Although the weather is still abnormally cold, we must not forget that spring is coming up and we must welcome spring with both arms. As someone who loves mochi very much reminded / inspired me, the arrival of spring can represent the unpacking of spring/ summer clothes. Oh wait, perhaps it is the perfect time to buy more summer clothes in welcoming the sizzling hot summer? Spring please come sooner and take the cold away!!! … Anyhow, spring to me represent the start of something new, the start of a new year, the start of new adventures, the start of a new search for love or new sparks in existing relationships. Actually, you don’t need spring as an excuse for new sparks in a relationship, you should treat everyday like the first day spring! What strikes me first when it comes to spring is its association with flowers for obvious reason … spring, warmth, reborn, growth and life; so it is perfect to do some baking with them!
An exclusive to she.tastes, I tried to bake scones for the very first time! The result wasn’t perfect but hey it was my first time, I just need more practices! The recipe i followed is based on traditional English scones which are more towards to dry and hard side without the heavy use of butter.
The following recipe makes 10 scones:
- 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 stick (80g?) of cold unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups of whole milk
- a handful of rose pedals as you wish
- some honey
Step 1 - Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
Step 2 - cut the butter into smaller pieces and vlend them into the flour mix. Use your hand and fingers if necessary to mix them so the butter and flour result similar to “coarse meal” / oat meals?
Step 3 - pour the milk into the mixture and mix well. Not that I used this Japanese milk with 3.6% milk fat. why? because the higher the milk fat the better!
Step 4 – Transfer the semi-dough onto a floured surface and knead until it turn into a truly dough form. During your kneading, add in the rose pedals. DO NOT OVER-KNEAD, I think I made this mistake sigh …
Step 5 - Roll out the dough until about 0.5 inch thick and USE A COOKIE CUTTER or some sort to cut out the shape. I did not use a proper CUTTER so … highly recommend you to use one please! Place them onto a slightly buttered baking sheet and about 1″ apart.
Step 6 – apply some honey on the top of the scones and then bake them for about 20 mins at 222-230C.
Step 7 – let it cool down for about 5 mins before plating! my favorite part! woohoo!
As I mentioned, the result was slightly off but give me some time and I will make a better batch! trust me on that! Rose Macarons next as well???? yeah!