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How to bake scones in South Africa

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Make you breakfast less boring with Scones, as it can be enjoyed with homemade jam and freshly whipped cream in most homes in South Africa.

It is delicious when eaten warm, they are also served cold with a variety of toppings, including clotted cream, marmalade, jams, honey, and butters. These pastries are also made highly savory with ingredients like potato flour and cheese.

There are different variations of scone recipes that you can try based on the flavors you want to achieve.

Scones with self-raising flour 

Ingredients

  • 150 ml of milk
  • 225 g of self-raising flour
  • 55 g of butter Pinch of salt
  • 25 g of caster sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten, to glaze or some little milk

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to about 220 degree Celsius.
  2. Grease a baking sheet lightly.
  3. Mix the flour with the salt and then start rubbing the butter.
  4. Add sugar, stir the mixture and then add some milk to achieve a soft dough.
  5. Apply some flour on the working surface and then knead lightly.
  6. Pat the flour to about a thickness of 2 cm.
  7. Using a 2 cm cutter, stamp out rounded shapes and place them on a ready baking sheet.
  8. Lightly knead together the remaining dough to stamp out more scones until it is all used up.
  9. Use a beaten egg to brush the top surface.
  10. Bake them for about 15 minutes for them to rise well and turn golden.
  11. When cooked, cool them on the wire rack.
  12. Serve them when still warm.

Scones with plain flour 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sifted plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk Butter, to serve
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • Your favorite jam, to serve

Cooking directions

  1. Place a baking tray in the oven, and then preheat to about 200°C.
  2. Mix plain flour, sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt using a large bowl.
  3. Use a fork to whisk milk, oil, egg, and water inside a jug.
  4. Now, add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients inside the bowl.
  5. Mix carefully until all the ingredients are perfectly combined adding some more water if necessary.
  6. Apply some flour on the working surface and then pat out the dough to achieve a thickness of about 2 cm.
  7. Use a 5 cm scone cutter to punch out the scones.
  8. Place them on a hot baking tray allowing sufficient spreading room. Bake them for about 10 minutes until they turn light golden.
  9. Serve when hot with butter and jam.

Scones with cake flour 

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups -cake flour
  • 200 g -white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 100 g baking margarine
  • 200 ml full cream milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of caramel essence
  • 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  • 60 ml tap water

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to about 190ºC.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Rub the butter with flour until the mixture resembles the fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix egg, milk, and essence.
  5. Now, cut into the dry ingredients taking care not to over mix.
  6. On a floured surface, tenderly press together.
  7. Cut using a large cookie cutter.
  8. Place the resulting scones on a greased baking tray.
  9. Place the trays in an oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, mix the glaze ingredients.
  11. Once removed from the oven, brush them with the mixed glaze ingredients.
  12. Serve while warm.

Scones with baking potatoes

Ingredient

  • 2 medium – fork pricked baking potatoes
  • 125 g flour
  • 3-tablespoons of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower or olive oil
  • 50 g chilled butter and 25 g for frying
  • 125 g of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 225 g drained tin whole kernel corn
  • I tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ a small red onion, finely chopped
  • few sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Cooking directions

  1. Microwave the potatoes to become tender and then cool them slightly.
  2. In the meantime, make the salsa mixing all ingredients in the bowl and set them aside.
  3. Mash 250 g of potato flesh inside a bowl with milk.
  4. Rub butter and flour to form fine breadcrumbs and then mix them through the mash.
  5. Stir a pinch of salt, black pepper, and thyme leaves.
  6. Form a soft dough by kneading lightly, you may need to add an extra tablespoon of milk if the dough becomes too dry.
  7. Roll the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of ½ cm.
  8. Use the cutter to make 10 cm rounds.
  9. Heat the butter and oil in a non-stick pan.
  10. Cook the scones for about 2 minutes on every side until they turn golden brown.
  11. Top about 3 pancakes with sliced chicken, corn salsa and tomatoes.

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This is the best time of day to have s*x, according to science

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Maybe you’re more of a nighttime lover. Or perhaps afternoon delights are your thing. Everyone has their preference when it comes to sex, but if you’re looking to get your libido back into gear, there’s one time of day in particular to do it.

According to a recent survey conducted by British supplement company Forza Industries, the best time to have sex is actually relatively early in the morning, at 7:30 a.m

Going straight for it with your partner first thing in the morning—ideally about 45 minutes after you first wake up—means you can bring your peak energy levels to your encounter. “Energy levels are at their highest after a good night’s rest which means both sexes have more stamina,” the study authors explain.

The survey also reveals that most people hit peak stress levels by 10:45 a.m. meaning if you wait that long, you may miss your window for a relaxing romp. That’s why the best time for sex is bright and early—maybe even earlier than some would like—but research shows it’s well worth setting the alarm.

There are many documented benefits of making love in the morning: For one, it can actually help couples feel more deeply connected. “During sex of any kind, you release oxytocin, the cuddle chemical,” Emily Morse, PhD, a human sexuality expert, recently told Women’s Health Magazine. “When you have morning sex specifically, you’ll feel more connected to your partner all day afterward,” she added.

Plus, that oxytocin that you release has long-lasting effects: It helps to lower overall stress levels, meaning you should feel more relaxed as you get on with your day. The Forza study authors add, “The rush of endorphins sparked by sex lowers blood pressure and stress levels and makes us feel more upbeat for the rest of the day.”

Another perk of morning sex is it won’t mess with your sleep schedule. Yes, this may sound like the least inspired reason to have sex early in the day, but as research has continuously shown, a good night’s sleep is directly related to your sex drive. “Because sleep shortage is perceived as a stress factor, your body may increase the production of stress hormones, thereby suppressing the production of sex hormones,” Alex Savy, a certified sleep science coach and founder says. So, if it’s a better libido you’re after, feeling exhausted won’t do you any favors in the long run.

The next time you want to spend some one-on-one time with your partner, you might want to set your alarm clock. It’ll give you a little something extra to look forward to as you drift off to sleep.

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Is it safe for diabetics to eat oranges? Find out here!

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With the advent of winters it’s time for some delightful and healthy seasonal fruits like ‘Oranges’.

There’s no denying that this sweet, tarty and aromatic fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients and it is great for health, but what if you are a diabetic and it is safe to consume oranges then?

Here’s all you need to know about it!

​Why should you add oranges to your diet?

Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber, which makes them good for health as compared to packaged fruit juices. The presence of Vitamin C in oranges helps in boosting immunity, the dietary fibers help in improving digestion and gut health and the antioxidants in oranges help in cell regeneration. However, when it comes to Diabetes, fresh fruits contain high amounts of natural sugar like fructose and sucrose, so are they good for people suffering from insulin sensitivity?

​Can diabetics eat oranges?

With the advent of winters it’s time for some delightful and healthy seasonal fruits like ‘Oranges’. There’s no denying that this sweet, tarty and aromatic fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients and it is great for health, but what if you are a diabetic and it is safe to consume oranges then ? Here’s all you need to know about it!

​How to consume

The best way to consume oranges is either eating them raw or making fresh orange juice without adding any sweetener.

To amp up the health quotient, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to the fresh juice. This will add the goodness of omega 3 fatty acids to your diet.

... Is it safe for diabetics to eat oranges? Find out here! ... .

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How to turn your coffee into a weight-loss drink

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If you are on a keto diet, then chances are you must have heard about this fad coffee trend, which is also known as the Bullet coffee, where medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) like unsalted butter or virgin coconut oil are added to the coffee, which makes the coffee high in calories and provides satiety, which further helps in losing weight faster. It is mostly relished as a replacement for a complete meal.

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