Wednesday, 27 February 2008

My wee Mummy's Scones

A couple of months ago my Mum gave me a book which she had started writing when she had just got married. She wrote lots of recipes in this book, including wheaten bread, Victoria sandwich, pavlova, lemon meringue, choux pastry and much much more. I can't remember ever seeing this book before but I guess she was using it when she was baking with my sister and I when we were little.

i have recently been thinking about my final year at school and the fun times we had in the "Sixth Form Centre". There was a great coffee bar where a lady just showed how much she cared about us all by making fresh scones every morning. I remember racing to the coffee bar straight after assembly when they were just fresh out of the oven. I decided today I wanted a scone after all the reminiscing and thought it would be fun to use my Mum's own recipe.

I divided the dough up and made a little mixture of plain scones, fruit scones and cherry scones. They were fantastic! I had only planned on having one but they were so good I went ahead and had 4!!!! I'll need to walk that off tomorrow.

My wee Mummy's scones

Makes 12 scones


8oz self raising flour
1 oz caster sugar
Pinch of salt
1 oz margarine
1/4 pint milk

1. Mix the flour, sugar and salt then rub in the margarine.
2. Mix in the milk to form a dough.
3. Mix in any other ingredients you would like e.g. glacé cherries, raisins, etc
4. Roll out to about 1/4-1/2" thick and cut out scones using a medium cookie cutter.
5. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 220˚C/425˚F.

Flavour options
Cheese - omit sugar and add 2oz grated cheese
Fruit - add 2oz dried fruit (sultanas, raisins etc)
Cherry - add 1 oz chopped glacé cherries
Wheaten - substitute half the flour with wheaten/wholemeal flour
Treacle - add 1 tbsp treacle mixed with milk
Spice - add 1 tsp mixed spice to the flour and use 1oz soft brown sugar instead of caster sugar
Date - add 1oz chopped dates (especially nice with wheaten scones)


  1. That book is a treasure.

  2. What a beautiful thing to have Ruth, a recipe book hand written by your mum!! I am also making my own hand written recipe book for my family to pass on :D

    I really adore your mummy's scones - lovely and fresh mmmm perfection on a plate!

    Rosie x

  3. Awe what a lovely heirloom to have and one day you can pass it onto your kids ;o)

    I love scones, especially with jam and clotted cream! Your scones are a treat.


  4. Yummy...those scones look good Ruth!

  5. What a wonderful book to have. I wish my Mam had something like that, but I think her battered 70's version of Delia Smith's Cookery Course is the closest I'm going to get! ;-)

    Scones look delightful!

  6. It sure is Maryann.

    Very true Rosie. I'm also planning on doing it myself when I get the time and write in some of the recipes i have on here.

    Hey Maria, I love scones with clotted cream and jam too! Just a shame I didn't have any yesterday.

    Thanks Priscilla.

    Hi Deborah, my mum also has an old battered 70s version of Delia's cookery course which I'll probably inherit too someday.

  7. I am totally charmed by the story of your mother's book. My grandmother used to keep such a book. There is something wonderful about someone's recipes written out in their own handwriting that typeface just cannot capture.

    I'm making the scones right now. The oven is preheating as I type!

  8. Hi Erin! You're so right, there's something very special about a handwritten recipe.

    You're quick off the mark making your Taste and Create! I've only had time to look up your blog! Hope you liked the scones! Can't wait to see how yours turned out.

  9. I had great fun making your scones Ruth. I think they are different from what americans are typically used to, but they really grew on me. And they are certainly healthy!

    And I got a jump start on it because my husband was out of town for the week, so I used some of my (newly) free time to bake. :)

  10. Hey Skinny, you're just right to get a jump start on making them then. I'm so glad you liked them!


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