The English Baker’scone completely mad!

Sorry about the pun – couldn’t resist it!

Yes, this week’s Weekly Bake is all about the humble scone.  Is it a bread or is it a cake? Well, it’s both.  The classic scone actually has exactly the same ingredients as the plain American muffin so you could quite legitimately call it a cake.  However, there’s a slight variation in the quantities (less sugar, more flour basically) and a completely different method for combining the ingredients.  The result is, it comes out more like a bread – a slightly crisp crust, soft and light interior. Best eaten warmed, with a huge heap of clotted cream and strawberry jam, or simply lashings of melting butter. In Devon, they eat them with clotted cream and Golden Syrup – known as Thunder and Lightning!

Classic Scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam

Classic Scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam

So, first on the scone menu are The English Baker’s Classic Scones – these are made with cream, so they’re a little richer than normal.

Wholemeal Scones with Tangy Homemade Lemon Curd & Clotted Cream

Wholemeal Scones with Tangy Homemade Lemon Curd & Clotted Cream

Second, there’s the “healthy” option of Wholemeal Fruit Scones – again with cream (of course) and still beautifully light, but this time made with wholemeal flour and a big cup of juicy sultanas.

And finally, for a true variation on the classic, Brown Sugar and Mascapone Scones – no cream, just Mascapone! (No picture, I’m afraid, but trust me – they are delicious!

Classic, Wholemeal Fruit, or Brown Sugar and Mascapone scones:
12€ for 12

How to order:
Please place your order by email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today Wednesday, 14th November ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 16th November.

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I’m back….

Back with a vengeance? No, just a pie….

As summer draws to its end, the English apple season returns. So, what better way to celebrate English baking than with a good old-fashioned pie packed with Bramleys from an English country garden – my parents’, to be precise.  No chemicals, just apples from the faithful old tree at the bottom of the garden, a squeeze of lemon and lots of sugar (Bramleys are cooking apples, so need a good dose of the sweet stuff), encased in crisp, buttery pastry.  Eat warm or cold with a big blob of clotted cream or my home-made vanilla ice-cream.

English Apple Pie

English Apple Pie (click image to enlarge)

Apple pie (23cm): 15€

Clotted Cream: 5€ per pot

Home-made Vanilla Ice-cream: 10€ for 500ml

How to order:
Order by email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time before 12 o’clock tomorrow (Thursday, 6th September) for collection from The English Baker on Friday, 7th September.