Now simple means different things to different people.
I just knew this friend wasn't going to "rub in the butter", or for that matter even "cut in the butter", and unfortunately that is the basic step to making scones.
Sometimes I wish I could put an apron on this particular bachelor, get him in the kitchen (and preferably away from the distraction of his two cats) and persuade him to try actually doing a bit of baking for a change.
Anyway, I thought about this at length.
Perhaps he would be amenable to the idea of actually purchasing a pastry blender ... ?
That was almost immediately dismissed from my mind. Not.
How about a picture of one, so that he would know what to look for?
Can't imagine that!
So I just thought some more ...
I ultimately arrived at this, an easy scone recipe that is dedicated to my dear friend and bachelor extraordinaire, Colin Stewart, otherwise known as the Epigramman.
I know he will appreciate it because the method is completely non-conformist!
It will offend the purists among us, but I like this so much it will be my preferred recipe from this point on!
The finished product is not as pretty as a cut out scone, but the rustic look, the delicate texture, the crisp little outside peaks and valleys, and most of all, the taste are excellent.
1/3 cup canola or grapeseed oil, (or come to think of it, whatever oil you may have, except used!)
3/4 cup milk
Use a fork, and mix these together, trying to keep the liquid all in the 2-cup measure.
DRY STUFF ...
2 cups all purpose flour (I measured into a 4 cup measuring cup for this. That becomes your mixing bowl.)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
Couple of other things needed ...
One for liquids, to measure the oil and milk in the centre.
One that stays dry to measure the flour.
Preheat your oven to 450° F
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Take a deep breath, and pour the whole lot of liquid over the dry ingredients.
Mix with your couchara, just until the liquid is absorbed. It will look rough and lumpy, but don't worry, it's going to be perfect!
Make mounds of batter on your baking sheet. I got seven out of this batch.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
The bottom and top should be a nice, delicate golden brown.
Serve ... Eat ... Enjoy!
The purpose of this recipe!
This one doesn't count, but if you have not been a contributor to our wonderful fund raising M&M books, you have a great opportunity to alter that now!
The Mysterious and Miraculous team are waiting for more simple recipes to be donated for this wonderful cause so please visit the Legacy Archives Foundation website, take the time to get familiar with their volunteer efforts and prepare to be inspired!
Thanks a bunch for answering the call to help those struggling to find time or reasons for cooking! The deadline for our competition entries is July 31 2014. Details are on this post. The plan is to develop and publish a cookbook of simple recipes, and 70% of all proceeds from this will go to K9s For Wounded Warriors Project/Rescue.
Wishing you all a great forthcoming weekend. And if you get a chance, please don't forget to thank a veteran.
That's it for now!