It was freezing when I took the dog out at 07.15 this morning - same as yesterday, but at least it was dry. My face was so frozen I could barely speak, and my fingers were numb. And that's just a couple of degrees below freezing, goodness only knows how people in really cold countries cope....we're a nation of softies here. I don't wear gloves because I've only got woollen ones and don't feel I have a secure enough grip on the dog lead whilst wearing them, I need to get some leather ones I think. Will have a look on the internet in a bit.
So it was nice to spend a couple of hours in the warm kitchen doing some baking this morning. I made cheese scones to have with home cooked ham and salad for lunch, a meat pie for dinner this evening, and a fruit sponge topped pudding for husband.
I've been making scones for years, both fruit and savoury...I prefer savoury scones myself. Sometimes I do plain cheese, sometimes with sun dried tomato and tomato puree added. I generally use half white/half wholemeal flour. This morning I added smoked paprika and chopped spring onions. A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for 3-ingredient cheese scones - just self raising flour, mature cheddar and yogurt, I was a bit sceptical but the recipe was from a well known writer and the pictures looked good, so I tried it. Well, they're brilliant...light, fluffy, flaky and well risen, I use the same recipe all the time now. Here's the link: https://www.theenglishkitchen.co/2019/03/three-ingredient-cheese-scones.html?fbclid=IwAR0iCASLUY_7p8uVuaDgoHi-g1tWSL1KKVSdylvNehVuTvZ2wTNnLa2G7-U the writer is Marie of The English Kitchen, a Canadian lady who lived in the UK for many years, she's just returned home to Canada after a marriage break up. I love her recipes.
For the meat pie I used bought puff pastry and a tub of cooked and frozen minced steak and veggies, it'll do 2 meals for us so we'll have it again tomorrow.
The fruit pudding is our home grown apples, pears and blueberries out of the freezer, topped with a sponge mix flavoured with cinnamon. I'm not much of a pudding eater, but husband is.
Thank you for comments on my last post, I'm still working on my Plans list.