And then I came across Vaishali's post on Strawberry Compote.
And that saved me ... nay ... my strawberries from the trash bin. :-) Thanks Vaishali for such an easy yet awesome recipe.
I followed her recipe without any change ... the cinnamon gave such a subtle yet beautiful flavour.
The tartness was still there ... I was afraid of adding too much sugar for fear of the whole thing turning into candy. So had a feeling that they would go great with sweet milk buns. But I would have to wait till I bought them fresh.
How about trying to bake some?
Should I ... shouldn't I? Went through a lot of sites for easy bun making. There was always something that did not quite suit me. I wanted a mildly sweet one.
So set off on my own ... of course I had the basic idea by then. Not too many ingredients too.
And came up with these .... not buns .... but crispy cookie turned scones. :-)
And eggless too!!
Another successful baking!!! Almost ....
One look at them and my true blue Rajasthani hubby exclaimed "Wow! Kachoris!!". ;-)
They were very crispy on the outside ... and slightly chewy yet soft inside.
I know they are a cross between a cookie and a cupcake .... so any suggestions for what do I call them?
I did make some mistakes ... but all in the hurry and excitement of baking on my own .... other than my tried and tested cakes.
One of them is forgetting to add shortening in time ... I used vegetable oil .... and added it last ... thankfully I remembered.
I did try my hand with yeast this time ... but I think they did not rise too much because of the weight of the tutti frutti.
I would love it if any of you expert bakers can put in your thoughts and advice on this ... Please.
I'll just give the list of ingredients I used ... will give the measurements when I make them again ... this time it was completely throwing stones in the dark.
Need : Refined flour, baking powder, a little dry yeast (soaked in warm milk), sugar, milk, tutti frutti,cooking oil.
How to : Mix everything together and keep covered for an hour.
Dust with a little dry flour and make small balls amout of it. Spray a baking tray with a little oil / brush it with butter and place them on it. Bake till the cookies are done ( keep checking in between).
And they went great with the strawberry compote. :-)
I was clicking them with a disaster post forming in my mind ... till I broke one and tasted. The post immediately changed in my mind ... the new one had a lot of exclaimations & smilies. :-)
Updated : On Sunshinemom's suggestion I did look up Google and found out these indeed can be called Scones.
Scones do not contain yeast .... but I have already mentioned that I added yeast because I had set out to make milk buns.
So can go by Bharti's comment ... these are indeed original stuff. :-)