Tuesday 27 December 2011

Yuletide Holidays... and making Devonshire Scones...

With visitors we ate the Christmas cake before Christmas Eve,so I baked another one. This time patiently waiting for it to cool before removing from the bunt pan.It came out a perfect polo-mint round. 

On Christmas morning we toasted with Champagne and orange juice to the sound of vintage songs, then lunched on chickens roasted with garden herbs,lemon and garlic, crunchy roasted potatoes with soft fluffy centres, sprouts and carrots that still had a little bite; and soft roasted vegetables with half garlic bulbs and caramelised onion gravy, Moist chocolate cake and trifle.  

Exchanged gifts, watched movies, played boggle and backgammon.  Had baking days together making sausage rolls, Cheese, Walnut and Spinach Slices, coffee cake and Devonshire scones to serve with strawberry jam and clotted cream. 

And in-between created sandwiches with juicy left over chicken, roasted veg and houmous or grainy mustard, on slices of crunchy brown bread,  Spaghetti with Spicy Prawns and salmon and A's famous pizzas. Stayed up till gone 2am every night talking about all sorts...then had long lie-ins that we'd dreamed of all year long...

Devonshire Scones

Ingredients for 20 scones:

  • 450g/1 lb self-raising flour
  • 2 rounded teaspoons baking powder
  • 75g/3oz butter,at room temperature
  • 50g/20z caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • about 225ml/8 fluid oz milk


  1. Preheat oven to 220c/425f/Gas mark 7 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter.
  3. Add the sugar and mix in well
  4. Add the eggs to the milk and mix well and gradually add the mixture into the dry ingredients, reserving a little to glaze the finished scones.
  5. The mixture should be a soft rather than dry dough. Put onto a floured surface and roll out until it's about an inch thick (2cm)
  6. Cut out the scones and place onto the baking sheet. Glaze with the egg/milk mixture and then bake for ten to fifteen minutes until they have risen and are golden brown.
  7. Place on cooling rack. 
Delicious served when still warm with butter or clotted cream and strawberry jam...yummy..

...thanks to A,H,B,S, and T for a perfect  yuletide...


  1. your christmas sounds beautiful! I'm glad you had a very happy (and delicious) yuletide!

  2. Thanks Shu Han...and now we've got New Year to look forward to!

  3. Sounds as though you had a fabulous Christmas. Lovely looking scones, even if they aren't Cornish ones ;-)

  4. The food looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I love the festive nail polish :)

  5. I love the look of your decorations and food!

  6. I made hundreds of paper snowflakes last year and couldn't bear to throw them away and so managed to recycle some of them this year...I think they make the room look lovely and bright....and thanks for the nice comments about the food too...

    Have a happy new year...