The kids wanted to bake, and they wanted to help, and I mean really help! The only thing I could think of where they would have to get their hands dirty is to make scones. So scones it is! This is a very basic scone recipe.
225g plain flour.
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
30g caster sugar
60g butter (room temperature)
Pinch of cinnamon powder
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
Put flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl. With your fingers, rub the dry ingredients into the butter until it starts resembling breadcrumbs. The kids will have a blast doing this. Once the dry ingredients have all been rubbed in, add milk little by little until you have a dough-like consistency. Turn onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the batter until it's about 1cm thick. Using a round cutter, cut out the scones. The kids love doing this as well. Don't worry if the circles are not perfect.
Line a baking tray with baking sheet and put the scones on it. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
These scones are really easy and quick to make, and it beats anything you can get out of a packet at the frozen food section. Whenever I can, I'll substitute the ingredients for organic ones, but it doesn't really matter, does it? The kids only care that they helped make it, and that we're spending time together getting our elbows, fingers and faces smeared with cream and jam!