Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Baby: Spinach and Cheese Drop Scones
I've been on the hunt for some lunchtime inspiration for Baby I. There's only so many times you can serve up something-on-toast without feeling like you're in some sort of weaning groundhog day.*
After reading about drop scones on this website, I had a go making some with spinach and cheese stirred through them. They took about 5 minutes to make, and about the same amount of time to disappear - they were very popular! They were best hot from the pan (what?! I had to test them to make sure they were okay...), but were pretty good even after being frozen, defrosted, and then warmed in one of those toaster bags. It's been really good having a stash of these in the freezer for the days when I need a speedy lunch for her.
Spinach and Cheese Drop Scones
300 ml milk
Self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 or 4 cubes frozen spinach (This stuff is brilliant and so useful to have a stash of in the freezer!) I'm sure wilting down fresh spinach and squeezing out excess liquid would work just as well too.
As much grated cheese as you would like (I used extra strong cheddar which was surprisingly popular!)
A little butter/oil for frying
Whisk the egg and stir in the milk. Mix in the flour until it makes a thick batter. Defrost the spinach (I find a quick zap in the microwave does the trick), squeeze out excess liquid and stir through the batter with the grated cheese. Heat the butter/oil in the pan and spoon in dollops of the batter. Once bubbles start appearing on the surface, they're ready to flip over. Once they're cooked through and browned on each side, they're done. Enjoy!
Original recipe inspiration from here.
Baby I seems to be a bit of a banana fiend (think excited noises, waving arms, open mouth and grabby hands as soon as a banana appears anywhere near her!) so I think I might try making some banana drop scones, perhaps with a dash of cinnamon. Peas, chopped up broccoli, sweetcorn, grated carrot, and grated courgette could all work too I reckon. I'd best get cooking!
* I know, I know, strict baby led weaner mums would just be giving the baby a bit of what they're having for lunch. But if that was the case, Baby I would mostly be subsisting on chocolate spread on toast, mini cheddars and bagels. I am rubbish at my lunches when I'm at home! Hence the need for inspiration!