When I'm tossing and turning because I just don't know the answer and can't find any peace of mind, one way to come back to my senses is by baking. Just the smell of flour instantly gives me a feeling of calmness. Kneading my way through the dough tends to open perspectives, it loosens my body and it loosens up my mind. And then that sweet smell of baked goodness! I remember life is good! And I can go back to sleep, knowing the beginning of a new day will be great with a breakfast of scones!
So here is my favourite recipe:
450 gr self-rising flour
125 gr butter
50 gr sugar
2,75 dl milk
for the finishing touch: one egg and a little bit of milk.
This is what you do:
Sift the flour with the salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces with a knife, and add it to the flour, then cut the butter into little pee-like knobs, preferably with a dough-cutter, or else with two knives.
Add the sugar with the milk and kneed lightly, short and very quick into a coherent mass. Try to handle the dough as less as possible with your hands. (This to prevent the gluten coming free, you want a crumbly dough, not an elastic dough.)
Roll out your dough into a slate with a thickness of about 1 cm. and cut out forms with a cookie cutter. I used an old scone form with a diameter of 6 cm.
For the finishing touch: whisk the egg with a little bit of milk and brush this as a finishing gloss on your scones, it will make them nice golden. (You can also use only the egg or only the milk. I prefer a mix.)
Put them on a piece of baking foil on a baking tray and bake them in a preheated oven at 250 C. for about 10 minutes.
Let them cool.
They are delicious with clotted cream or mascarpone and a nice jam or lemon curd.
p.s sorry for that last blurry photo, but it was late.... really late...