Back to reality - Buttermilk Scones

Salam Maulidur Rasul to all Muslim.. I had wanted to update earlier but was caught up with disposing our Christmas tree.. hehe u see Lisa was supposed to come by every week to clean our place while we were in Europe (and that included disposing off our tree) but something urgent happened and she had to fly back to Philippines for a month.. the first thing that came across our mind was our cat Sasha and also our fishes.. had wanted to ask mom for help but didnt want to bother her with stuff so finally had to call sis Wati... so ty dear sista for ur help! i appreciate it very much...

So anyway .. yes we are back home safely.. Alhamdullilah.. while in the plane fm Frankfurt to sg lots came into my mind.. i couldnt sleep and i wasnt in the mood to watch any other movie except Tintin.. my mind began to wonder abt all the three places that we had visited on this trip.. each place holds great memories.. Freiburg was all new to me.. i hv visited Frankfurt, Bremen, Cologne and also Duesseldorf bef and to be able to visit another city which i hv not been to before was just awesome..

France holds many memories between us as family... honestly it helped us strengthen our relationship as a family and to see Hairi and Sonia hanging out 24/7 is just so cool.. now besides all the shopping and also the visit to Disneyland.. the best momory that i got to take home with me was the macaron class that i attended in Lenotre Paris... not even any designer bag would give me this kinda satisfaction.. it was an eye opener for me... to bring home knowledge is just awesome.. To spend the weekend with the wonderful Bachmann family again was also precious... they always make it a point to show us something new and are always so accommodating!

Barcelona.. well lots of good and bad memories.. lets just say 80% good.. am not complaining.. am still considering if i shud stick to semi pro or wud i be wasting my money buying a pro camera.. afterall i am still a beginner in food photography .. so we will see..

Okie lemme just share with u this wonderful scones recipe fm Tartine Cookbook.... Who doesnt like the smell of freshly baked scones? i know for sure i am addicted to scones.. while in Europe i kept on having scones fm starbucks while sonia got addicted to their hot chocolate and donut with chocolate glazing.. its euuwww i know but who cares abt gaining any weight when ur on hols.. right? :op Baked these scones at 4:30am in the morning and its worth it! These scones were flaky and crunchy and perfect with homemade jam - just the way i want it to be..

Buttermilk Scones
(adapted from Tartine by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson)

- makes 8 medium sized scones -

340 g flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
50 g sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
125 g butter, cold and cut into small cubes
190 ml buttermilk
1 tsp. of grated lemon zest
50 g dried currants, soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes, and drained

2 tbsp. of melted butter
demerara sugar, for dusting - i used demerara brown sugar for dusting.. yumms!

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and salt and mix together.

Add the butter and carefully cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender (you can also use your hands if they are really cold). The mixture should be coarse with pea sized pieces of butter.

Add the buttermilk, lemon zest and currants all at once and mix gently with a wooden spoon until the dough just holds together. Don't overwork the dough, you should still see pieces of butter to achieve a flaky texture for the scones.

Dust your work surface with flour and place the dough onto it. Shape the dough into a circle approximately 3.5 cm (1-1/2 inches) thick. Cut into 8 triangles pieces (like cake slices).

Transfer them onto the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with the melted butter. Sprinkle with demerara (or brown) sugar.

Bake the scones for about 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

Papa is always so tense whenever Sonia starts to run around.. my wise word to hubs - "chill ok"

Last but not least.. this was how full our cab was to the airport.. the cab driver had to drive in this manner cos his cab was fully loaded with all four of us in the back and a full load of stuff in his boot and front seat and front armrest lol.. we checked in 7 pcs of luggage (5 of them at +23kg and a booster seat and stroller!) and tks to Sonia who began to count her numbers in german while we checked in.. we got away with no excess bagagge! So ok.. i will try to go to bed now... having probs since the first night and i hv to get up early to send Sonia to school... arghhh i feel like going on a hols again!

Hv a good Monday peeps and Guten Appetit!


juliana said...

Ahhh... long awaited recipes and it is sconed my fav.... LOL.. huhu.. i know how it feel when long hols ended.. @~@ but lucky u just have to manage 2 childs not like mine 5 hoho!! so cheer up Sis Rima *o*

lovelylin said...

salam kak rima,
im not a big fan of barcelona too except for the shopping part (sana mmg lagi murah by 10-20% more comparing to Paris) so i can totally understand u. takpe, nx time datang sini lagi we go to eurodisney berjemaah ok? let the two little kepohs go on rides while we hv our coffee. hugs!

bookseller said...


Nice blog, pertama kali singgah. terus terpikat. akan selalu melawat ke sini..insyaallah.. :)

Yat Maria said...


aha!sudah beramas mesra at yr kitchen rupanya :)nanti my turn plak to try those scones ek. happy unpacking

Torviewtoronto said...

scones look wonderful
lovely pictures

Hesti HH. said...

Welcome back home Kak Rima. Senangnyaaa...bagaimanapun indah dan cantiknya tempat tempat lain tetap saja no place like home...betul betul betul? *hihihi Ipin Upin mode on*

Aku ngiler lihat sconenya...terutama sama taburan gulanya yang generous...nggak tahaaann!

CT Delima said...

As'salam Rima

Salam maulidur rasul buat Rima juga. uhhh..penatnya k.ct rasa kalau k.ct ada ditempat Rima sekarang. apapun seronok dan gembira dapat melawat negara orang ya Rima.

semalam baru cakap kat my Hubby, I teringin nak makan scone, lama betul tak makan. so hari ni memang rezekilah you dah tayang scone..yummy!

CS said...

Alhamdulillah selamat kembali kepangkuan Sasha. You ada belikan dia baju gown tak? hehe..

Selamat berkemas dan selamat mengadap penuh syahdu oven mu itew :-)

Nuridah said...

Assalamualaikum Rima,

Glad you are back, nice to see your baking again....Salam Maulidur Rasul dari kak Nuridah.

Rima said...

Hehe scones ni memanglah lah hot fav ramai wanita yg sudah beranak pinak kahkahkah

U got 5? Tabik spring toink toink! I cannot imagine running around in Europe w/o hubs with 5 kids.. Pengsan hehe

Rima said...

Hugs! Next time we will definitely try to meet up.. Am pretty sure both kepos will get along very well n I am pretty sure both mommies will get their well deserve coffee break hehehe

Barca is shopping heaven for all of us.. Hairi shop like there was no tmrw .. Lagi lagi bila mama dia yg paid for it lol

Rima said...

Book seller
Welcome welcome.. Hope ur here to stay! Hv a gd wk alright!

Rima said...

Part unpacking ku dah settled dari first night.. Lucky kat sana I dah settled all my laundry.. Part gosok ku serah kan kepada Si Lisa hehe

Bake it babe.. Sedap dimakan panas panas.. Oh in btw I bought another brand of Mac sheets.. Size macam silpat mat.. Will bake on it first bef deciding if I wanna ship it in for my store.. Will let u know ok

Rima said...

Hehe tks! Was taken using my iPhone 4S

Rima said...

Waduhhh mana bisa sama dgn bantal busuk ku hahaha

Kalau dibake sendiri memanglah harus generous gulanya :)

Rima said...

W'salam K.CT
Rima dah hari hari makan scones kat sana pun mash teringin nak bake it.. Next time Rima nak letak chocolate chip cos waktu kat sana i kept on having that..

Rima said...

Muahahaha ku beli kan dia gown ropol ropol ala Spanish dancer gitew :op

Ty.. First I need to translate some recipes in English fm French baru can try the cake yg menjadi kegilaan suami ku ::p

Rima said...

Ty Ty.. Am glad too cos mana nak sama dgn rumah sendiri .. Dapur sendiri... Oven sendiri hehe

Mel said...

I just happened to loves scones! Welcome home Rima.

Ribbon and Circus said...

Cepatnya masuk dapur! :P

"Chill ok.." I pun nak kena di remind gitu slalu.. huhu..

juliana said...

Haha..yup sis 5 and the eldest just turn 12 last Jan.. but we manage to bring them go holiday at Manila last Nov wit my 3 mth baby girl..more for them lah go themed park,zoo,muzeum hub came from small family just 2 of them, so my MIL ask me give her more cucu.. nah amik ko 5 owg muahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rima,

Welcome back and glad to hear that you had a good trip with your family (minus the missing camera).

Mr Rima looks like he very stressed up in the photo. Hope he is recovering well after his eye surgery sometime ago.

Just wondering, how long can the scones last and how should we store them. Are they good to be eaten plain? I have never tasted scones before and hope to make them this coming weekend.


THE DUO said...

Hi Kak Rima,

Selamat Kembali....Best baca pengalaman bercuti Kak Rima. Yang gembira di ingati selamanya dan pengalaman yg sedih biar jauh-jauh dari ingatan.


Anonymous said...

Salam Rima,welcome home....wahhh.. dah selesai unpack ya...kat gambar tu your new wooden board eh?so how?masih jetlag?Sonia dah go back to school?so,how many macaron sheets did you manage to bring home?believe it or not,knur brought back 22 longchamps handbags and 2 guccis baru2 ni...semua kengkawan punya...adoiii....seronok...
the scones look delish...nanti knur try when Lily boleh nak membaking pun mcm lemau sikit bcos takde siapa nak sibuk2 with me in the kitchen...have a good rest dear..

Rima said...

Me toooo!! i can eat lots with a glass of milk of cos hehe

Rima said...

hehe i hv to or else dia buat kita kalam kabut sikit.. kadang tu mendatang kan kemarahanpun ade. sabo aje lah

Rima said...

Tak per.. orang tua kata.. bersusah sekarang.. senang senang kemudian.. ramai yg boleh jaga bila kita tua nanti..

Rima said...

yg sedih kalau boleh harus dilupa kan.. nangis darah pun benda nye tetap dah bermaustatin kat barcelona ahaks

Rima said...

ahem.. yep.. i bought lots of props while in barcelona but belum sempat ku pakai semua.. no proper camera macam rasa tak bermaya gitu.. anyway i managed to bring back 30pcs.. 20pcs just arrived today and am waiting for 30 more pieces by the end of feb.. i didnt buy much.. got longchamp and venessa bruno while in Dauville.. u shud get ur branded stuff there lain kali cos price dia lagi murah.. ade printemps kat sana.. err i think lah cos longchamp yg kat factory outlet tu harga dia nak naik sikit.. KNur balik berengkek lah.. tak kena excess luggage?? the baking stuff semua u hangkut balik eh?

Sonia starts school today.. so far so good.. shes not complaining and told us that she enjoyed it.. balik terus dia took a nap sampai pukul 6:30pm... slowly but surely she will get back to her normal routine..

Lily balik every weekend kan.. tak per.. can bake waktu dia balik but kadang if its only for 2 person pun macam lemau lah.. when are u going to join ur hubs in paris?

Sandra Papke said...

what do you mean you are just a beginner in food photography??? You are amazing!!! Such a shame about your camera though. Have missed reading your Blog and it is so lovely to read it again!

Anonymous said...

Rima,eh pakcik yg kat kedai kita pergi tu salah caj us lah...the small square tart tu dia caj me over 14euro.rupa2nya the price is for two tier cake tray,mana ada knur beli...adoii...we didnt go back sbb train ticket je dah brp.maybe kalu knur pergi nx time knur show them the receipt lah.geram pun ada to myself sbb tak double check.
if you tak kena excess luggage bcos Sonia count in germany,knur tak kena sbb lily asyik nangis je nak tinggal her dad.siap girl yg kat counter tu asked me to put my excess handcarry tu kat dlm luggage..haha..mau tak excess,knur punya villeroy and boch pun knur angkut skali,handcarry la...
knur akan pergi lagi cuti skolah midterm nanti,insyaAllah...kalu nak apa2 just let me know ya dear...jeles lah Rima dah dpt VBruno tu,you bought the bling2 one?nx trip knur nak checkout dauville :-)
Lily balik once a month je...huhu..but I can go and visit her every weekend.boleh outing just cannot overnight...rinduuu....
TQ Rima...

Rima said...

I usually will place it in ziplock n place it in fridge.. Don't know how long it will last cos it didn't take us long to finish em.. Bake it ok n hv it with whipped cream or just with butter n jam..

Rima said...

Woahhhh so nice to see u here!! Miss u! Am not pro yet lahhh.. A lot more to learn.. :op

Rima said...

Lahhhhh patutlah macam something wrong! I bought two lagi!! Grrrr for goodness sake it's in euro lagi huhu.. I checked bef I paid but bec kedai tu tak pakai price tag kita pun main bayar ajer.. Tengah furious ni!! Sabo sabo

Lahhh u angkut itu villeroy?? I wrapped all my benda kaca dgn all my winter clothing n placed it in my luggage.. Lucky every single one terselamat..

Vanessa Bruno .. Woot woot harus yg bling bling mahhh haha

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Hi.. I am a SAHM to 2 kiddoes..19yr old boy n 2 year old girl.. met my Austrian hubby here in Singapore and hv been living here all my life... my love for baking started when i was 6mths preggie to my daughter, Sonia... my addiction to baking has not stop eversince.. I hope to learn as much as i can abt baking and decorating and then share it with u along the way..