful Lanhydrock House, and found the perfect scones recipe: Devon Scones. For me it was the first one which was similar to the scones we ate in the UK and they don’t have the common soda after taste.
The English jam and the clotted cream I found in Zurich at a food stand in the marked hall “Viadukt”. I was so surprised that they sell clotted cream that I immediately had to buy one jar. (regardless of how overpriced it was ;-))
Devon Scones-The Farmhouse Cookbook
250gr. plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp caster sugar
Sieve the dry ingredients together. Rub in the butter. Stir in the milk to make a soft, slightly sticky dought.
Flour your hands and a work surface and press the dough together. Roll out to about 2cm thick and use a 5cm round cutter to cut scones. Place on a lightly floured baking tray and bake at 220°C for 10 minutes.
So far the weather was too hot for my long baking list I made for this holidays, but luckily today is a rainy day! I baked whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, drunk a hot chocolate and read a lot. Sounds cozy right? I’d like to share with you the recipe and my currently favorite books.
These three books are my favourites at the moment. They’re real spellbinder. I’m a huge fan of historical novels with brave women as the main characters. The order has nothing to do with the ranking.
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
The Silent Governess also from Julie Klassen (I’m currently reading this book)
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
180 grams dark chocolate chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F. ( ca. 175° Celsius)
Cream together in a large bowl the butter, peanut butter and sugar. Add the vanilla sugar and eggs and mix until the batter is light in color, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the flour, salt and the baking soda. And last add the chocolate and mix well.
Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a baking sheet and press them flat if you want. Bake for 10 minutes.