Sunday, July 20, 2008

Blokey recipes.... "Manly Grub"

Who said cooking is for girls? First there's a link to a girly recipe.... then there's a link for "Manly Grub".

Australian scone (rhymes with gone) recipe:
You need:
300g (2 cups) plain flour mixed with 4 teaspoons baking powder
OR 2 cups self-raising flour
30g butter
a sprinkle of caster sugar
180mls (3/4 cup) milk OR for a richer flavour & denser texture you can try half milk/half cream OR 1 beaten egg & add milk to make up ¾ cup OR half milk/half buttermilk - experiment with what you have on hand!
My grandma used to bake the best apple pies. She made them with lard and butter, 50/50 and they had the best pastry, so recipes like this one from a Manly Bloke in the US don't surprise me at all:
2 cups self-rising biscuit flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt (optional)
2 tbsp. sugar (4 if you like sweeter scones)
2/3 stick butter
3 tbsp. bacon grease or lard
1 egg
¼ cup heavy cream (including two tablespoons liquor)
2 oz. cream cheese
½ cup raisins soaked overnight in brandy, rum, or whiskey with a tablespoon of sugar added – I prefer dark rum.
Have a look around his site, he's just started a blog on it.


Skeeter said...

Good scones are elusive and it seems like only elderly CWA ladies from Queensland can make them.
The best I have tasted were made by a neighbour, Jean, who had a long and happy life as a farmer's wife in country Qld.
The mystery is that all the recipes I've seen have nearly identical ingredients, but don't turn out too good when made by townies. I suspect there is a key ingredient or secret method that is not revealed in the recipes. Either that or you had to learn to cook on a wood-fired stove.

Before she died, Jean passed on her purported recipe to us, but Mrs Skeeter (an ex-townie) has not been able to reproduce Jean's scones using her simple recipe.
You might like to have a try:

Jean's Plain Scones
300 ml carton of cream
300 ml carton of milk
Stir into 4 cups SR flour with 2 dessertspoons castor sugar or icing sugar.
Bake on top shelf 200 degrees C.

BTW 1: I think your American readers call them "biscuits", so they may have no idea of what a "scone" looks like. Paco might like to confirm that.
BTW 2: Your link to the Manly Bloke's site does not work for me.

kae said...

Try sour cream.

There's one with lemonade too.

The recipe I know is to cut/rub in the flour, but you shouldn't let it get warm or it won't rise.

Don't laugh, my ex made lovely scones.