Chorizo, Bell Pepper + Sweetcorn Scones

 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! Let’s take a deep breath in the midst of sugar season. We need some things up our sleeve. Palate cleansers. Salty bites to break through the madness. Love it though we do. Scones are great way to give yourself some time out. They come together so quickly and you can go to town with flavours. These babies are packed with salty spicy chorizo and a few veges. And cheese. Always cheese. A bright bit of respite. More Christmas goodness is coming later in the week. For now we can have a snack while we plan our assault on the holiday season.

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Sundried Tomato, Feta + Pinenut Scones

 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I tried to make you a cake. But it’s not 100% yet. It will be here later in the week or next week. I promise. In the meantime let’s have a salty satisfying snack. Rocking two kinds of cheese. Umami rich sundried tomatoes. Golden pinenuts. All great friends getting together in these easy peasy scones. A scone is a great vehicle for all sorts of flavours. Once you’ve got the method down they’re so quick to whip up for a warm tasty lunch or snack. I wasn’t always good at them. But every time they were better than the last time. Keep practicing. And keep trying new flavours. Make sure your butter and milk are very cold before you start. Choose a firm feta cheese so that your chunks won’t be obliterated when you are bringing the dough together.

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Earl Grey + Raspberry Scones

 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 1 Hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! We’ve all been there. Made a cup of tea. Been distracted. Come back to find it cold and unappealing. Instead of tipping it down the sink, make yourself something delicious. Grab some berries from the freezer and throw together these delicious scones. A cup of tea and a snack in one go. With a little lemon drizzle. Which improves everything. The raspberries will make these scones a little less structurally sound but it’s worth it for the bursts of bright flavour.

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Date + Orange Scones

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies!I love a good scone. Fluffy and warm. Not too sweet. And they come together in a flash. What’s not to like? It’s important not to skimp on the dates here. No one likes to be cheated.  This recipe has been knocking around for a while. An old workmate of mine (hi Cath!) asked for it a looong time ago and I clearly took my sweet time getting around to it. Do as I say, not as I do. Make them now. No mucking around.

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My Mother’s Scones

 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy when you know how

My memories of scones are always craggy squares just baked in time for lunch. They were never big. You need to be able to have a variety of toppings on multiple scones. Simple and perfectly executed. Sometimes they were flavoured. Cheese beloved by all. Date beloved by my father and I but detested by my mother. Today I felt like making something simple and adaptable. Now that I have mastered the scone and have learned a few tricks I should make them more often than I do. This recipe is the exact recipe that was copied down by me onto an index card when I left home. With a liiiitle bit more butter. Because reasons. Fluffy comforting perfection. For the Americans, these are closer to what you would consider a biscuit rather than a richer, more embellished scone. Scones get better with practice. But with only 4 ingredients and taking only a few minutes to prepare it’s no biggie. If you’re not 100% happy that’s what whipped cream is for… NO ONE will complain about getting warm fresh scones on a Sunday morning even if you wish they were taller or browner or whatever-er.

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Blue Cheese + Walnut Scones

 Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 45 Minutes | Difficulty : Moderate

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Scones have always been one of my baking Achilles heels – for some reason I just couldn’t make a great scone. I kept coming back to it and learning more about technique and trying again until I had mastered the dark art of scone making. Turns out that knowing a few important tricks and getting some practice in is all it takes!

The scone part of this recipe is a great all-purpose one – if you’re unsure about scones, try it a couple of times to build your confidence. The great thing is there aren’t any fancy expensive ingredients so if things go a bit wonky there’s no harm done. Plain scones are excellent, especially slathered with jam and whipped cream, but loading them up with cheese and nuts takes them to a whole new level. I first tried this moreish combo to go with pumpkin soup one evening and absolutely loved it. Sharp blue cheese and sweet walnuts are great together.

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