The first in a monthly series by members of the CWA Seymour Central branch.April 9, 2014 3:19am
Welcome to Country Cooks, a new occasional column by members of the Seymour Central branch of the Country Women’s Association. Their aim is to provide you with some traditional recipes and variations on the same. This week we look at a CWA favourite, scones, and fig and pear paste, using a fruit that is in season.
Recipe baked by CWA Seymour Central branch president Natasha Thomas and based on the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Cookery Book. The original is used at the Royal Melbourne Show.
To make these delicious scones simply add the cream and milk to the dry ingredients, mixing to a soft dough. Then place the dough onto a lightly floured board, patting it out to a thickness of about 2.5cm.
Next, cut the individual scones with a floured scone cutter before placing in the oven and baking at 200°C for 12 to 15 minutes.
Serve the scones with butter or jam and cream.
One tablespoon of cornflour added to each cup of self raising flour makes the scones lighter.
Some variations to try
To make cheese scones add one-quarter tsp mustard and 65g grated cheese.
To make fruit scones add half a cup of dried fruit such as dates, currants or sultanas.
For wholemeal scones simply replace one cup of self raising white flour with wholemeal self raising flour.
Natasha’s variation on the recipe includes omitting the cornflour and triple sifting the flour, sugar and salt. And when the mixture is ready in the bowl she empties it out onto a floured surface and very lightly kneads the mixture until it all comes together as a dough before patting it out.
FIG AND PEAR PASTE
Recipe based on one from taste.com.au and baked by CWA Seymour Central branch member Ofa Starmans.
Combine the figs with the pear and water using a large saucepan over a high heat, bringing to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or until the ingredients are tender. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes, allowing to cool slightly.
The mixture can now be placed in a food processor to be mixed until smooth. The mixture then needs to be weighed - it needs to be the same weight of sugar as the puree for this recipe.
Now combine the puree and sugar in a heavy-based saucepan using a medium to low heat. Cook while stirring for 10 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to a low setting and then stir occasionally for three hours or until the mixture is very thick in texture.
Remove from the heat before setting aside for 30 minutes to cool a bit. ow grease the base and sides of six half-cup (125ml) ramekins and spoon the puree evenly in each one, smoothing the surface. These can be loosely covered with baking paper. Set aside for two days or until the surface is dry to the touch and mixture thick. The paste needs to then be turned out of the ramekins and covered with plastic wrap, storing in the fridge. The paste can be spooned onto a cheese platter and is ideal served with cheese and biscuits.
CWA Seymour Central branch news
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The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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