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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cheese Scones

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Time really flies, Christmas was just over and it is already time to say goodbye to Year 2009 and welcoming Year 2010. It was like just busy putting up the Christmas tree, decorating it and now it is about time to think of how to celebrate the coming New Year. We had a jolly good time during the Christmas long break! Christmas was really busy for all of us as we had plenty of visitors this time. It was busy cooking, eating and cleaning up! Thus, we had plenty of cakes, tarts and desserts this time and it was really a sweet-Christmas for all of us. I even served them with one of my good friend cum foodie's Icebox cheese cake and guess what? They loved it to bits including my family. Thanks LK - Food-4tots for sharing this recipe! If you are reading this post right now, I am giving you a "thumbs up".... I will surely make it again and watching the weighing scale's needle increasing! haha...

What is your New Year resolution? Mine? As always, good health comes first. Be more happy and appreciate every moments in life, that will eventually bring us GOOD HEALTH. May God bless all of us with good health, peace and joy! Not forgetting to have more delicious, tantalizing, scrumptious healthy food.

For this coming New Year, I would like to begin with something simple and basic for this celebration. Cheese scones - this recipe was adapted & modified from Betty Saw - CAKES & TREATS mini cookbook! In her recipe, she called for bacon and cheese, but I have omitted the bacon and increased the cheese amount. With grated Cheddar cheese, the scones turned out to be savoury and appetizing. My son loves it so much and keep on asking for more! It is indeed a convenient snack to bring along when he is going to kindergarten next week.

Scone is a small British quick bread which uses basic ingredients such as flour, milk, eggs, butter, salt, baking soda and sugar, unlike yeast breads which often take hours to rise. All the ingredients are combined and gently bring together until it forms a lumpy dough which is rolled out on a lightly floured surface. The dough is usually made in a round shape which cut into triangles/squares, cut it with round cookies cutter or just shape it with hands. The top of the scone is often glaze it with egg and milk before sprinkled with sugar and put into the oven to bake.
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There are many ways and methods in making scones, some common additions to scones include spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Some adding dried fruit such as raisins, dates or cranberries. More hearty scones include bacon or cheese. You may have many types of flavours according to your own preference.

References from:
• wikipedia
• wikipedia-Quick bread
• wisegeek

This cheese scones recipe is easy to follow and taste savoury, you can just cut them into half, spread it with butter, jam or peanut butter and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. What a delicious and relaxing way to eat your scones in this new year! See you in 2010!



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This recipe was adapted and modified for my own preference:
Makes 18 scones

Ingredients:
240g Self-raising flour
60g Butter
120g Grated Cheddar Cheese
170ml Milk (I used fresh milk)

Egg glaze:
1 Egg yolk, beaten
1 tsp Water

Methods:
1. Beat egg yolk and water together to make glaze. Set aside.
2. Sift flour into a bowl. Lightly rub in butter with fingers or blend with a pastry cutter.
3. Stir in cheese, mix with milk to form soft dough. Rest for 5 mins.
4. Line a square baking tray with baking paper.
5. Dust some flour on your hands.
6. Place 1 - 2 tbsp of batter on your hands and roll them into a ball. Approximately 4cm diameter.
7. Place them on the baking tray. (I did not use cookies cutter as I don't have an appropriate size cutter).
8. Bush the top with egg glaze.
9. Bake in a preheated 200ºC (400ºF) oven for 12 - 15 mins, or until scones turn golden brown. Serve.

Note:
• The best is to eat scones while it is warm and finish them within 2 days.

Original version (Makes 14 scones):
1 Egg yolk, beaten
1 tsp Water
240g Self-raising flour
60g Margarine
90g Cheddar cheese, grated
90g Bacon, chopped
170ml Milk

Methods:
1. Beat egg yolk and water together to make glaze. Set aside.
2. Sift flour into a bowl. Lightly rub margarine with fingers or blend with a pastry cutter. Stir in cheese and bacon. Mix with milk to form soft dough.
3. On a lightly floured board, roll dough to 1 - 2cm thickness. Cut into 5 - 6 cm rounds with cookies cutter. Place on lightly greased trays.
4. Bake in a preheated 200ºC (400ºF) oven for 12 - 15 mins, or until scones are golden brown. Serve.

15 Comentários:

Food For Tots said...

Tks for sweet compliments and your Christmas presents! Scone is always our family's favourite. Will try out your savoury version soon. Happy 2010 to you and your family!

Anggie's Journal said...

this is good wan .... btw, i miss baking ...haven been baking for so long edi .

hapi new year to u .. k ....:P

Bits of Taste said...

F4T: You are most welcome my friend! Happy 2010 to you and family too!

Anggie: Thanks Anggie! Let's heat up the Oven during this New Year break! Happy New Year!

noobcook said...

your cheese scones are cute and baked to golden brown perfection. Happy 2010 to you and your loved ones ^_^

♥peachkins♥ said...

Happy New Year!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

OK, I'm sold! Your scones look soooo good, I can understand why your son keeps asking for more. I will definitely make these ... for myself!! Hee hee! Happy New Year to you and your family!! All the best!

Ju

All Precious Moments said...

Happy new year Alice! I should send my son Sean to learn cooking from you. You know how to make English muffin? The one in McD breakfast, i love that but can't find it anywhere keke...

Little Corner of Mine said...

Your cheese scones look delicious! Happy New Year to you & family!

ICook4Fun said...

Wishing you & your family all the best for the coming year 2010.

Little Inbox said...

Happy New Year! All the best in 2010!

petite nyonya said...

Yes, time really flies huh! Happy New Year and best wishes to you!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Savoury cheese scones! Yum! And each one so perfect. I know my kids will love them. Maybe I will sneak a bite too ;P Happy New Year to you and your family. May all your wishes be fulfilled in 2010.

Ju

Mummy to QiQi said...

looks so yummy!

Bits of Taste said...

Thank you so much for all your kind words and compliments! Sorry for the late reply and a belated Happy New Year for all of you! Welcome 2010!

LuckyMommy said...

Hi Alice

I chanced upon your blog when searching for herbal soup for toddlers. Wow! I love your blog.. very informative and colourful and interesting. Hope I can try out the recipes one by one :)

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