Thursday, January 31, 2008

Edmonds & Dee's scones
Dee made these scones from a recipe from the biggest selling book ever in New Zealand, no not the Da Vinci Code or the Guide to Counting Sheep, but Edmonds cookbook. They were delicious! She made plain ones and ones with bacon and onion...yum! Everyone in New Zealand (and those Kiwis in London) have this cookbook.

Edmonds started in the early part of the 1900s by a retailer who decided to make a better quality baking powder as his customers complained about the various types he sold in his shop. From his better quality powder, the business blossomed from there into more cookery products and became a large Kiwi empire, which still continues today.
Way back then, when couples got engaged they received a free copy of the cookbook as a gift (this has stopped now).
The history of the company is very interesting, the intro to the cookbook is an interesting read. The book has the basic recipes to the main foods a 'housewife' back then should know how to cook for her working husband. Recipes are still relevant today and made by both male and females!

Scones

  • 1 breakfastcup flour (piled up)
  • 1½ teaspoons Edmonds' Baking Powder
  • 1 oz. butter (or lard)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg

Rub butter (or lard) into flour, then add other dry ingredients, beat egg with little water, mix all into dough. Bake as usual, quick oven. If made without the egg, use milk in place of water.

1 comment:

Dionne said...

mmmm yummy scones..... maybe I should make them again this weekend....

Good wotk on the research, I love the pictures of the early edition of the cookbook.

Dee