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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

Recipes. — Scones, Etc


Scones, Etc.

A few hints for the success in the making of scones:

1. The dough must be mixed quickly. 2. Handle the dough as little as possible. 3. Do not use a rolling-pin, but flatten out the dough lightly with the “heel” of the hand. 4. The scones will be much lighter if cut into shapes with a knife dipped in flour, instead of using a cutter. 5. Too much flour on top will make them hard. 6. Sift the flour two or three times before using. 7. The oven must be hot, with a good bottom heat, so that the dough rises page 105 as soon as it is put into the oven. 8. Always break scones open, never cut them.

Plain Scones.

2 breakfast cups flour, 4 small teaspoons baking powder, little butter, pinch salt, sufficient milk to mix to nice consistency.

Fried scones, made with this mixture, are very appetising, served with either butter or syrup.

Golden Syrup Scones.

1 lb. flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 tablespoons golden syrup, 1 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, pinch of salt.

Mix with milk, a little butter rubbed into dry ingredients.

Girdle Scones.

3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, rub 2 tablespoons butter into flour, etc., mix with milk and bake on hot girdle.

Superior Quality Soap.

Here is an easy way of saving ten shillings on every 20lbs. of soap that you use. The only ingredients required are 5lbs. fat and a two-shilling packet of “Soapsave”—the wonder soap-maker. Add to one gallon water as directed on packet and you have approximately 20lbs. of the finest household soap. It not only lathers easily, but has a special advantage in that it does not harm delicate colours and fabrics in the washing of clothes. It is also pleasantly perfumed. If unable to obtain Soapsave from your local store, send postal note and grocer's name to A. Murdoch & Co., Manufacturing Chemists, Dunedin.

Tea Cakes.

2 breakfast cups flour, 4 ozs. sugar, 4 ozs. butter, 2 teaspoons baking powder, milk to mix, 1/2 lb. dates or sultanas (chopped). Rub butter into flour and add dry ingredients. Mix with milk, put into greased patty tins and bake in quick oven.

Brown Loaf.

Cover 1 cup of dates with hot water and 1 teaspoon of soda and let stand a few hours. Beat 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and vanilla essence. Bake 1 hour.


2 tablespoons sugar and 1 egg beaten together. Add 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1 large teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 cup of milk, small piece of butter put in last. The butter is melted and allowed to cool before adding to the mixture.

The following is a favourite recipe:

Genoese Pastry.

1/2 pound sugar, 4 eggs, sift in 12 ozs. flour, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon soda, lastly, 1/4 lb. melted butter—cool. Ice with chocolate icing.

Banana and Apricot Jam Sandwiches.

Take a good, soft banana, and mash it to a pulp with a fork. Then add about a-third as much apricot jam. Mix together and spread this on well-buttered slices of bread.