Bryony Bakes: Scones

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Recently I have been baking scones and I thought I would share with you my favourite really easy, simple and quick scones recipe.

Makes 12-15. Oven Temperature 200C or 180 Fan.

Ingredients

85g Unsalted Butter

350g Self-raising Flour

1/4tsp Salt

1 and a half tsp Baking Powder

2 tbsp Caster Sugar

200ml warm full fat milk

1 tsp Fresh lemon juice

Clotted Cream

Jam of your choice

Method

1. Dice and rub the unsalted butter into the 350g self raising flour.

2. Stir in the salt, baking powder and the 2 tbsp of caster sugar.

3. Use a knife to stir in the milk and the lemon juice. Don’t over mix just combine ingredients.

4. Turn onto lightly floured surface and mix together lightly.

5. Pat down to 2cm thickness. Cut out 5cm rounds using a glass or cookie cutter.

6. Brush with milk or dust with flour.

7. Bake on a lined baking tray for 10-15 minutes until risen and golden.

8. Wait to cool, then serve with clotted cream and a jam of your choice.

My Achievements With Macintyre Charity 2016-2019

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This week I finished my 3 year journey with Macintyre. And what a 3 years t’s been! I have achieved things that used to make me feel extremely anxious and scared. But now I am able to do things around and about my community with more confidence.

I thought I would share with you some of my top achievements I have made through my time with Macintyre as a student in one of their life centres working on building my independent living skills.

My First Year

In my first year at Macintyre I was very shy and quite. I didn’t really like talking much. I found shopping really difficult and it took me a while to even get out of the car when shopping at the supermarket because I was so anxious and thought others were talking about me. After a while I had a go at walking to the shop entrance and waiting there for a bit. I worked with my support workers on something called Lego therapy, this is when you choose a lego brick colour that best represents a emotion. For example yellow was my happy colour and green my safe were as black represented the emotion scared. This was a great way to show others how I was feeling when I couldn’t express my emotions verbally or when my thoughts are going round in my head at 100 miles an hour.

I then started to use my lego therapy to help me in public places that make makes me feel stressed. I would go into the supermarket and just look at my green circle whilst going around the supermarket. We then started to shop at ASDA and before I knew it I was finding things we needed and paying at the till. When I felt anxious I would look at all the green posters etc around the supermarket not worrying about if everyone was talking, looking or laughing at me.

Towards the end of the first year I worked on trying to get on the bus. I was so scared about going on the bus I couldn’t make it even out of the grounds for a while. But over time I did manage to get to the bus stop and stop the bus. I went on a small bus journey to the nearest street and built it up from that. I then started to learn about how to stop the bus when you reached where you wanted to go.

My Second Year

At the start of my second year I came up with my own social enterprise project called Bryony’s Positive Enterprise. I made little gifts and cooked some things to sell. I made my own granola pots, pasta salad pots, cookie in a jar, hot chocolate stirrers, bracelets and key rings. I came up with my own ideas of what I wanted to make using Pinterest for ideas. For my project I learnt a lot about money management as I had to find and work out my costs and then how much I would sell my makes for making sure I made a little bit of profit as they profit helped pay for my next make and money towards my end of term treat.

I worked on cooking a meal I could take home with for my family and I to have. One term we did mains and the next desserts. I would find a recipe of what I wanted to make then I would make a list of all the ingredients needed. I then searched the prices of each item on the supermarkets websites. I wrote down each items price then added it all up to workout my total. I would then go to the kitchen to see if we already had ingredients we needed for the recipe. Making reductions to my shopping list seeing how much I would spend on each meal. I took the bus into town did my shopping at the supermarket and learnt how to use the self checkout. I had to make everything from scratch so I couldn’t buy things such as ready made pastry or sauces. when going into town to buy my ingredients I was able to get on the bus without feeling so terrified and I even caught the bus back from the noisy bus station which I found hard because it was so busy and noisy.

During my second year I did a lot of work on domestic skills. I did some washing, ironing of clothes and bed sheets, pairing socks and bed making.

Whilst in my second year I was trying to find work experience. So I did a lot of work on CV writing. I did do a morning volunteering at a Cancer Research Charity Shop. I then found work experience at a different charity shop and designed and made some of the window displays.

My Last Year

In my last year with Macintyre I worked in the community and not in the centre. I started to increase my hours doing my work experience at the charity shop. I learn’t how to use the till and over time I served customers independently. At the shop I also started designing and creating more window displays.

In my final year I found another work experience placement which was working on a little local farm which is a therapeutic learning centre that helps young people who are home educated, children finding it hard at school, children who find it hard in mainstream school or have mental health difficulties such as anxiety.

Through my time with Macintyre I have really grown in confidence and I now have skills to help me be more independent in every day life!

If you would like to know more about Macintyre Charity please visit: https://www.macintyrecharity.org

Bryony Bakes: Lemon Orange Cake

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Earlier this month I celebrated my 21st Birthday. My mum made me this delicious lemon and orange cake and I want to share the recipe with you. If you love lemon cake then you would probably find this cake on your top 10 list of favourite lemon cake recipes.

Ingredients

200g Soft Margarine

250g Caster Sugar

2 Large Eggs

200g Full Fat Natural Yogurt mixed with juice of 1/2 lemon, left covered at room temperature for 20 minutes

300g Plain Flour

3 Level tsp Baking Powder

2 Cake Tins (23cm) line base,grease sides

3 Oranges or Lemon Zest

Orange Marmalade

Chopped Ginger

Method

1. Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined.

2. Beat in the finely grated zest of 3 oranges or 3 lemons and then add 50g of marmalade.

3. Beat in the yogurt mix.

4. Fold in the flour and baking powder thoroughly.

5. Spoon the mixture into the tins making sure you level off the tops.

6. Bake for 45 minutes at 160C fan / 180c normal.

7. Test with a skewer insert into the centre of the cake. Should come out clean if not cool for another 5-10 minutes.

Filing and Icing Top

1. Sandwich the cakes once cooled with orange marmalade or lemon butter icing.

2. Top with lemon juice, icing sugar a knob of butter beaten together.

3. Add a little chopped ginger in syrup if liked. You could also add a little zest too.

The Joy Of Baking

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From a young age I have loved baking especially with my mum. As a young child I found it magical to see how the cakes in the oven would change and get bigger and bigger. Or seeing how the biscuits got all golden; not forgetting the wonderful smells they created coming from the oven.

My mum used to come into my primary and do cookery lessons, we learnt how to make lots of different things from cheese scones, jam tarts and marble cake to name a few.

A few years ago I went into a mental health hospital for a couple of weeks. I had 1:1 sessions with the occupational therapist (OT for short). The OT and I had quite a few sessions together baking. We would bake party food together such as cupcakes,biscuits and brownies. I would make party food because when someone was due to leave the ward we would have a little leaving party for them. I enjoyed doing baking activities whilst in hospital as it helped me with my anxiety as I started to feel more comfortable around others. I found by baking it helped me to talk to others and start conversations. People would ask me questions like “what recipe book did you use?”Or “how much chocolate did you use ? “. From just these few questions the conversations I was having grew and before I knew it I had made new friends. I loved seeing others enjoying my baking!

Last year at college I did baking sessions to build up my independent living skills. I would make all the recipes from scratch and my 1:1 helper would help me to make each recipe. I made things such as Victoria Sponge Cake, Black Forest Gateau Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. At college before I made anything I would go on the computer and look at a supermarket website to see how much the ingredients cost and how much I would be spending to make each recipe. I would then go to that supermarket and buy the ingredients I needed.

Chocolate Fridge Cake.

Baking doesn’t just make me feel happy, it helps me build up lots of different skills:

Baking helps me to improve my maths as I have to weigh each ingredient correctly to make sure the recipe turns out right . I also need to make sure the oven is on the correct heat and I have to manage my time efficiently because my baking needs to be done and cooked properly before the end of the day.

Sometimes when baking I will need to rub butter into the flour with my finger tips to make a crumble type mixture, by doing this with my hands I am building up my hand strength; I need to make sure I am building up my strength as I am weaker on one side of my body due to my disability.

I find following recipe instructions sometimes difficult to understand so by trying out new recipes I am not only building up on my reading skills but I start to understand the sequence of the instructions.

At college I enjoyed baking things for when we did cake sales . We raise money for Children in Need, Comic Relief and local charities that helped disabled people and their families.

Bryony Bakes: Tanya Burr’s Iced Spiced Scones

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At Christmas time I love to bake with my mum. Filling the kitchen with all smells that scream the Christmas Season from the smells of cinnamon to dried orange.

This year I tried out a new recipe from Tanya Burr’s new book TANYA’S Christmas. I loved how these scones turned out, however  I put my own twist on the recipe so I thought I would share it with you.





Makes 12 Small Scones/ 8 Big Scones

if you would like quite big scones you will need 5cm round pastry cutter

Cooking Time 15 Minutes

Ingredients

250g self-raising flour ,plus extra for dusting

1tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

lemon zest or orange zest

40g unsalted butter softened

30g golden caster sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

125ml milk, plus extra for brushing

For the glaze:

3-4 tbsp lemon juice

150g icing sugar , sifted

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C / 400 F / Gas Mark 6. Then line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder,spices and lemon or orange zest in a bowl. Add the butter, using your fingertips work the butter into the flour until the mixture has a crumbly texture. Then stir in  the sugar.
  3. Add the lightly beaten egg into the flour mixture then add the milk; little by little not all at once. You might not need to add all the milk. You just need  enough for your dough to be soft and sticky.
  4. Dust your work surface with a little bit of flour. Put the dough out onto the floured surface. Using your hands pat it into a nice flat disc shape. Roll it gentle a few times to flattered  it to a thickness of 2-3 cm.
  5. Using your pastry cutter; cut out your circles and place them on the baking tray. Repeat this making sure when you need to bring the dough back together you knead it lightly, before patting it into a disc to cut out more circles.
  6. Brush the tops of each scone with milk and pop into the oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the tops of the scones are golden.
  7.  Whilst the scones bake, prepare the glaze by stirring the lemon juice into the icing sugar a little at a time until you have a smooth runny mixture. You could add lemon or orange zest into the glaze.
  8. Remove the scones from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely . Pour the smooth runny glaze over the tops and allow them to set. You could just enjoy them whilst the glaze just put on them.
  9. Enjoy!

Bryony Bakes: Christmas Spiced Brownie Cake

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Ingredients

150g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped.

150g Unsalted Butter.

3 Large Eggs.

125g Caster Sugar.

1tsp Vanilla Extract.

Zest of 1 Clementine.

1 tbsp Orange Juice.

3 tbsp Red Wine.

1/4 tsp Ground Mixed Spices.

100g Plain Flour.

1/4 tsp Baking Powder.

For The Decoration.

A Couple Of Rows Of White Chocolate From The Chocolate Bar.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180*C, Fan160*C, Gas 4 and line the base of a round 24cm-diameter springform tin.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of gentle simmering water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. You could gently melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave at a low setting; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 20 minutes.

3. In a large bowl whisk the eggs , caster sugar and vanilla extract. Then add in the clementine zest , orange juice , red wine and ground mixed spice whisk till just combined. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the beaten eggs and mix until combined and smooth. Then fold in the flour mixture until combined making sure no flour is visible.

4. Pour the mixture into the lined tin. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set on top but still a little bit gooey inside. Leave to cool in the tin.

5. Whilst the cake is cooling, melt the white chocolate on a low heat in the microwave for about a minute and a half. Once melted stir the chocolate to help get rid of any lumps. Once the cake is completely cooled, take the cake out of the tin and drizzled the white chocolate all over the top of the cake.

6. Enjoy!