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Thursday, 30 October 2014

CHEESE AND ONION SCONES

Good Afternoon to you,


Oh my word, I am so very late this week, but life has been a  little hectic for us and when life is like that, it is important, to stop and take time out to catch up with yourself.

Apart from having a very busy week, you will never guess what happened to me on Tuesday.

I received my first parking fine.... how depressing is that.

I have been driving for over 35 years and this is the first time, I have found a parking fine underneath my windscreen wipers.

It really all came about, because I was in a rush.  I parked my car as normal in the car park, I then went to the ticket machine to buy my parking ticket.... I checked the ticket and I was alright parking for 3 hours.... I had until one o'clock that afternoon.

I placed the ticket on the dashboard, so that if the traffic warden was checking cars, it could be seen.

I picked up my bag containing my sewing.... having to hold the door quite firmly, as it was windy.  I closed the door, locked the car and I walked away.

Now here's the thing, I always, always, turn around and check that the parking ticket is in view.... so why did I not check this time.... well, it was due to a series of events, but mainly, it was because I was late for my sewing group.... so I rushed from the car park without a backward glance.

When I returned to the car, the traffic warden had been on a 'walk about' and what did he see, my car without a ticket.... and where was the said ticket... it had blown onto the floor of the car.  I think when I closed the car door, the whoosh from the wind, blew the ticket on to the floor.... and I hadn't noticed.  If only I had done, what I always do, which is, turn around and check my parking ticket was in view, I would have noticed that it wasn't where it should be.

Never mind, I have learnt my lesson, 'more haste, less speed'.

So in the meantime, I am writing a letter to the council, and I am hoping once they see my parking ticket, they will be kind, and  use their discretion..... I am keeping my fingers crossed and I will let you know what happens.

After feeling thoroughly fed up, I decided to do some baking and make myself some comfort food.... it always works and baking really does cheer me up.


..... and these little Cheese and Onion Scones certainly went well with my tomato soup.

So it's on with the pinnie and the music I am listening to is,


one of George's favourite singers, John Denver.  George discovered John Denver during a trip to Canada in the 1970's.


  Natasha and Danielle's favourite song is,

'Grandma's Feather Bed'

and George's favourite, is,

'Annie's Song'

Me, 

I love,

'Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes'

but I know you will have your favourite.

So whilst I am listening to 'Annie's Song' I will gather my ingredients together.

INGREDIENTS
TO 
MAKE
CHEESE AND ONION SCONES

225g self raising flour
1 teaspoon of dry English mustard
1 teaspoon of paprika
plus a little extra to dust onto the scones
1/2 teaspoon of table salt
1 teaspoon of olive oil
25g unsalted butter
100g (or 1 medium sized) red onion
25g Parmesan cheese
150ml of buttermilk


HOW TO
MAKE
CHEESE AND ONION SCONES

Pre-heat the oven to 200C

Line a baking tray
with parchment paper
and
dust with a little flour.


Finely chop the red onion.


Place 1 teaspoon of olive oil
into a pan.

Add the red onion
and 


cook until translucent.
You will find you will need to move
the onion around the pan quite a lot
to prevent the onions from browning.
The reason is there is only
a small amount of oil used.

When the onions are cooked,
remove them from the pan
and
place on a dish.
Spread the onions out, to allow them to cool.

While the onions are cooling,

sift the self raising flour,


along with the 
dried
English mustard,


the
paprika


and 
the salt
into a large bowl.


Add the butter
to the bowl
and 
rub into the mixture


until the mixture
resembles breadcrumbs.


Add the Parmesan cheese
and
mix.


Add the now,
cold onions
and
mix again.


Add enough buttermilk


to make a soft dough.
I tend to add half the buttermilk
and gently mix with a wooden spoon,
and then I add a little
at a time and use my hands
to create the dough.

Lightly knead the dough until 
it is smooth.

The only thing I need to mention,
is don't overwork the dough.


Gently roll out the dough
on a lightly floured surface

and


cut into rounds.
I wanted small scones on this occasion
so I used a 2 1/2 inch round cutter.

Place on the baking tray
and


brush each scone
with milk

and


using a small sieve,
sprinkle a little paprika
onto each
scone.

Place the scones in the pre-heated oven
and bake
for between 12 -14 minutes.


These cheese and onion scones
are small
and
 just perfect
to eat
with a 
bowl of soup.

Enjoy.

As I mentioned, I have made the scones quite small and also quite thin.  The reason for this is that I did not want to make scones which could be cut in half and buttered.  I wanted these scones to be pulled into pieces and eaten just as they are, but if you would like  thicker scones, don't roll out the dough too much. I would suggest you roll the dough until it is about 1 inch thick.

..... and of course the larger and thicker the scones, the longer they will need  to bake.

Before I leave you, I wanted to say, that I am sorry I have not been able to leave comments, but I am hoping, this weekend to find the time to catch up with you and to see what you have been up to.

So take care and I will see you on Sunday.









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