Posted By Julie on July 21, 2007
The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!
Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose intelligence is surest.”
Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron’s affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine’s editor).
Update: I decided to make some scones from Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess for breakfast. They came out pretty well, although as I was making them, it hit me that they were really just the equivalent of baking powder biscuits made with homemade baking powder. And sure enough, that’s what they tasted like—must just be a translation thing! That still doesn’t explain why Nigella said they look like they have cellulite, though.
I topped half of my scones with cacao nib sugar and half with cinnamon sugar. Since we didn’t have any clotted cream, we ate ours with butter, jam, honey, and Nutella.
3 1/3 C AP flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 C cold unsalted butter, diced
2 T shortening, in teaspooned lumps
1 1/3 C milk
1 large egg, beaten, for egg-wash
Preheat oven to 425F.
Sift the flour, salt, soda, and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Rub in the fats till the mixture goes like damp sand. Add the milk all at once, mix briefly—briefly being the operative word—and then turn out onto a floured surface and knead lightly to form a dough.
Roll out to about 1 to 1 1/4 inch thickness. Dip a 2 1/3-inch crinkle-edged round cutter into some flour, then stamp out at least 10 scones. You get 12 in all from this, but may need to reroll for the last 2. Place on a greased baking sheet very close together—the idea is that they bulge and stick together on cooking—then brush the tops with the egg wash. Put in the oven and cook for 10 minutes or until risen and golden.
Always eat freshly baked, preferably still warm from the oven, with clotted cream and jam, or “thunder and lightning,” which is clotted cream and molasses.
Source: How to Be a Domestic Goddess, by Nigella Lawson.