Empty spaces and scones

There are spare seats in our kitchen today

There’s a big empty space in my heart,

I’ve always spent this day with my mum

But I can’t because we’re apart,

So today in our house – I’m the main Mummy

The day is all about me,

It sounds indulgent and bloomin’ fantastic

But it actually feels quite empty,

Well I don’t have an AGA or all your know-how

So I’ll just have to give it a go,

For today is the day that I bake in your honour,

And make scones for people I know.


My take on Granny Lynne’s scones have been adapted from a recipe on the Good Food website. I’ve jazzed them up with some lemon, cranberries and sultanas:

You will need:

  • 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85g butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 80 grams of dried cranberries and sultanas
  • beaten egg, to glaze


Here’s how:

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Add the vanilla and lemon juice to the milk. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a knife. Add some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat or roll into a round about 4cm deep.
  3. I used a small cutter to make 12 scones, refolding the dough once I had made as many as possible in the first flattened dough batch.
  4. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream.


I shared these with my family, some of the neighbours and friends we visited in Spain.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mummys I know x

One thought on “Empty spaces and scones

  1. grahamhey March 15, 2015 / 1:16 pm


    What a lovely sentiment.

    You make us so proud.

    Have a great day.

    You really touched Mummy

    Can I frame this Graham?

    Love to everyone




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