Mrs. Englishman’s Cranberry & Walnut Scones

by FatEnglishman on 7 October 2013


Fat Englishman here.Mrs Englishman's Cranberry & Walnut Scones recipe

Now a number of you have asked for the recipe for Mrs. Englishman’s Cranberry & Walnut Scones that recently featured on my Facebook page – so here it is.

It’s a familiar and straightforward business and anyone with the most rudimentary baking skills should be able to find success (though naturally one should never tell one’s guests that as they compliment you on how splendid they are).

Anyway, ingredients first (these are American measures, convert if you’re elsewhere) – you will need:

two cups of all-purpose flour

one tablespoon of baking powder

half a teaspoon of salt

quarter cup of sugar

three quarters cup dried cranberries

half cup chopped walnuts

one and a quarter cups of heavy cream

And for the glaze – three tablespoons of melted butter, two tablespoons of sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Use an ungreased baking sheet.

Using a fork, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together well before adding the cranberries and walnuts and stirring again.  Now stir in the cream and mix until the dough barely holds together.  The secret to light and crumbly scones is apparently dough that has not been over mixed at this point.

Lightly flour a board and transfer the dough to it before knead the dough 8-9 times.  Then pat it into a circle about 10″ round

To glaze, brush the melted butter on top of the dough and sprinkle the sugar on top.  Cut the circle into wedges (anywhere from 8 to 12 of them depending on how big you want them – I recommend 8 for maximum pleasure per scone), and place them on the baking sheet with about 1″ between each pice to allow for expansion as they bake.

Then bake for about fifteen minutes if you’re doing twelve, 25-30 minutes if you’re doing 8 – or until they are golden brown and irresistible.

Whether baking 8 or 12, you have plenty of time to prepare a pot of tea to be at the point of perfection at the precise moment these crumbly little icons of comfort eating come out of the oven.

Happy eating!



When Expats Gather….

by FatEnglishman on 10 July 2013


Fat Englishman here…

Whenever two or more expat Brits are gathered together, they shall… what?

Well, according to BBC Anglophenia’s list of what we all indulge in when gathered together, there’s no end of characteristic conversational niceties we display – and they’re all very recognisable.  Though I have to say, I feel that our American brethren are just as weather-obsessed as we are.  Perhaps more so, as the weather in America can be decidedly more extreme .  No tornadoes and ice storms back in blighty thank you very much.

To my mind, one omission from the list is the discussion of British versus American news – particularly television news which the average Brit regards as something of an oxymoron in the US.

Anyway, what say you?  Is the list complete?  What have they missed out?

Happy Eating!



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