Time for a winter treat by the fire

With temperatures plummeting who wants or needs to go outside?  This week’s cold snap took  temperatures to well below freezing, and the first snow for years in Torbay.  It ‘s times like these that having reliable care, someone to do the shopping are important for those less able.

Emma who works for customers at Henry and Gladys, cooks one of her family favourites: a Devonshire cream tea, which they enjoyed this afternoon at home in the warm.

Emma likes to make scones fresh using this recipe:

Quantities makes 12 scones:

50g (2oz) butter

500g (1lb) wholemeal or plain flour

Pinch of salt

Half 15ml spoon (1/2 table spoon) cream of tartar

Half 5ml spoon (1/2 tea spoon)  bicarbonate of soda

1 medium size beaten egg

250ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk

Optional handful of dried fruit added to the mixture

Method: Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6

Rub butter into the flour. Mix the salt, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. Add the egg and enough of the buttermilk to make a soft dough. Roll it out lightly and cut into small rounds (6.5cm across (two and a half inches) and 2.5cm (one inch) thick. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes. Split open and eat with Devonshire clotted cream and ideally home jam.

Enjoy all year round! Picture taken in the garden last year summer.