14 June 2012

Cheese Scones in Cyprus


Now don't be thinking these are Turkish Cheese Scones (North Cyprus) and getting all excited about a twist to the classic recipe. These are in fact a classic recipe made by Cooper and his Baba Anne (Jean). Baba Anne is Turkish for Father's Mother. I thought it might be nice to take you through some step-by-step photos of how to make them. They are very cheesey and light. Nice on their own or with a lovely big bowl of soup.

This is one of Jean's go-to recipes. It is from one of the few cookbooks she brought with her to Cyprus.

All Colour Cookery by Marguerite Patten. It is an big old book, published by Hamlyn in 1975. It doesn't have a jacket anymore, but it has a lot of great recipes in it and they are all illustrated. Each recipe is given in both imperial and metric measurements This copy is spilling with recipes that Jean has collected from magazines.

The original recipe is for a Cheese Scone Round, but there is no need to bake your scones in a circle. A bit of a waste of time if you ask me, although if you are going for that seventies look, then it is perfect.

The step-by-step photos show the way Jean and Cooper made the scones, the recipe (below) might be slightly different, but the ingredients are the same.

Cheese Scones Step-By-Step

 
1. Sieve flour, baking powder, salt & mustard together, rub in butter, then add the grated cheddar.

2. Mix the grated cheddar into the flour mix.

3. Add sufficient milk to make a soft dough.

4. Mix the milk in with a knife.



5. Bring the dough together with your hands. Knead gently until you have a smooth dough. Whisk an egg (this will be the glaze).



6. Shape the dough or roll until it is 1 inch/2 ½ cm thick.



7. Cut rounds out with a biscuit cutter. Try not to twist the dough as you cut it, or they will rise a bit squint. I don't mind that too much. Keep re-rolling the dough and cutting out scones until all the dough has been used.



8. Brush your scones with egg.



9. Looking good!




10. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated Cheddar over each scone.





 11. Ready to go in the oven.



12. Get an adult to help you put the scones in the oven.




13. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.




14. Enjoy your scones while they are still warm.




15. Share with friends.







Classic Cheese Scones
These easy cheese scones are very cheesy and light. Perfect on their own whilst still warm or served with soup.
Ingredients
  • 200g plain flour
  • 4 level teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ level tsp salt
  • a pinch of dry mustard
  • 50g butter
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • about 125ml milk
  • 1 egg, to glaze
  • 25g grated cheddar to top scones with
Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 220c/200fan/425f/gas mark 7.2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and mustard together and rub in the butter.3. Knead lightly and roll out to 1 inch/2 ½ cm thickness.4. Cut out rounds with a pastry cutter.5. Place the scones on a lightly floured baking tray. Brush the scones with egg and sprinkle with cheddar.6. bake for 10-15 minutes until well risen and golden.
Details
Total time: Yield: makes 8-10 scones

Note: As a variation, Marguerite suggests using 1/2 pint of tomato juice instead of milk or adding a little Marmite to the milk for extra flavour.

Jean says they taste absolutely delicious if you add some drained and finely cut sundried tomatoes to the mixture. Now I cannot wait o try that!

 




Here are a few more scone recipes for you to try:

I am submitting Jean & Cooper's Cheese Scones to Frugal Food Fridays, a monthly event thought up by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours.

Frugal Food Fridays are all about coming up with frugal food and I would say these scones fit right into that category. The event is being hosted byCaroline over at Caroline Makes this month.


39 comments:

  1. Coop is a star! Lovely photos and a classic recipe, my SIL has that book and swears by it.

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    1. It is a new one on me Janice, but after having a look through it i can well understand why it is a favourite, there are some super recipes in there.

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  2. The wee man gets to be in the center of things again - what fun! And scones to end with! Even better! I love how SERIOUSLY he cooks - I mainly spent time trying to lick batters, but he's studiously peering at eggs and sprinkling on cheese. The makings of a chef there indeed.

    Since we've been in California, we've filled up on fresh veg and fruit, and now our suppers begin with us sitting and staring and wondering, "What do we normally eat?" Fortunately, we have your blog to give us some good starting points!

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    1. Haha, just as well for your blog then Tanita and yes, he is very serious about baking.

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  3. Cooper the baker - love it. So impressed with his scones and how you are all getting him so engaged with what's going on in the kitchen. Scones look delicious too. AND you are getting some summer. it's absolutely chucking it down here and it's windy and cold - yuk! Hope you're having a fab time.

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    1. Hey Choclette, he loves being in the kitchen and insists on helping, which we don't mind at all. It can only be a good thing. Poor you, such horrible weather. I am dreading coming back to it. Hopefully I can bring some sunshine with me.

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  4. What an adorable set of photos! I had a delicious cheese scone the other day so if a child can make them I may as well give them a go :)

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    1. Exactly Zoe, you really must give these a go. Super easy!

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  5. Cooper looks like he's having SUCH a good time! Awesome job, Cooper! Woot!

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  6. move over Jac... hello Cooper.. so impressive... I love the recipe... don't they look wonderful!

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    1. I know, it won't be long before he is taking over in the kitchen :)

      The scones were wonderful, so cheesey!

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  7. Those pictures are absolutely precious! (And the scones look lovely.)

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  8. Ahhh...those photos remind me of cooking with my kids when they were that small.

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    1. Time whizzes by when you have children. I am sure I will be saying the same before long :)

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  9. Cooper's just absolutely adorable... and the cheese scones ain't bad looking either :)

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    1. Well you know I have to agree with you Michelle :)

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  10. These look like heaven!!

    Briony
    www.theglasgowfoodblog.com

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    1. Thanks Briony. And....... made by your wee pal :)

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  11. Absolutely love it Jacqueline. You have quite the budding chef there!

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    1. I know Val & I can't tell you how pleased I am about that.

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  12. what a great set of photos - so lovely for cooper to cook with his baba and how warm it looks there - I love cheese scones and could just nibble on one of those right now - hope cooper wont mind sharing

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  13. Thats such an endearing post seeing nan baking with the little one...loved it! Nice memories there to treasure, the scones are a bonus. x

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    1. He did really love it as did his Baba Anne. The scones were really great too :)

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  14. Ohhh these look delicious... my step dad used to make us cheese scones, fond memories :)

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    1. Lovely memories, like these are for me. Food is so linked to memories.

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  15. Love cheese scones and seeing your little one doing so well hopefully will encourage more children and mums to get in the kitchen and help their grannies and mums with baking. I have this book too I think, found it in a charity shop!!

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    1. That is a nice thought Laura, I hope it does inspire families to get their little ones into the kitchen.

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  16. I love this post - Cooper is a natural baker. It's really nice of you to share some family photos with us - looks nice and sunny over there! Love cheesy scones especially the extra cheese on top! ps please bring the sun back with you :)

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    1. It is sunny and very, very hot, can just about stay out in the sun for a while if I cool down in the pool first, otherwise it is unbearable. I will try to bring some sun back with me.

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  17. these photos are truly wonderful :) I have figured out why I can't get your blog in my reader - it cannot find the rss feed! Do you know your rss URL?

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    1. Yes my feed is:

      feeds.burner.com/tinnedtomatoes/bber

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  18. Such a lovely post. Love to you and Cooper. xxoo

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  19. oh my gosh! so yum and so easy.

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  20. Thanks for entering these into Frugal Food Fridays, they look yummy!

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