Today is widely reported to be the busiest day for online Christmas shopping in the UK. An estimated £8 billion will be spent during the course of the day by online Christmas shoppers. We think that sounds pretty disgusting considering the world of abject poverty many live in. So instead of a post talking about stocking fillers and gift ideas we thought we would offer a bit of light, but tasty, relief.
Put down your credit card, forget about choosing between next day delivery or standard delivery, ignore the manufactured pressure to conform by joining the world of AWOL employees (yes an acronym for everything, apparently today AWOL means At Work- On Line) and join us for a bit of baking instead.
Measure out 10oz self raising flour into a large bowl with a pinch of salt and a pinch of mustard powder (optional). Add 2oz of cooking margarine or butter and using an everyday knife shop the fat into the flour until it is all in tiny pieces. Use your fingerstips to rug the mixture together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Grate 3oz cheddar cheese, combine with the flour mix. Pour in 1/4 pint of milk and combine until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a floured worksurface and either or roll out or gentle press out with your fingers until the dough is about 2-3cm thick. Cut out your scones, this amount of dough should produce about a dozen scones. Bake in a hot oven, 200C, for 8-10 minutes.
Enjoy hot with butter and a hearty bowl of soup. Delicious, and not an online bargain in site.