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.
This time I’ll share a great recipe with you guys. Its a clotted cream apple cake, which I made during my Devon holidays. I was very happy with the result and I will bake the cake often. Try the recipe if you have time, its truely worth it. In Switzerland I use sour cream instead of the clotted cream, because I don’t know where to find it here… I even thought about making clotted cream by myself.
For the pastry: But all ingredients in a bowl and knead everything together. Let the pastry cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Grease a spring form pan and preheat the oven to 180°c. Press the pastry into the pan and make an edge.
For the topping: Peel the apples and cut them into slices. Mix together the egg, sugar, flour, cinnamon and the clotted cream. Add the apple slices and put everything into the pan.
For the streusel: Knead all ingredients together and crumble the slightly moist dough into small streusel. Spread the streusel onto the apples. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
I’m back from my autumn holidays, which I spend with my family in Devon. We stayed in a holiday cottage around Noss Mayo, a village in the South West of Devon. We had a wonderful view into the green and we could also see the Dartmoor. The weather was perfect, very sunny and almost never rain. If it rained then in the morning or during the night. We spend most of the time outside walking or visiting villages or towns. On the top of my list is Dartmouth, a town with charm and character. I also love Modbury, the first plastic bag free town in the UK! And I can also recommend a walk in the Dartmoor. I’ll just show you some foggy pictures, others will follow later.
All these pictures are from around our cottage. I love foggy weather in the UK, its a kind of mystic and its very adventurous. You might have found out that I’m absolutely in love with the British countryside.