This week we welcome guest blogger Paula Brown, Dementia Friendly Communities Project Co-Ordinator at an Lanntair. an Lanntair run dementia friendly projects in the Western Isles that are funded by the Life Changes Trust. That means we get a free scone!
We did a spot of summer baking at Solas Day Centre today. Strawberries and clotted cream over fresh, warm scones.
I was quite surprised at how dementia strips confidence – I heard so many worries about feeling incapable. ‘Oh no, I can’t.’ ‘I used to but not now.’ ‘Oh no, you do it.’ ‘My hands can’t do it.’
But gently making a start, asking about how to do it – ‘do we add salt?’ ‘Should we mix the butter and sugar together first or rub the butter into the flour?’ – I found myself taking a step back as everyone joined in with quips ‘There’s a cow out back for the milk!’ and I played along with ‘I couldn’t catch the cow so I had to buy a pint of milk’.
Three ladies joined in with me weighing, measuring, discussing recipes, rolling, cutting, brushing with egg and the scones baked up perfectly so everyone could enjoy eating them. The conversation went into baking and fruit growing and it was a natural collaborative effort to clean up and wash up.
The recipe was (we made 17)
- 1lb (450g) SR flour
- 4oz (125g) butter, a pinch of salt
- 2pz (50g) caster sugar
- we measured 350ml of milk but only used about 320ml of it
- You need a soft dough that isn’t too sticky
- 1 beaten egg to glaze
We rubbed the butter into the flour, stirred in the sugar and salt and mixed in the milk. We dusted the table with a little flour and gently flattened the dough to around an inch deep and then cut out rounds with a cookie cutter. A quick brush with beaten egg and they were in the oven for about 15 minutes.
They were not even cold before they were all gone!