A great-grandmother has made headlines across the country after she shared her secret trick to making the perfect batch of fluffy scones every time — and it’s got nothing to do with the ingredients!
Dorothy Collishaw, 99, who’s a member of the Country Women’s Association of Australia, told 7News on Saturday that her father shared the secret trick with her after she cooked a “disastrous batch”, and, apparently, it’s all about what instrument you use to mix the ingredients.
“When they came out of the oven they were like bullets,” she recalled. “They were that hard. So he said ‘You should’ve stirred them with a knife’, so I said ‘Well you didn’t tell me that’.”
And it turns out Dorthy’s father was right — when mixed with a knife, it adds lightness to the dough and results in fluffier and lighter scones as opposed to when using a spoon to mix the ingredients through.
This isn’t the first scone hack to make waves in recent months though as, earlier this year, Muriel Halsted, 92, made national headlines after she shared a simple recipe for scones.
Muriel’s perfect scone recipe featured in an ABC baking video, which has had millions of views since it was first published in early April. In the video, Muriel, who’s also a member of the Australian Country Women’s Association, explained the family favourite was made with just three ingredients — flour, cold cream and lemonade.
To get started, Muriel says you need to measure out five cups of self-raising flour, then sift three times before adding a pinch of salt. Fold in 300ml of cold cream, then add 300ml of lemonade.
She says to keep folding the mixture together until the flour is all mixed in. Once you’ve done this, put onto a floured board, cut into your size choice and brush with a little bit of milk. Then pop them in the oven for 10 minutes — it’s that easy! Muriel says don’t forget to set your oven to 220 degrees before your start.
Many people at the time praised the woman for her tasty scone hack, with one commenting: “Making another batch this weekend!” Another commented: “This is exactly how grandma used to make them too.” While a third said: “What a legend! Time to get my bake on!!”