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Home Sweet Home Bakealong 30: Basic Shortcakes

June 6, 2015

Knowing that my scones could normally furnish David with adequate weaponry to slay Goliath, I was pleasantly surprised with how these turned out. Still not as risen as they should be, but not bad.

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When Beckie and I were baking all the technical bakes from The Great British Bake Off we discovered that neither us are a big fan of the scone (see here and here). Shortcakes are essentially scones without sugar in, which sounds like a bad idea to me so I divided the ingredients by a 1/3rd and made a mini batch. It seems odd to complain about the lack of sugar in a Hummingbird recipe but unless you slather these in so much fruit or jam and cream that there’s not much point them being there, I’m not sure what you’re meant to do with them.

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Basic Shortcakes
from Home Sweet Home by the Hummingbird Bakery

Makes 8

240g Plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder – yet again I misread this, I just can’t imagine putting a tbsp of baking powder in things. Luckily because I’d divided the recipe it didn’t make as much of a difference.
1/2tsp cake salt (thanks to Louisa for spotting that)
120g cold unsalted butter, cubed
160ml milk
3 tbsp caster sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Make in the same way as you’d make scones.

Join Beckie and me in our Epic 100 part bakealong. Next week: Cherry Pie#HomeSweetHomeBakeAlongI’m also adding this to CookBlogShare hosted Super Golden Bakes#CookBlogShare

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2015 9:08 pm

    As a vehicle for cream and jam they look pretty good! 😉

  2. Louisa permalink
    June 6, 2015 9:21 pm

    1/2 tsp cake?

    • June 6, 2015 10:10 pm

      Whilst I’m embarrassed by my mistake, I can’t tell you how much you’ve made my day by reading the blog closely enough to notice. Thankyou!

      • Louisa permalink
        June 6, 2015 10:21 pm

        Part of my job involves proofreading I’m afraid 😛 I do however share your confusion as to what these are for… give me a nice scone anyday… hmmm job for tomorrow I think 😀

  3. lucyparissi permalink
    June 17, 2015 9:29 am

    Sounds a bit odd not to have any sugar but they look rather lovely. Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

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