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04 Nov 2006

Zingy Scones

Last weekend I had ago at making scones. They came out okay so I've done another batch today with yoghurt instead of milk and without an egg. A friend's scones are very good and we are using a variation of her recipe.

  • 250g self-raising white flour
  • ½ tsp backing powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g sugar
  • 75g cold butter
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 125-175ml milk or yoghurt
  • 50g sultanas or raisins
  • 25g dried cranberries

Cut the butter up into chunks and put in mixing bowl. Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl, and rub the mixture with your hands until it resembles find bread crumbs. Add the dry fruit and mix so it's all neatly coated. Add the milk/yoghurt slowly until you can work the mixture into a non-sticky dough. Roll out to about 1cm think and cut into scone shaped pieces. Bake at 180°C for about 10-12 minutes.

Global Warming

Yesterday at a public meeting of my local biodiversity society we had a talk by Dr Mike Sparrow of Southampton University, Department of Oceanography, who is part of the international global warming scientific effort. It's all quite alarming, it's not about is there global warming, the issue now is how much and how fast.

A committee colleague had a bunch of compact fluorescent (cf) bulbs that we were giving away. As Simon Waters recently pointed out, with current electricity prices it's worth swapping old style incandescent bulbs for cf bulbs, they pay for themselves in only 7 weeks.

Yoghurt (take 3)

The third batch of yoghurt was much better than the second. It's still not perfect so I'll have to tinker with the process yet to perfect it.