>My mother makes the best scones on earth. When I was in university I lived at home, and I used to leave early on Thursdays to get home in time for the scones to be taken out of the oven. They are best eaten slightly warm with as much butter as your heart can handle. Not butter substitute, REAL butter.
2 oz butter
1lb self-raising flour
4 oz caster sugar
4 oz sultanas
½ pint fresh milk
Beaten egg to glaze
Rub four, sugar and butter together
Rub in sultanas
Bind with milk
Knead and roll to 3/4 inch thick
Cut into scones with a glass and glaze with the beaten egg
Bake 20-25 minutes at 200˚C
Cool on a wire rack
>Mummum’s tea brack is one of my mother’s specialities. She is a plain cook but a wonderful baker. This traditional Irish cake is not too sweet and – unsurprisingly – uses tea to moisten it. It would often be served sliced like bread and buttered.
1 lb of sultanas or raisins
1 cup of cold tea
3/4 lb flour
1. Steep fruit in tea for at least one hour (preferably overnight).
2. Add egg and swirl around.
3. Sieve in flour and mix well.
4. Pour into 9 inch square tin.
5. Put in oven in middle shelf at Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes.
6. Cover with tin foil and cook for a further 45 minutes and Gas Mark 3.
7. Test with a knife to make sure centre is cooked.