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.

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

mental health

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.