To Arthur! Guinness Scones
Last year, to celebrate 250 years since Guinness was invented, Diageo announced that the 23rd September would be Arthur’s Day. Obviously they raked in a ton of cash, and decided to make it a yearly event.
Now I hate the Black Stuff. Can’t stand beer of any kind, in fact, but I felt pretty stupid last year in the pub raising my vodka diet coke while all around me pints of Guinness were sailing through the air. So this year, I decided to join in by making Guinness scones. I had tried Guinness bread before and quite liked it – I suppose the yeasty taste I dislike in a drink is more appropriate in a bread.
I found this recipe Googling ‘Guinness scones’ – I was encouraged by the description of the scones as ‘a version of the popular Irish soda bread’, and the sentence ‘the Irish enjoy the taste of soda’ amused me.
So I put the scones together, following the ingredients from the recipe but more or less using my own quantities; perhaps I was a bit cocky with my scone-making abilities, after all I have only been scone blogging for 2 months.
Anyway, into the oven they went and after 10 minutes or so they came out looking all rustic and delicious. I pulled one apart, handed a chunk to the official taster and took a bite myself. They were delicious. Ok, that was a lie. They were disgusting. I looked at the OT who had a panicked look on his face, wondering what he had done wrong to be punished like this.
Perhaps all the talk of soda in the recipe was what led me to go a little bit overboard with the bicarbonate of soda. It was my first time using it as an ingredient and I didn’t have self-raising wholemeal flour, so I was worried about the scones not rising. I can now assert that my Irishman at least does not ‘enjoy the taste of soda’.
I’m quite disappointed that the first scones I made in our new kitchen were such a disaster. The official taster did say that with a little less soda he thought they would be pretty good, bless him, and as I still have more than half a can of Guinness left, he encouraged me to try again. We’ll see.
Edit: I did try again – see the second attempt here…