Saturday, July 24, 2010

Submitted Recipe: Cheesy Nom-Nom Stars

Cheesy Nom-Nom Stars
Platform: Anywhere!
Prep-time: About 40 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 7, or 425 F (220 C)

Scones are awesome, and when I found this recipe in my inbox, I had to try them right away. Scientific trial and all. These are delicious little scones, and while they do take a little bit longer to make than a pack of ramen noodles, this is time well-invested!
  • 225g self-raising flour (which converts to about 2 cups)
  • 40g butter (converts to 6 tablespoons, which is 3/8 of a cup), cold
  • 150ml milk (1/4 pint)
  • grated aged or mature cheddar cheese (poster's note: I used about a cup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • pinch salt
  • powdered mustard, black pepper and rosemary or sage to taste (PN: I used a half teaspoon of each)
  • flour for rolling out
  1. Pre-grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. First of all, sift the flour into a bowl and rub the butter into it rapidly, using your fingertips. Next stir in the sugar and salt, then take a knife and use it to mix in the milk little by little. Now flour your hands a little and knead the mixture to a soft dough - adding a drop more milk if it feels at all dry.
  3. Then turn the dough out onto a floured pastry board and roll it out to a thickness of not less than 3/4 inch (2 cm) using a lightly floured rolling pin. Take a 1 1/2 or 2 inch (4 or 5 cm) pastry cutter (either fluted or plain) and place it on the dough, then tap it sharply so that it goes straight through the dough - don't twist it or the scones will turn a peculiar shape! After you have cut out as many scone shapes as you can like that, knead the dough trimmings together again and repeat until you have used it all.
  4. Then place the scones on the greased baking sheet, dust each one with a little extra flour and bake near the top of the oven for 12-15 minutes. When cooked the scones will have turned a crisp golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and eat them slightly warm, still crisp on the outside and soft and light inside.

This recipe does require an oven and a baking sheet, as well as a mixing bowl and a rolling surface. (PN: I just used my cutting board with some flour on it.) If you use vegetarian cheese, the scones count as vegetarian.

Much thanks to Cygninae of wow_ladies!

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