Homemade treats for someone special!

It’s been about a week since my girlfriend left, but when she arrived, I decided to surprise her with two very nice afternoon tea treats: Blueberry Muffins and Chocolate Scones. Yeah, sorry for all British readers, but no raisins or sultanas… but chocolate! It is very tasty! Needless to say, they were delicious and she loved it! Phew!

Ingredients for the Blueberry Muffin:

  • 250g of wholemeal flour;
  • 1 full tsp of baking powder;
  • 50g of soft butter (some people use vegetable oil for this);
  • 75g of Demerara sugar;
  • 190g of fresh blueberries;
  • zest of 1 lemon;
  • 2 large eggs;
  • 250ml milk.

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat the oven at gas7/200C;
  • Mix the flour and the baking powder;
  • Rub the butter in the flour until it resembles bread crumbs;
  • Add the eggs to the mixture;
  • Dissolve the sugar in the milk and add to the mix, together with the remaining ingredients;
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is roughly uniform;
  • Place 12 large muffin cups in a baking tray and fill them up until there is about half a centimetre headspace. This will roughly fill all the cups equally. Avoid getting any of the batter on the edges of the cups. This will help in the presentation;
  • Bake until the tops are golden brown;
  • Cool them slightly on the tray and move to a rack;
  • Keep them in an airtight container. They should last about 10 days.

Ingredients for chocolate scones:

  • 225g of all-purpose flour;
  • 1 full tsp of baking powder;
  • A bit of salt;
  • 45g of butter;
  • 25g of caster sugar;
  • 150ml of milk;
  • 80g of 70% chocolate;
  • 1 free-range egg to glaze;

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat the oven at gas7/200C;
  • Mix the sugar, flour and baking powder together and rub in the butter;
  • Cut the chocolate into small cubes;
  • Add the milk and chocolate and mix everything together with a wooden spoon;
  • Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes;
  • Roll out the dough to approximately 2cm thick;
  • Use a glass about 5-6cm wide to cut the dough and place the scones onto a well buttered baking tray (use something smaller if you want more scones);
  • Glaze the top with the beaten egg;
  • Bake until the top is golden brown (approximately 30mins);
  • Place on a wire rack for cooling;
  • Serve with looooooooooads of clotted cream and jam.

Phew! That’s took longer than I was hoping! Ah well, hopefully someone will actually bake this sometime! Toodles everyone!

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