Sultana Scones

A chance to celebrate the end of the week and indulge in a bit of naughtiness. This is a simple scone recipe that is very easy to make.


You will need:

  • 225g SR Flour
  • 80g Butter (Cold & cubed)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbl Spoons sugar
  • 80g Sultanas
  • Milk to bind (100ml approx.)

Set oven to high (220 deg c) – Sift flour into large bowl and add salt butter. Crumble butter into flour with fingers until it resembles bread crumbs.. Add sugar and sultanas and mix with a metal spoon. Create a well in the middle of the dry mix and add milk and mix in with spoon. (It will be a bit sticky but not sticking to the bowl greatly).


On a lightly floured surface gently knead and shape the dough (this will make it less sticky and easier to roll). Roll out to a thickness of about 2.5 cm and cut into rounds or whatever you fancy and put onto a lightly greased baking sheet.


Brush with milk or beaten egg wash and bake on top shelf of oven for 7-10 mins or until golden brown. I used milk as I am not a great fan of the uber gloss. (Each to their own).


Serve with jam and cream (clotted if you dare!) Nom nom…


Off to make some pizzas for the kids now.


Costco Cake

There are times when all you can do is buy a cake off the shelf. Today my daughter secured a place at the prestigious University of Glasgow; the 4th oldest University in an english speaking country. Given that we were not certain of what the outcome might have been I was unable to bake in advance. Enter Costco. Love it or not their cakes tick many boxes…

  • Impact
  • Sugar hit
  • Size
  • Flavour
  • VFM

This came off the shelf – no need to pre order.

When she cut everyone a slice her brother noticed that she had left the shape of the letter ‘M’ in the cake (she is called Melissa). “Spooky or what” he repeated…

well done Melissa we are so proud of you. xxx

Been busy

I feel that I have neglected this space as it has been a while since I last posted anything. I have been a bit distracted by my garden project which will hopefully culminate in the firing of my hand built, wood burning pizza oven. I have dug out a corner of my compact back garden (typical of a new build UK home) and felled 3 trees, removed a rockery, built a wall, laid a patio, moved a rose and grape vine, made a bench and fashioned a slope for my miniature meadow.

This is how it kinda looked beforeImage

and this…



The chaos before order…




Now it looks like this…



The pizza oven will sit behind the wall facing the patio area…



Any suggestions on pizza oven design?