How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy recipe

We don’t have self-rising flour in Germany. It’s a shame because so many great recipes like my recipe for scones call for it so, I just make my own.  All you need are three simple ingredients and a minute or two!

Homemade Self-rising Flour

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Servings: 1 cup

Instructions

Measure all ingredients and whisk to combine. You can double or triple the recipe if you more self-rising flour.

Note: The shelf life of baking powder depends on the ‘best by date’ and how it is stored (a cool, dry place such as a cupboard). With this in mind, you may not want to make large batches of self-rising flour if you don’t plan on using it soon.




English Scone History

Does the idea of the Brexit have you stone cold? No need to worry and be scone cold. Gather you wits about you and have a scone and a cup of tea.

Britain voted out of the EU which means who knows what. Many people are in shock about the decision as I, but we simply have to wait and see what happens. Brexit. Regregexit. What’s nexit? Many will go about as usual. Many people will simply have a scone and cup of tea which sounds like a brilliant idea!

English scones, jam, and clotted cream
English scones, jam, and clotted cream

What exactly are scones?

Scones are a Scottish quick bread which apparently got its name from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone), the place where Scottish kings were once crowned. Scones were originally made with oats and baked on a griddle (girdle, in Scots), but today’s version is made with flour and oven-baked.

The word “scone” according to the Oxford dictionary comes from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) which means beautiful bread. If you’ve ever had a bad scone it is not even close to beautiful, just hard, stone hard if not baked correctly or eaten while fresh.

A tab bit of scone history

Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788–1861) is credited with making scones a fashionable ritual. One late afternoon she ordered the servants to bring some tea and sweet bread including scones. It tickled her fancy so much that she ordered it every afternoon and the daily event became an English tradition known as “Afternoon Tea Time” (precisely at 4:00 p.m.).

Constructing a Scone

Cream before jam or jam before cream? There’s much debate about which goes first, a dispute which apparently divides Cornwall and Devon. The code of behavior according to some etiquette experts is to spread jam on your scone before adding a dollop of cream on top, so when in Cornwall does as the Cornish.

In Cornwall it’s jam first, then cream and in Devon they prefer cream first, then jam.  If you are using a thick cream which won’t easily slip off the jam surface, the Cornish method may work best for you. I’m going to try both methods and if I’ve upset any cream tea experts I wholeheartedly apologize to you in advance.

Update: I prefer the Cornish method of spreading jam and then cream!

Gotta for now, it’s almost tea time. Cheerio my friends and check out my scone recipe coming soon.




Basic Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

An easy basic homemade poultry seasoning recipe for stuffing or any dish that needs a woodsy aromatic Thanksgiving flavor.

Oops!… I Did It Again. It’s almost Thanksgiving and I nearly forgot about one of my favorite holidays. I blame it on my expat life in Germany. After 15 years of life in Germany I’m so accustomed to the German holidays that Thanksgiving crept up on me. No time for excuses this year, I’m celebrating with about 70 American colleagues and volunteered to make dressing (stuffing for you city folk). Darn!… I Did It Again. I forgot to share my basic homemade poultry seasoning recipe with you.

Basic Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe
Ingredients needed to make a basic homemade poultry seasoning.

I gave up on buying store-bought poultry seasoning because it contains too much of what I don’t need and too little of what I do need. Too much salt ruins the dressing and too little of the other ingredients makes my stuffing lack that Thanksgiving flavor I love.

The difference between stuffing and dressing has nothing to do with where you place it (in or outside of the bird), but more to do with where you’re from.

The term ‘dressing‘ is used more by Southern folks. Think cornbread dressing. Yum, my mouth is watering already. The term ‘stuffing’ is more likely to be used by folks outside of the Southern states. Whatever you call it make sure it’s packed with good-old homemade poultry seasoning.

If you’re a vegetarian like me, don’t let the word ‘poultry’ scare you. The basic homemade poultry seasoning is vegan and not only tastes great on bread and potato-based dishes too, but your bird too.

Here’s a simple homemade poultry seasoning recipe you can make in a snap. With a few seasonings you probably already have in your cupboard, you can make a basic poultry seasoning in a jiffy. Don’t forget to double the recipe so you have some leftover for Christmas.

Basic Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe
Crush homemade poultry seasonings in a mortar and pestle.

Homemade Basic Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

This is a basic recipe, so as you experiment with it change the quantities to your taste.

  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed celery salt (or celery seed for a low-sodium version)
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon (optional)

Place the herbs in a mortar and pestle and crush them. A food processor or spice grinder works well too (I don’t have one yet, but maybe Santa will surprise me this year.).

Note: No birds were harmed in the making of my basic homemade poultry seasoning. 🙂