Baking is Love – Cheesy Mashed Potato Scones, Heart shaped, of course.

In the Spirit of the Bake Off, I have made some Mashed Potato Scones, and I made them Heart shaped. Well why not?

I didn’t follow a recipe as such, I just improvised. I had some mashed potato left over and wanted to make something with it.

To make mashed potato, I never add milk which I find makes it too runny. I add a tablespoon of butter and a good handful of grated cheddar cheese.

I had a cup and half of this mix left over to which I added some extra salt, some pepper and an egg.

I then gradually added self raising flour until the mixture became a sticky dough. I kneaded it on a floured board then rolled it into a ball and left it for an hour.

Then I flatted it, cut it into quarters and shaped each piece into a heart shape just less then an inch thick.

I then placed them on a baking tray, brushed them with milk and baked them in a medium to hot oven for 15 minutes.

Here is the result.

So not the traditional scones that we spread with jam, but a savoury one that tasted delicious spread with butter.


Picture of the Day – Cockington village

I am not being rude, it is honestly the name of a very pretty village near Torquay in Devon, England.

It is quite a popular spot for coach tours because it is so quaint. The village Smithy is still going strong with its Thatched roof. A number of cottages still have their traditional thatch. This view was taken from one of the tea gardens, where they serve the famous Devonshire Cream Tea.

Cream tea isn’t, like someone I know thought, Tea with cream in it (Yuck),

It is Tea served with Scones, Clotted cream and Jam. Clotted cream itself is a wonder. It is cream so thick you can spread it with a knife.

Nothing can quite compare to a lovely sunny day sitting in the tea garden in Cockington overlooking a duck pond eating scones with clotted cream and jam and enjoying a nice cup of tea.

I hope you enjoy this picture.