Making Scones

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For a High Tea, I tried my hand at making scones! I have had them before, and I just *love* them 😀
I used a recipe from a Dutch supermarket site, Albert Heijn. For my non-Dutch readers, here’s what you’ll need for 8 scones (I doubled the recipe):

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 8g vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 75 ml milk
  • whipping cream
  • (raspberry) jam

And a summary of the recipe:

  1. Heat oven at 225 degrees Celcius
  2. Sift the baking powder, the flour and the salt in a bowl, add vanilla sugar and regular sugar. Add the butter.
  3. Whisk the egg and the milk in a separate bowl, and add most of it to the dry mixture (you save this to brush over the scones before they go into the oven)
  4. Knead knead knead knead! Add some more milk to get the right consistency; it should form a solid ball that just about stays together.
  5. It says to roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter, but I just separated the dough into 8 parts and rolled flattened balls from them. I actually split the balls again, because I had doubled the recipe 😉
  6. Before you put them into the oven, brush the egg-milk stuff over the scones, and then bake them for about 10 minutes until they’re light brown.
  7. For the topping: Whisk the whipping cream until it forms nice peaks (I also added some vanilla sugar because I just love the sweetness)

And you’re done! For added sweetness, I made a sweetened butter (which also tasted delicious on toast).

You’ll need:

  • 115g butter at room temperature
  • 55g brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • a bit of ground nutmeg and cinnamon

Now, just add all of this together (I didn’t use these exact measurements because my scale isn’t very precise xD) and mix until everything is evenly distributed!

To serve, I cut the scones in halves, and added the butter, a spoonful of whipped cream and a bit of jam! It tasted wonderful ❤

DIY: Matte top coat

I’ve been expanding my nail polish collection for a while now (I just bought a massive amount of Catrice polishes from mylittlepaperplane), but one thing that was seriously lacking, is a good matte top coat, or any matte polishes at all. I’ve been drooling over pictures of matte (mostly denim) polishes, and they just make a look so much classier!

Now, being the budget lover (and DIY lover) I am, I found this video on YouTube how to make your own matte top coat! I tried it, and it worked quite well! So, of course, I’ll share this with you too 🙂
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What you need:

  • Clear nail polish
  • Corn starch
  • (paper) funnel
  • Spoon

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And that’s really all! I didn’t even use a funnel because.. Well I forgot it xD I made a bit of a mess but nothing really bad.

How it works:

  1. Make sure your bottle is not completely full, otherwise there’s no room for the corn starch. I had a little bit of polish left in a bottle I spilled (over my pants..) and used it to test this DIY 🙂
  2. Place the funnel over the polish bottle and put a bit of the corn starch in. There’s no exact amount of corn starch you need to add, just add, shake and test until you got something you like! I added quite a lot to a small amount of polish, so don’t be scared to put in a lot.
  3. Again, that’s it. Easy, isn’t it? Just remember to shake well. If your polish gets too thick, you can add some thinner or nail polish remover.

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And this is my result! On the left is with the DIY top coat, on the left is the plain polish (no top coat). I used Catrice’s Petrolpolitan (no. 35) from the aforementioned haul 😀

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So, what do you think about this DIY and/or matte polishes itself? I just *love* them 🙂