I remember being about 5 years old, standing on a chair in my Grandma’s kitchen, watching as she whisked up recipes, me helping clumsily and delighting in the mess, the smells of baking and, of course, the tastings. It was Scottish home-baking at its best.
One of the simplest, yet most delightful, things you can make are Drop Scones - drops of sheer happiness. They are wonderful warm straight from the pan, drizzled with golden syrup, or equally good cold, spread with butter and jam.
Here’s how to make them (makes about 10):
4 1/2 oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 oz caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
milk to mix to a batter(about 4 tbsps)
few drops lemon juice
butter for the pan
Mix the flour and sugar and make a well in the centre.
Crack in the egg and begin whisking, incorporating some of the flour and sugar, a bit at a time. Add milk slowly to form a thick, smooth batter. Then add a few drops of lemon juice.
Melt a little bit of butter in a heavy-based frying pan and carefully spoon some of the mixture into the centre of the pan, making a round scone (when you have tried a couple, you will be able to do more than 1 in a pan). Cook for about 2 mins on each side, then transfer to a warm dish.
Serve with whatever toppings you wish and eat hot or cold. Simple as that!