Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cumin and Kumara Scones

Kumara? What the fecking hell is "kumara"?!?! Ooohhhh, I see: sweet potato. Huh. Ok then.

I made these some months ago - I got this recipe off the internet SOMEWHERE, but it was a while ago, and I now can't remember which site I copied it from. When I do remember I'll be sure to give them the kudos. I was a little hesitant about trying this one, as I'm not a fan of cumin at all (hell, I don't even know how to pronounce it, there seems to be several options. I seem to be falling towards "cue-min"). But, while you can definitely SMELL the cumin, the flavour doesn't overpower these little dough-balls at all. Absolutely freakin' dee-lish-us straight from the oven with just a smear of butter (shame I accidentally deleted that picture), and equally nice after a zap in the microwave. Nice and soft, too. Try 'em, I dare ya.

Cumin and Kumara Scones

450g self-raising flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2tsp icing sugar
2tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup cooked kumara, mashed (works out to about 150g-worth)
50g melted butter
150ml chilled milk
180ml chilled water
extra milk, to glaze

Preheat the oven to 200C. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the kumara, butter, water and milk and mix with a spatula or round-ended knife blade until it forms a sticky dough. With floured hands (VERY important, cos it's VERY sticky), press dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes*. Place onto lightly floured oven tray and brush tops with extra milk. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden and cooked**. Serve warm with butter.

* I turned it onto the floured surface, and then gave it a VERY light knead to work in a bit more flour, as I found the dough was still far too sticky.

** It might have been the size of the ones I made, or my oven might be slow, but I ended up leaving them in there for about 20-25 minutes, before they turned a nice colour and cooked through.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Mmmm, I like the idea of these! I think I actually prefer a savoury scone slathered in butter to a sweet one.