First Bake Club Challenge

In Wellington, the city where I live, they've started a tradition of a festival called "Wellington on a Plate". It's really cool, there are lots of restaurants doing special deals, lots of classes you can go to, degustations, and shows etc. The really cool part, however, is the Wellington Bake Club 2012. You get a group of 4 together and bake off every week, judge each other and the person with the highest number of points wins and gets to go to the Wellington Bake Off! You can win all these cool prizes and it seems like a lot of fun, so Becca, Ashleigh, Alex and I created such a bake club. We've decided to do ours slightly differently... We all bake together every week and I get to do the bake off, mostly because they're afraid of my culinary prowess. ;) Also because I'm the only one who really wants to! So Ashleigh had work this morning, but Becca came over and we completed the first week's challenge... Savoury scones. I don't really make many savoury things (as you can probably tell...) so it was quite cool to have a go at making some cheese scones. The recipe was from one of mum's friends and it worked really well. Mmm scones...

Cheese Scones

4 cups self-raising flour
100g butter
1t sugar
1/4t salt
2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1-2 cups cheese, grated (depending on desired cheesiness)


The directions that mum wrote down with the list of ingredients were very basic. VERY. This is it: Fold toss together milk + egg. Very wet roll out on bench. 220 10 mins. So... Luckily she was here to decode them for me! Here are some better directions...

Preheat the ovent o 220°C and grease and line a baking tray. Sift the flour into a large bowl and grate the butter into it. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it's all combined. Mix in the sugar and the cheese and then make a well in the centre. Pour in the milk and the egg and cut through the mixture with a butter knife until just combined. Do not overmix! The mixture will be very wet, so if it's not too wet then roll it out onto a floured surface and cut into squares. Otherwise, spoon the mixture in large dollops onto the tray and then sprinkle with more cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they start to become golden brown on the top.

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