A few recipes from Ruth
With the pandemic and cold, wintery days outside, sometimes it is comforting to get warm in the kitchen! here are a few recipes to beat the cold:
(1) Pancakes: a different version of the basic recipe:
1 tbsp custard powder
3 tbsps self-raising flour
pinch salt1 tsp oil (salad oil)
about 1/2 pt milk
lemon flavouring (optional)
Mix dry ingredients together and lemon flavouring
Make a well in the centre.
Pour in a little milk, gradually stir in flour, adding up to half the milk.
Beat for 5 mins.
Stir in more milk to make a smooth batter.
Let the batter stand for one hour or longer.
Fry in cooking fat. (marg.).
(2) Buttermilk Scones
6 oz plain flour
2 oz caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb. of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 oz soft butter
8 fl. oz buttermilk (250 ml)
Oven temp: 220o C Baking: 12 mins.
1. Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Add room temp. butter and cut the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles dry breadcrumbs.
3. Add the buttermilk and mix. (The dough will be a little moist.)
4. Roll half the dough into a ball and flatten on a floured surface.
5. Cut into 6 pcs. with a scone cutter (or simply cut into wedges.)
6. Repeat with the remaining dough.
7. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 mins. (You can brush buttermilk on top and sprinkle with sugar before baking, if desired.
(3) Spicy Buns
Oven temp: 200oC : Baking: 10-15 mins.
1 lb flour
2 oz marg/butter
1 1/2 oz sugar
1 tsp. spice
1 oz yeast
2 oz currants
a little candied peel
1/4- – 1/2 pt milk (or 1/2 milk & water). The mixture shouldn’t be too moist).
1) Mix together sieved four, salt and spice.
2) Rub in fat, add currants and peel.
3) Cream yeast and sugar together and add warmed milk.
4) Mix into dry ingredients.
5) Make a soft dough and leave in a warm place to rise double its size. (About 1/2 hr).
6) When risen, kneed on floured board.
7) Form into rounds. (If used for Easter, mark each with a cross on top).
8) Leave to rise again for about 20 mins.
9) Bake in a hot oven 10-15 mins.