I've never been so in love with a piece of bakeware as when I bought my miniature muffin tray back at Christmas for my mince pies. I insisted I would be cooking everything in miniatures - other baking trays would never meet my oven again - but then once the excitement of the holidays passed, it lay forgotten at the back of a cupboard and my attention strayed elsewhere. Until this week, when I finally started unpacking my enormous box of baking supplies and we were gleefully reunited.
In a bid to get my co-workers to calm down asking for samples of my baked goods (every day for three weeks, really guys? are you really that hungry?) I created this recipe for miniature scones because mini = more to share! The reactions were pretty good (I won't repeat them here though. Expletives were used) and I think they'd make really cute snacks to take to a picnic or summer barbecue so they're definitely something I'll be making again. You probably aren't supposed to make scones in a muffin tray (and yes, I realise I've used them for everything but muffins so far) but when I saw how adorable they looked I decided to let myself off the hook for that one.
(makes about 20 mini scones or approx 8 full sized ones)
230g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons sundried tomato pesto (shop bought is fine but if you're feeling really ambitious you can make you own)
50g diced chorizo
75ml of milk
100g of cheese (or a little bit extra if you want some to top the scones but I completely forgot this step when I made mine)
Start by gently frying off the chorizo and then set aside to cool (they don't need to cool completely, just for a few minutes).
In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, paprika and basil then rub into the butter until it looks a little more like breadcrumbs. Stir in your cheese and chorizo to your breadcrumbs mixture then in a separate bowl whisk together your egg and milk.
Add the wet ingredients (egg/milk mixture and the pesto) to the rest of your mixture - I've found the easiest way to be to start mixing in with a fork or a wooden spoon and then finish combining with your hands.
Don't forget to get in touch or leave a comment if you make these and let me know what you thought.