Sunday, 4 December 2011
As promised, here I am today with the companion volume to yesterday's cookery book, entitled, Grandma's Recipe Treats, packed with Tasty and Traditional Dishes. Now, if that isn't a title that will tempt you, I don't know what will!
Perhaps I can tempt you with it's beautiful cover, easily wipeable (a plus where cookery books are concerned) and so very pretty with it's flower trellis border and beautiful blooms.
Or maybe you can be tempted with it's fine table of contents . . . 47 pages of taste tempting breads, soups, main dishes and teatime treats, with a variety of crafts, hints and tips interspersed here and there.
Yes, it has crafts and tips! Want to make a pretty apron using a teatowel as a gift for a friend? It's here! Want to know how bake perfect cookies? Grandma's wisdom tells you how. Beauty tips??? Look no further, Grandma knows all!
Each recipe is written with three measurements . . . including metric, weight and North American measures . . . so there need be no confusion, and of course each is accompanied with a delicious looking photograph.
As well there are quaint and beautiful photos scattered throughout, very nostalgic and as comfy as a grannies lap.
I wanted to cook one of the main dishes, as there are some really tasty ones to choose from such as Chicken Pie with a Sweet Potato Topping and Pan Fried Beef with Creamy Mushrooms, but we were going out for supper today so I settled on a teatime treat of Cheese Crusted Potato Scones.
I ran into just a smidgen of trouble . . . the cup size of the mash was either wrong, or the amount of milk was wrong . . . I couldn't really tell which, and so I chose to increase the milk, and they turned out lovely.
Oh so moist with a moreishly crisp crust on the outside, enhanced with scrummy cheddar cheese. These were delicious!
They would be the perfect side to serve with a hot pot of soup, or a plate of delicious stew.
Or even on their own for the teatime table along with plenty of butter for spreading and preserves for dolloping.
Altogether I am delighted with this book and I just can't wait to cook something else from it. It would make the perfect gift for any cook on your Christmas list this year.
*Cheese Crusted Potato Scones*
These are delicious, with a moist crumb and crunchy cheese topping, as well as the goodness of whole wheat.
200g/ 7 oz/ 1 3/4 cups self raising flour
3 TBS whole meal/whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
25g/ 1 oz/ 2 TBS cold butter, cubed
7 to 8 TBS milk
65g/ 2.5 oz/ 1/4 cup cold mashed potatoes
freshly ground black pepper
2 TBS milk for brushing
40g/ 1 1/2 ounce/ 6 TBS finely grated cheddar cheese
Paprika to dust
Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Set aside.
Measure the flours, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Drop in the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Whisk together the mashed potatoes and 4 TBS of milk, seasoning with some black pepper. Add all at once to the dry mixture, adding the remainder of the milk as needed. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly for a few seconds until smooth. Pat into a 6 inch round. Transfer to the buttered baking sheet. Mark the scone into 6 wedges, cutting about halfway down with a sharp knife, but not all the way through. Brush with some milk, sprinkle with the cheese and a faint dusting of paprika.
Bake on the middle shefl of the preheated oven for 16 minutes, or until well risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool for 5 minutes, before breaking into wedges to serve.
Serve warm with butter for spreading, or allow to cool completely. Once cool, store in an airtight tin. Serve split and buttered.
Available at Amazon.co.uk for £8.99
ISBN - 13: 978-0-85775-256-7
Published by Flame Tree Publishing, and also available through the same.
Many thanks to Eleanor and FTP for sending me this delightful book. I give this book a rating of 8 out of 10!! (I took a few points off for the discrepancy in the amount of milk or potatoes in this recipe. As an experienced cook I knew how to correct it, but someone else who has little cooking knowledge might be stumped by this.)
Over in The Cottage today there is a delicious Roasted Lemon Chicken with Croutons.