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Rainy day afternoon tea

Lesley Russell’s ‘big’ scones (from Sophie Hansen’s book, Local is Lovely)

We've had more rain in the last three days than we've had in a very long time. Nundle Creek has water flowing in it for the first time in about 18 months and the Peel River is swollen and dirty with the influx of runoff from the hills.

A rainy afternoon calls for something warm and buttery for afternoon tea. I'd been wanting to try a recipe for Lesley Russell's 'big' scones out of Sophie Hansen's Local is Lovely book and this was the perfect day for it. I love the rustic round that you shape to make the scones, and the crunchy texture of the dusting of castor sugar. I added about a cup of chopped dates (because I had them handy in the cupboard) and used wholewheat baker's flour. The big scones were delicious, warm out of the oven, sliced in half and topped with melted butter and fig jam. I'm sure you'll come up with your own wonderful combinations. If I'd had some double cream in the fridge, a dollop on the jam would have been heavenly. That's an idea for next time.

When I posted this photo on our Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores Facebook page there were two requests for the recipe, including, "You can't post photos like this and no recipe, that's how wars start." Well I'll take that as a compliment. This recipe is kindly reproduced with permission from Sophie Hansen. Thanks Sophie. It was fun cooking with you through your book.

Megan Trousdale
Megan Trousdale


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