I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions for two reasons. The first is that most NYRs fail miserably, and secondly, most tend to be couched in negative terms such as I’m giving up ... (fill in appropriate vice) or they are cruel and unnecessary, such as I’m actually going to use my paid up gym membership this year… more than twice.
|Worth the calories!|
Instead, I am going to reiterate my deepest food philosophy which simply states: it must be worth the calories (WTC).Commercially-produced white-sliced pan is not WTC (unless it is sandwiching fat salty chips from Leo Burdock’s traditional fish and chip shop - visit if you are in
|Cheddar, Chorizo and Rosemary, about to form an alliance|
I don’t always have time to rustle up a yeast loaf but I do have time to knock together these savoury scones to go with soup for a very pleasant lunch. With pockets of melted cheese and tiny explosions of spicy chorizo, these are totally worth the calories.
Savoury scones are traditionally cut into squares. If you have a square cutter use that, otherwise, follow the method below and cut the scones into shape with a sharp knife. I add the cayenne for a spicy kick – leave it out if you prefer.
|Cut into squares using a sharp knife|
75g butter cut into pieces
50g Cheddar cheese, diced
50g chorizo, finely diced
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
200mls fresh milk
1 egg, beaten
1 small egg, beaten and mixed with a pinch of salt
a little paprika for sprinkling
a little extra flour for sprinkling on the work surface and baking sheet
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
1 Lightly sprinkle a baking sheet with a little flour.
2 Measure the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and add the salt and cayenne pepper. Mix the butter through the flour. Now, lift large pinches of the butter/flour mixture and rub quickly between your thumbs and fingertips fingers, letting the mixture fall back into the bowl. You want to end up with a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs. (This can be done in a flash using a food processor or food mixer if you prefer.)
3 Add the diced cheddar and chorizo along with the chopped rosemary. In a separate bowl or jug, mix the milk and beaten egg together and pour into the flour mixture a little at a time, mixing until the dough comes together in a ball, adding a little extra milk if necessary.Pin It