Heritage Drop Scones

Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Monday all! How was your weekend? It was a hot one in London and here at the Digital household we made the most of the weather by getting our new baby Weber barbeque fired up. I think we can say I was just a tad enthusiastic!

Amongst all the excitement it was also a time for remembering ~ it's now 25 years ago since my maternal grandmother passed away, I can hardly believe that it's really been that long. She was my inspiration in so many of the things I still love and hold dear, especially creating and crafting.

A true woman of her time, she married in 1933 before being separated from my Grandfather for the entire duration of the Second World War, when he was called up into the army. She moved away from her native Plymouth further down into the Devon countryside with her sister, where they took care of evacuee children from London. So homemaking and taking care of people was in her blood. Happily my Grandad returned from North Africa after the D-Day landings, and my Mum was born not long after the end of the war.

One thing I remember most from my childhood visits to Plymouth is the absolute feasts she would lay on for us. Afternoon teas were really something ~ platefuls of cakes on fancy stands, enormous pies and all manner of delicious things that we didn't usually eat at home. My Dad still gets very excited if he gets anywhere within arm's length of a Cornish pasty!

One of my most favourite treats (and there were a good few, believe me!) was Drop Scones. Made on Grandma's griddle, from store cupboard ingredients, these tiny pancakes were simple, but so delicious that you couldn't help but want to go back for more.

And now that griddle is with me... It's made from metal and is as heavy as anything, but wonderfully retro and really lovely to use.


So here I'll share with you, in happy remembrance, my Grandma's recipe...


1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together ~ I use a food processor, but you could easily do this by hand


2. Add the egg and gradually beat in the milk to make a smooth, fairly thick batter





3. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a moderately hot griddle or greased pan




4. Cook until the tops of the scones are covered in bubbles and the undersides are golden brown


5. Turn and brown on the other side



Drop scones are so simple and quick to make, using basic store cupboard ingredients...



Delicious on their own as a snack with a slick of butter or jam, hot or cold...


Or fancy them up in layers with some cooked berries and a dollop of crème fraiche, as we did at the weekend...


Whichever way you choose, enjoy!


Heritage Drop Scones

Ingredients
100g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
35g castor sugar
1 egg
60 ml milk

Instructions

1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together
2. Add the egg and gradually beat in the milk to make a smooth, fairly thick batter
3. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a moderately hot griddle or greased pan
4. Cook until the tops of the scones are covered in bubbles and the undersides are golden brown
5. Turn and brown on the other side


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