Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Weekend Baking - Scones, Berry Muffins, pies, Sausage Rolls

When our cream starts to turn - a little whiff or just past the use by date - I like to make scones to quickly use it up. I hate waste. I realised we had no milk 1/2 way through making them - instant milk to the rescue - worked perfectly. I like this quick cutting technique - make a log and cut - no scraps. I usually just make scones through feel  so have no idea of quantities, plenty of good recipes on the web, just don't mix too much, put close together in a hot oven and they're pretty forgiving.
The instant milk packet (Aldi) had a quick one bowl method for making berry muffins so I made those too.  They were so good I made them again tonight, this time with a bit of white chocolate. They are so quick and easy - good one for kids to help with.
2 cups SR flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup reconstituted milk powder (or 1 cup fresh milk works fine)
2 cups berries (I used frozen)
2 eggs
1tspn vanilla
100g melted butter
1/2 cup White chocolate (optional)
Preheat oven 180.C
Mix dry then wet ingredients in big bowl with wooden spoon - add berries last so they don't turn to mush. 
Do not over-mix, a few lumps are fine. 
Cook in greased muffin pans (12) 20 - 25mins
stand 5 mins then cool on rack


Sausage rolls made with turkey mince - just add a packet of turkey or chicken mince (think they're 500g), a grated carrot, a couple of eggs, bread crumbs, Worcestershire Sauce, mix and roll into puff pastry, brush pastry with milk and cook 180 C until lightly browned. I add zuchinni when they're in season. The kids love these served with home made chutney and salad - lots of freckle lettuce at our house at the moment. 

Bowerbird dad doesn't eat meat so I also make these with ricotta, feta and silverbeet although I cheated this time and he had bought frozen pastizzis. 

We're also big fans of lazy lentil salad made with tinned organic lentils, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and coarsely chopped parsley and coriander. All but the Bowerbird boy like it and it's been on the table most nights this week.

 Made these because I got out too much pastry (again with the not wasting) - apple and rhubarb pies.


  1. What a bake-athon !! I'm going to copy your scones today. And the berry muffins! Great photos ( as usual ) xx Ava

  2. Yum....you certainly got busy in the kitchen! I like your sausage roll recipe and the vego version sounds good too! lovely photos
    Jode x

  3. You've been busy!! Muffins looks delish.. may have to try this recipe so generously supplied by Aldi. Hopefully in another month or so there will be some fresh berries in the garden to bake with. Sausage rolls look yummy too, I've never made them with chicken (or turkey!) mince..it's usually pork here. This could be a good change and the vegie option has my mouth watering, too! Can't believe you made pies on top of everything else, you would make any Nanna proud ;)

  4. You've been very busy baking, I was a bit like that on the weekend too. It feels good to make things for your family to eat though instead of buying. Looks all very yummy:)

  5. Wow, you've been busy! Looks so delicious. Will bookmark your recipes and give it a go. Thanks!


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