Sunday, February 12, 2012

Savoury /skɒn/ or /skoʊn/?

However you pronounce this Scottish bread, it tastes the same! But as a language student I could not talk about scones without mentioning its pronunciation debate! Apparently, most pronounce it /skɒn/ to rhyme with 'con' and 'John', but others (me included) pronounce it /skoʊn/ to rhyme with 'cone' and 'Joan'. Of course, how you say it doesn't really matter (although we all know that /skoʊn/ is actually the right way), as long as everyone knows what we're talking about. Usually, they'd be something sweet that we'd have with jam and cream, but I wanted to try something new and savoury, so when I came across this red pepper and feta recipe, I thought - why not try it! My weekend with Abbey was starting to turn into a very food-orientated one. Not only does she make a good friend, but she makes a good washing up partner too!!

Anyway, jokes aside, these scones were very tasty and I'm glad I stumbled across this recipe. It's nice to bake something for an actual meal for a change, as it makes it seem like there's more point to my baking. The smell when they're cooking is divine as well! I'd definitely recommend them for lunch, served warm with butter. The saltniness of the feta was balanced out by the sweet red peppers, but it's the kind of recipe which you could adapt and change and put in the ingredients that you like. A bit like a quiche. I'd like to give it a go with a different cheese perhaps and even some ham so that you'd be having a whole meal in one bite. If only you had a portable microwave, it would be the perfect lunch to have on-the-go! Try them out and experiment with different flavours - they certianly make a nice change from a bog-standard sandwich.  

Feta and Red Pepper Scones makes 8

2 cups Plain Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
100g Butter
100g Feta Cheese, crumbled
2 Red Peppers, finely chopped and gently fried
3 Spring Onions, finely sliced
1 Egg, slightly beaten
80ml Cream

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add butter and rub into dry ingredients until it ressembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in feta, peppers and spring onions. 
  5. Mix in egg and cream until it forms a dough.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface to form a ball and flatten so it is about 2cm thick.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut 8 pie wedges.
  8. Place on baking tray and put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cut in half lengthways and spread butter on each side.
  10. Enjoy!

Making these also gave me the chance to use this rather nifty gadget that I found in Casino, one of the nicer French supermarkets that I've found here. It's a measuring cup with various measurements for different ingredients and comes in very handy when you don't have a set of scales! I'm still not convinced that it meausres things accurately but it's better than nothing. I got very excited about it anyway. Which is probably a sign that I've become a little too obsessed with baking!

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