Strawberry Scones

If tea and scones are your thing, here is an alternative to the usual plain scones.  Strawberries were on special this week and I ended up more strawberries than I knew what to do with.  

  
Thanks to a lovely recipe from Taste.com – these scones were extremely easy to make: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/35561/strawberry+scones+with+cream

They pretty much taste like plain scones with little bits of strawberry in between – which is great if, like me, you don’t have much of a sweet tooth! 

  
Enjoy!

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Apple pies and pistachios 

It’s winter time and not many fruits are in season at the moment.  I managed to buy 2kg of apples for $2 over the weekend.  

Today, I came home to another wonderful surprise from the Mister.  Little actions of thoughtfulness really do add up – particularly when you live together and the excitement of date nights do not happen as often as your dating days.

With the use of some leftover puff pastry,  apples, cinnamon and sultanas – a delicious apple ‘pie’ was made.  The crust was coated in honey, butter, and pistachios.  

  

Wholemeal Loaf

I have always wanted to have a go at making my own bread.  So last night, after realising that we were out of bread (and also that I was too lazy to go to the supermarket again just for bread), I thought I’d give the homemade bread a try.  And surprisingly, it was a success!

 

The recipe I used was extremely simple and I will definitely be doing this again!  There’s something satisfying about creating your own food, that you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it, and you can modify it each time as you please.   

To add a bit of flavour and a golden crust to the load, I brushed the top of the loaf with a light coating of olive oil and sprinkled some oregano for the last 15mins of baking.

Ingredients:

  • 500grams of wholemeal flour
  • 60grams of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey 
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 sachet dry yeast
  • 300mls warm water 
  • 1tsp salt

  

Apple and Cinnamon Loaf

In my attempt to venture into the world of bread and loaf baking in particular – here is one of my early successful attempts.  This recipe worked beautifully and only required the use of 2 apples.  It’s a great recipe particularly for this time of year when apples are cheap.

The other day, on a little road trip we drove past this house with a tiny sign out the front saying “$1 apples and lemons”.  To the right of the sign, sitting along the fence was this green wooden cart with bags of apples and lemons in it along with a glass jar for ‘honesty donations’.  Further along, another home was doing a similar thing with herbs and other fruits that they grew as well.  I love seeing and promoting such scenes.  Many people grow in excess of what their family can eat, and why not, sell it to passers by.  To me, it is a great example of minimising food wastage and encouraging people to grow, buy and sell more of locally home grown products.

So we came home with a bag of apples to use up when I found this recipe which was perfect for it.  The loaf turned out moist, soft, and superbly delicious.  All credits go to the person who created the recipe of course!  I can’t remember where on the internet I found it now – but it was amazing!  We even made another batch a few days later to take on a road trip.

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