For Fathers Day on Sunday, dear Carl and I met my lovely parents and sister at the zoo. We all took along picnic things, spread out a tablecloth Mum had embroidered with flowers all shades of purple, and shared our picnic lunch. It felt so special, as we had bought the food along in wicker baskets, and I also bought some vintage china plates for us to eat off of.
My new favourite thing to take along to picnics is apple scone ring. It is quite scrumptious, quick and easy to make, and transports well. So if you fancy making it for your next picnic (or just to have with a cup of hot tea, or in the garden for elevenses) here is the recipe:
Apple Scone Ring
Preheat oven to Gas 6/170 oC
Sift 8oz self raising flour into a bowl along with 1tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
Rub in 2oz of butter.
Stir in 2oz of caster sugar (vanilla sugar is scrummy if you have it)
Stir in a medium apple grated. (A cooking apple is best, but if you dont have one, an eating apple is fine)
Add enough milk to make a soft but not sticky dough. Sometimes you need a splash, other times I have used nearly a quarter of a pint! It all depends...
Lightly knead it to bring it together- keep your touch light.
Press it out on a greased baking tray to a large round, between one and two fingers high.
Score it into 8, brush with a little milk, and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for around 20 minutes.
When it comes out it should be done but you should find it is quite moist, even when cool.