Home made English Scones Recipe

Home-made English scones go really well with jam or cream. It’s so easy to make some for a delicious teatime treat.

  • SERVES: About 10 to 12 scones

INGREDIENTS

  • Bread Flour  (135 grams)
  • Cake flour (135 grams)
  • Baking powder (18 grams)
  • Icing sugar (40 grams)
  • Salt (2 grams)
  • Butter, cold and cut into small sizes (65 grams)
  • Corn flour (65 grams)
  • Milk (240 grams)
  • Raisins or cranberries (optional) (35 grams)
  • Egg (for egg wash)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C and lined a baking tray
  2. Mix all the ingredients together except for the milk and raisins.
  3. Rub in the cold butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then slowly add in the milk and continue mixing.
  4. Thereafter, add in the raisins or cranberries if you are using.
  5. Do not over mix the dough. The texture should be lumpy and not smooth. Otherwise, cracks would not appear on the scones.
  6. Flour the work surface and roll the dough to 8mm in thickness and cut into desired sizes with pastry cutter.
  7. Place them on the baking tray and brush them with the egg wash.
  8. Sprinkle some icing sugar and bake for 15 to 18 mins till it rises.
The ingredients used

The ingredients used

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Home made Donuts & Berliner Recipe

Do you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth? I went for a bread baking class last week and realized how easy it is to make some fresh, home-made donuts.

  • SERVES: About 16 pieces
  • PREP: 1 Hour
  • COOK: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • Bread Flour  (420 grams)
  • Caster Sugar (60 grams)
  • Salt (15 grams)
  • Instant dry yeast (15 grams)
  • Condensed milk (30 grams)
  • Water (100 grams)
  • Eggs (100 grams)
  • Unsalted butter (60 grams)
  • Sunflower oil
  • Icing sugar (optional)
  • Jam

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and knead well into smooth dough. It will be faster if you use a dough mixer instead of mixing by hand.
  2. Let it rest in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm environment for approximately 30 mins or almost double in size for first fermentation.
  3. Thereafter, roll the dough to 5mm in thickness. (Dust in some flour if the dough is too sticky.)
  4. For donut, cut out the dough with a donut cutter. For Berliner, cut it with a round cutter.
  5. Allow another 30mins for final proofing.
  6. Once double in size, fry at 160°C until golden brown. When deep frying, choose an oil with a high smoke point (peanut, grapeseed, safflower, soybean, sunflower, canola, and extra light olive oil are all good choices). Don’t use unrefined oils for deep frying, as their smoke points are much lower.
  7. Use plain, unprinted paper towels to drain the oil from the donut and berliner.
  8. Let it cool and pipe jam into the Berliner and coat the donut with sugar. If you like, you may dust the Berliner with icing sugar.

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The jam we used to pipe the berliner

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Han Geun Doo Geun Korean Restaurant – Singapore

My friends and I happened to be at Chinatown Point one evening and we discovered this newly opened Korean Barbecue restaurant. Therefore we decided to have our lunch on a saturday afternoon at this place.

This Korean bbq restaurant offers ala carte buffet with 39 dishes ranging from a wide wariety of meat and stews.

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Besides Ala Carte BBQ buffet, they have set lunch menu too.

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Something I like about this BBQ restaurant is that they have the smoke suction device installed. Now your hair and clothes don’t have to smell like BBQ meat after your meal.

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Here comes our food!

 

The Gimbap is very nice!  I will definitely order this again next time.

The Gimbap is very nice! I will definitely order this again next time.

Ddeokbokki (or spicy rice cakes), tasted alright, not as nice as certain places. A little too soft and not firm enough. We didn't managed to finish it.

Ddeokbokki (or spicy rice cakes), tasted alright, not as nice as certain places. A little too soft and not firm enough. We didn’t managed to finish it.

 

The Kimchi Pancake tasted nothing out of the ordinary. It is not very crispy though.

The Kimchi Pancake tasted nothing out of the ordinary. It is not very crispy though.

The side dishes are found at the self service counter towards the back of the restaurant.

The side dishes are found at the self service counter towards the back of the restaurant. Most of the dishes tasted good! Especially the kimchi and preserved cucumber.

Next up, the meat! The beef was served very fresh and juicy. We kept ordering the beef, plate after plate.

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One thing good about it was that the beef was quite thinly sliced and we could really eat a lot, especially wrapping the piping hot beef with the freshly served lettuce. The lettuce is so fresh and green that I couldn’t find any black parts or holes in the leaves to pluck away which I always do in other korean BBQ restaurants.

 

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We also ordered a plate of spicy and non-spicy chicken. I prefer the spicy chicken as it has a stronger taste.

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At first, we were afraid that we could not finish the meat, as they will charge us for leftover food. Surprisingly, the 3 of us ordered 6 plates of meat and finished every bit of it.  The only dish we did not finish is the Ddeokbokki. We were too full to try their stew/soup. But I will definitely be visiting this place again soon to try their other dishes.

Han Geun Doo Geun Korean Restaurant

Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road #02-35,

Singapore 059413

Tel: 65382775

Opening Hours:

Daily from 11.30am – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Nearest Mrt Station: Chinatown Station

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What I bought in Korea

Seoul is a shopping paradise for me! Here are a few of the things I bought.

Myeongdong – Cosmetics

My friends and I bought lots and lots of cosmetics when we were in Myeongdong.

1)      Laneige Firming sleeping pack 50ml (30,000 won) & Laneige Water sleeping pack 80ml (25,000 won).  Singapore selling at S$49 & S$45 respectively.

2)      Innisfree, Korea’s No. 1 natural cosmetic brand will be launching its first flagship store in Singapore this November. I bought their Green Ginseng Scalp Tonic for 10,000 won.

3)      I also bought the Faceshop Lip and eye remover. After trying their sample tester in Singapore, I felt that this make-up remover is very suitable for me as I have sensitive skin. It can even remove my waterproof mascara.

4)      To compliment the make-up remover, I bought the Faceshop’s rice water cleanser. This cleanser doesn’t dry my skin and gives a milky feeling after rinsing off. I love it so much.

5)      The Faceshop facial mist, could be used for travelling. Keeps the skin refreshed and moisturized. Costs 6,900 each

6)      I couldn’t resist buying the Faceshop rose cushion blusher costs less than S$4!

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7)      Innisfree sunblock lotion (below) at 12,000 won. Once you apply it, effective results could be seen immediately. Your skin instantly turns fairer and moisturized.

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8)      Etude House Hello Kitty travel perfume makes a very cute gift to your friends.  It is around 5 x 5cm in size and comes in 3 different fragrance. Costs around 5,000 won each. (pic below)

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9)      Assorted Masks from Innisfree, Missha, It’s Skin, Beyond, Faceshop and many others. Prices start from 1,000 won onwards.

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Lotte Supermarket, Seoul – Food

1)      Seaweed – You can find lots of it in the supermarket. It is one of the MUST BUY items in Korea. Don’t buy them at the airport or off the streets as it is more expensive. You can get it at a cheaper price in the supermarket.

2)      Ramyeon (ramen) – Korean instant noodles. I bought the one in the picture (after some sample tasting from the makeshift counter). Definitely cheaper than what is found in Singapore.

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3)      Choco pie – This marshmallow-filled chocolate biscuit cake is one of my favorite snacks in Korea. You can find this in Singapore also, at a higher price.

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4)      Market O real brownie is another of my favorite snack. Each brownie is packed individually, making it a convenient gift to colleagues and friends.

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5)      Market O choco crispy compliments the real brownie. Also individually packed.

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6)  O’sulloc Wedding Green Tea – This is something that I cannot find in Singapore. It costs 15,000 won per box. Alternatively, you may visit the O’sulloc store at Myeongdong for more variety though the cost is the same.

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Ehwa Women’s University / Hongdae – Accessories

1)      Accessories – These can be found all over the streets of Ehwa, Hongdae and Dongdaemun. The prices are much cheaper in Ehwa Women’s University compared to Dongdaemun. Per necklace & earrings costs around 10,000 to 12,000 won.

It is difficult to find unique designs of such necklaces & earrings in Singapore, even if found, it costs around $20+ or more. I saw a pair of similar earrings in Singapore that costs $45.

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2)      Make up pouch/bag (18cm in length) – costs 5,900 to 6,900 won. I found exactly the same pouch for $29.90 in Singapore.

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3)      Cute paper clips (around 5cm in length) which I managed to find it along the streets of Hongdae. It makes a cute gift for friends. (3 for 5,000 won)

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4)      Handmade camera case which I found at one of the shops in Ehwa Women’s University. (5,000 won)

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5)      Korean fashion – Clothes, bags and shoes could be bought at these areas. Similar clothes and shoes could be found in Dongdaemun at a higher price, make sure you do your research in order not to get ripped off.

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