Excuse me while I indulge in a little nostalgia…I can remember baking with my mother, or to be honest, watching her bake. She rarely used a recipe; she tended to add her ingredients by eye and to taste. But she did have a few recipe books in the kitchen.
There was a cookbook in our kitchen that was well-thumbed, contained pages with the odd spot of butter, or caked-in flour or caster sugar, and this was the Be-Ro Home Recipes Cookbook. This cookbook is a thin, rectangular book that almost seemed like a pamphlet fro the war years,filled with recipes for scones, cakes, pastries and puddings.
From this book, I learned how to bake scones with my mother, something I remember fondly, and baking scones, is something I love to do with my daughters, now. The recipes are basic, simple store cupboard items that you already have to hand. Some recipes and cookbooks have become so stylised and fancy-schmanzy; it’s so refreshing to go back to basics with some simple old fashioned home-baking.