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
- 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)
- Pre-heat the oven to 190°C and lined a baking tray
- Mix all the ingredients together except for the milk and raisins.
- Rub in the cold butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then slowly add in the milk and continue mixing.
- Thereafter, add in the raisins or cranberries if you are using.
- Do not over mix the dough. The texture should be lumpy and not smooth. Otherwise, cracks would not appear on the scones.
- Flour the work surface and roll the dough to 8mm in thickness and cut into desired sizes with pastry cutter.
- Place them on the baking tray and brush them with the egg wash.
- Sprinkle some icing sugar and bake for 15 to 18 mins till it rises.
The ingredients used
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Thereafter, roll the dough to 5mm in thickness. (Dust in some flour if the dough is too sticky.)
- For donut, cut out the dough with a donut cutter. For Berliner, cut it with a round cutter.
- Allow another 30mins for final proofing.
- 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.
- Use plain, unprinted paper towels to drain the oil from the donut and berliner.
- 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.
The jam we used to pipe the berliner
Mee Tai Mak is a type of white noodle made of rice flour. It is somewhat thicker in circumference from spaghetti and shorter in length. Both ends are tapered and the texture is smoother than spaghetti. It is quite commonly found in Singapore. They can be cooked in soup or stir fried. In any way, it tastes great!
Mee Tai Mak ( 老鼠粉)Soup Recipe
- SERVES: 4
- PREP: 30 mins
- COOK: 1 hour
- Fish balls (1 packet)
- Fish cakes (1 packet)
- Chicken balls (optional)
- Fish paste wanton (optional)
- Bean sprout (enough for 4 servings)
- Chicken stock 1 cube
- Light sauce
- 2.5 litres water
- 4 servings of mee tai mak (1/2 a packet)
- Red chilli padi (optional for taste)
- fried onions (for garnish and add according to preference)
- Wash the fish balls and fish cakes. Slice the fish cakes into bite sizes.
- Wash the bean sprouts and remove the head and roots.
- Cut red chilli and add light sauce into a saucer.
- Put the bean sprouts in a pot of water and bring to boil; remove the bean sprouts and set aside.
- Using the same pot of water, put the Mee Tai Mak in the water and boil for about 10mins, then drain off. Set aside the Mee Tai Mak.
- To cook the soup, boil a new pot of water adding a cube of chicken stock. Put the fish balls & sliced fishcakes into the pot of boiling water and continue to boil for about 10 mins. (if you have other optional ingredients, put it in together also to boil.) Season to taste with a few sprinkle of salt and a teaspoon of light soy sauce.
- Divide cooked mee tai mak & bean sprouts into 4 serving bowls.
- Serve the soup over the 4 bowls of mee tai mak along with the ingredients in the soup.
- Garnish with fried onions in accordance to individual preference.
- Red chilli with light sauce could be added into the soup or act as a dip sauce for the ingredients according to individual preference.
Mummy’s home cooked Mee Tai Mak