Rachel's parents came round for afternoon tea today and to, among other things, sample my baking that they'd heard so much about.
So yesterday, I took to the kitchen and attempted something I hadn't tried before: a double bake. The plan being to start making a white loaf and, while it was rising and proving, use that downtime to bake some scones.
As you can see from the scones pictured above they got a bit burned in the oven and I can't figure out quite why. However, I had better success with the dough than my first attempt at the start of the month, and - despite their appearance - they tasted nice and crumbly.
I'd learned my lesson from the earlier attempt and used less milk this time, resulting in a more solid dough, and more flour for dusting the work surface and rolling pin, which improved the procedure for preparing the dough for cutting.
I made a baker's dozen of the scones, so I could sample one (just to make sure I wasn't going to poison the in-laws) and Rachel still had 12 to serve up on the 'best' china.
In the meantime, my bread cooked perfectly. I think I've got that recipe down pat now, and might have to move on to something else next.
Rachel also make a Victoria sponge and a cherry cake (her dad's favourite), and I'm pleased to say all the food went down well and praise abounded for both bakers.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would be very proud of us.
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