Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Anta Homewares and Cookbook - plus cheese scone recipe

If you love traditionally Scottish homewares, Anta is probably going to be one of your favourite places to visit. Miles away from the tartan tat of the Royal Mile, their flagship store on George Street is as authentically Scottish as you can get and is an oasis of gorgeous muted colours, soft woollens and beautiful designs. Anta's key products are their hand-painted stoneware, adorned with tartan, thistles and other patterns, and their range of textiles, made from woollen yarn sourced from the Western Isles. Their range of textiles is huge, from home furnishings like cushions and throws, to furniture, curtains and even carpets. Their scarves and bags are all lovely too, classic but modern. The stoneware is mainly kitchen focussed, with teapots, mugs, baking and serving dishes, In light of their large range of kitchenware they recently released a wonderful cookbook. There's a wide range of recipes with plenty of Scottish influences as you'd expect (a whole section on venison recipes for instance), so there are lots of Scots classics such as tattie scones, oatcakes, St Andrews cake, Scotch pancakes and a recipe for traditional Scots porridge (made with water and a pinch of salt). There are a lot of other delicious sounding bakes and treats too and one that I'm looking forward to trying is the cheese scones, perfect for the chilly weather and served with soup. Here's the recipe from Anta's book!

Cheese Scones

450g self raising flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp paprika
100g unsalted butter
150g grated cheddar, plus extra for topping
200ml milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius.
2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. With your hands rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add the cheddar and milk and bring ingredients together with your hands.
4. Gently roll out on a floured surface to 3cm thick and cut into circles.
5. Bake for ten minutes, remove from the oven and top with a sprinkling of cheddar.
6. Return to oven and bake for a further five minutes until golden brown.


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