Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Day 215 - Using the Scone Mix


I couldn't let the weekend go by without trying out one of the packs of scone mix, much to Lovely Hubby's delight as he's a complete scone addict.

To save even more money I didn't use the 10fl oz of milk the pack said, I simply added a tablespoon of dried milk powder to the mix and then added water.  I held back a couple of spoonfuls of the dry mix to put on the work top instead of using some of my flour too.


Also there was no wastage or fiddly bits to roll and re-roll because I simply shaped the dough into an oval with my hands and then cut it into six.  Which means less washing up too :-)

They were delicious, and we served them with homemade jam, a couple of halved strawberries on each half scone and a squirt of squirty cream.  What a lovely way to end the weekend.  Lovely Hubby took the two leftovers to work with him ..... I wonder how long they lasted!

Today is a No Spend Day.

9 comments:

  1. I have read this post "accidentally" when looking for yesterday's. I usually save the day's posts of blogs I read to enjoy in the evening so will miss it tonight!
    I'm thrilled that, as usual, you are fighting on. Yesterday's post reinforced my determination to plumb the depths of my freezer. Even though it's an upright one I have lost track of what's where and what's there. I'm encouraged to read that you don't keep lists of contents up to date either. I start out with great intentions but life gets in the way.
    Thanks for the great ideas that have come out of this blog and your "365 days" one. Small tips like grating a whole block of cheese and "Choppy Salad" have saved me so much time and whenever I am tempted to buy another book, even in a charity shop, I think of your resolve this year! You are writing a blog which is really helping lots of people even if the main aim is to keep a record for yourself. Sue

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  2. Ooh those look very nice indeed, i popped on AP website earlier but not allot that takes my fancy at the moment to warrant a purchase anyway, not ordered from them in a while, always worth a look thou x

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  3. I'm curious to know what the cost difference is between the packet scones v's homemade? Was is worth it?

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    1. I've just done a cost comparison especially for you :-)

      And yes, it turns out it was worth it!!

      My costings using just ordinary self raising flour, not the multi grain that these scones are made from still brings it out slightly more expensive for me to make them from scratch. It's the butter that bumps up the cost even though there is only a small amount in scones.

      These are also very convenient, being able to tip the mix out and just add some dried milk powder and water to the mix and have them in the oven in minutes makes them a real treat for me at this busy time of year. So even if it had worked out slightly the other way I would have still been pleased with my purchase.

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    2. Thank you Sue for costing the scones out, much appreciated. Great you have saved some money and you get a tasty treat too.

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  4. They look better than any scones I ever made, as mine usually came out flat. Didn't rise at all. Put me off making them.

    Joan (Wales)

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  5. I've had the same problem with flat scones...yours look lovely!

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  6. They do look nice- I'm going to have to make some now! My children like them in their packed lunches, usually as mini- pizzas with a smear of pesto, some cheese and maybe another topping.

    For those with flat scones, I'd try
    Leaving the dough thicker before you cut it (I'm with Sue- no faffing with cutters!), maybe thicker than you'd expect, a good 2.5 cm,
    Handle the dough as little as possible once you've added the liquid and get them in the hot oven as fast as possible,
    Measure the milk before you start and bring to room temperature, then add a squeeze of lemon or even a splash of white vinegar to create an acidic buttermilk substitute, or substitute part of the milk with plain yoghurt to enhance the chemical reaction with the baking powder,
    Pretend they're supposed to be flat and rename them :)

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    1. Thanks for the tips Hazel. I just used them as halves. I think my problem was that I used to roll them a bit thinner than I should have done.

      Joan (Wales)

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