Sunday, 20 May 2018

Baking- Cheese Scones + Brownies

I've been doing some baking recently, so it's time for another baking post. :)

Cheese Scones

First of all I made cheese scones a couple of weekends ago. They were for my mum's birthday because she likes them. :) I personally prefer sweet scones but cheese are nice too.

The recipe is from Sam Stern's Cheese Scone Tea in his Student Cookbook.

Cheese Scone tea


225g/8oz plain white flour
4 level tsps baking powder
Good pinch salt
Pinch dry mustard and/or cayenne pepper
50g/20z finely grated Cheddar (I used half Red Leicester, half Canadian cheddar)
50g/2oz butter
1 large egg, beaten
4 tbsps cold water

Note: I've only copied the ingredients out because I believe that's all I'm allowed to do legally. The recipe isn't on Sam's website but you can find a similar one from All Recipes here:

 There is one online for Sam's sweet scones in a Yorkshire Cream Tea:

And here's another one from BBC Food:

The BBC Food one uses self raising flour rather than plain white flour and baking powder, which are in the Sam recipe.

Paul Hollywood also has a recipe for wholemeal cheese scones that uses plain flour and baking powder:

The recipe I made has Cheddar cheese in but I used half Red Leicester and half Canadian Cheddar. They came out quite nice. Here's a picture:

Foil got a bit burnt but never mind!


Then yesterday I baked brownies. I thought about making the 3 ingredient Nutella ones I've made before, but at the time the computer was in the shop and I only have the recipe online, so I decided to do a Sam Stern one instead. It's also from the Student Cookbook, his Brownie Basic recipe. In the end I got the computer back earlier than I thought but went ahead and made that recipe, but with Nutella in.

Brownie Basics


75g/30oz soft butter
1 large egg, beaten (I used a medium egg)
100g/40z plain white flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
75g/30z chocolate (original recipe uses plain chocolate but I used a mix of Nutella and Hans Sloane milk and dark chocolate beads
1bsp milk or cold black coffee
4 drops vanilla extra

There are optional nuts but I didn't have any since I didn't have any in, and not that bothered about nuts in general!

Sam doesn't have that recipe on his site either (although he does have one for Salted Caramel Cheesecake Brownies)  but here's a similar recipe from Jamie Oliver:

With the one I used you melt the chocolate and milk or cold coffee in a bowl of simmering water (or use the microwave like I did) and the butter is beaten with the sugar and then added to the egg and dry ingredients, so it's a bit different to Jamie's where you melt the butter with the chocolate.

Here's another recipe from BBC Good Food as well:

It has an optional chocolate topping; sounds good! The recipes requires a lot of eggs though (6), whereas the one I made needs one large egg and I used a medium one, which worked ok. These ones are gooey.

As well as the Nutella, I put some Hans Sloane milk and dark drinking chocolate beads (the recipe uses plain chocolate) in my brownies. You can put milk or cold coffee in the mix, I used coffee. I wasn't sure what they'd come out like with the Nutella/Hans Sloane mix but they were yummy, nice flavour and chewy texture, but not too chewy. Here's a pic:

Hope you enjoy the scones and brownies if you make them :)

For more brownie recipe visit these posts:

Fudgy chocolate brownies (also No-Yeast dinner rolls are also included in the post:

Red velvet brownies (plus a pancake recipe):

And check out more Sam Stern recipes here:

Birdies Perch Malteser slice (one of my favourite things to make!):

Potato and onion soup (often make this for lunch):

Chocolate and peanut butter flapjacks:

Chocolate drinks:

Ginger apple tealoaf I made last Madron:

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