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Dropped Scones



I came across a local parish recipe collection. The women of the parish submitted recipes and the book was sold to raise funds for church roof repairs.

This little book probably dates from the late 1950’s or early 60’s.

There was a recipe for dropped scones (Scottish pancakes) from a 95 year old. I can remember her grand-daughter.

She was the only contributor whose age appeared after her name. This old lady would be over 150 years old if alive today.



4oz self raising flour
1 and 1/2 oz castor sugar
1/2 oz butter
1 small teaspoon syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
(it is emphasized that all the teaspoons should be small)
1 egg beaten with about half a cup of milk according to the size of the egg.


Mix dry ingredients in a basin.
Melt butter and syrup in a pan and add to dry ingredients with the egg and milk.
Mix to a smooth batter, and bake in a fairly hot greased girdle. (I thought it was griddle!)


Mince and potatoes


I noticed someone has searched my blog for “mince and potatoes recipes.”

It struck me that maybe there’s lots of young people wondering how to cook the old fashioned unsophisticated meals of their childhood, or their mother’s childhood and maybe even their grandmother’s childhood.

Or maybe men living alone who have never cooked at all.

Maybe I’ll try and put my simple recipe for mince and potatoes on this blog, once I get round to working out how to put such an automatic process that doesn’t reach consciousness, into print.

Yes, I’ll add a category “Old Recipes”