Homemade scones and butter in my quest for victory!!


Craig at the QVC Bake OffHi there,

I hope you are well.

All good with me, I had a great week in Devon last week (see previous blog) and then got back to london and straight back to work. Being part of Get Gorgeous on the weekend was brilliant, did you see the Pecksniff's show? Wow, so much sold out that we had to finish the show early – I loved every minute of it! I am so passionate about fragrance – did you treat yourself to anything?



I just wanted to share with you something I did a couple of weeks ago, another QVC bake off! I have taken part in these before and they are always such fun. This time it's to celebrate the launch of a new show on QVC, the 'Baking Boutique', and of course if you are like me you are bound to be getting inspired by the return of the BBC's Great British Bake Off.

We baked and filmed at a beautiful house in West London with a kitchen to die for. I followed Kathy Taylor who had baked an amazing fondant chocolate cake, totally delicious, and after me was Debbie Flint who made macrobiotic buns, again scrummy. Me, I baked cherry and sultana scones with HOMEMADE BUTTER!! It was a recipe from my dear friend Lotte Duncan's book and, to help things along, Lotte reassured me how easy the recipe was but how special it was to serve up for a beautiful English afternoon tea.

Here are some photos of the day along with a little video showing my baking in action…

Craig with tasty treats Yummy scones










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If you fancy making the scones the recipe can be found in Lotte's brilliant book 'Lotte's Country Kitchen' (I used cherries instead of dried raspberries that I couldn't seem to find!). Or watch my video as it's all explained there. Here are the ingredients you will need:

For the scones –

450g self raising flour

2 level teaspoons baking powder

110g salted butter (just in case my homemade butter doesn't work out)

110g dried raspberries

3 tablespoons caster sugar

275ml buttermilk (just in case my homemade butter doesn't work out)

flour for dusting

milk for glazing

For the homemade butter - 

570ml double cream

2 pinches of sea salt

You will also need –

1 jar Bonne Maman strawberry jam

1 non-stick baking tray

1 brush for milk glaze

1 large mixing bowl

1 biscuit cutter  


Thank you so much and PLEASE vote here for me when you get the chance!!!

Much love,

Craig xxx




  1. Cheryl Williams August 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Craigy those scones look gorgeous all that is missing is a dollop of Cornish clotted cream
    Have a great week
    Love Cheryl

  2. Penny Howard August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    Loved the video & I’ve voted for you. I have to do all my own baking as I’ve had Coeliac Disease for 30 years & Gluten Free shop products are horrid. I am definitely going to try your scones & homemade butter, but I think I will use shop butter for the scones along with the buttermilk but save the actual homemade butter for spreading on the scones & hot rolls etc. Very quick microwave strawberry jam with a punnet of reduced price, stamp dated strawberries (better flavour when they’re fully ripe), lemon juice & sugar makes it even yummier. Keep the jam in the fridge as it won’t last as long, but then in my family it never does. You once made a spicey crumble that has become a family favourite only obviously useing GF flour.
    Finally, on the subject of being a Coeliac, I know you love Thornton’s choccies & in the shops they have a book with all the GF produce listed; QVC doesn’t seem to have this information, so I have never been able to buy the fantastic offers you have at Christmas time; could you be a hero & maybe nudge Thorntons into providing this info for QVC?
    Many thanks & lots more recipes please.
    Love Penny

  3. Sarah September 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig
    I think you may have inspired me to bake a cake!! I am not a baker (lack of patience!!) but what with your bake off and the other baking tv programme currently on, I feel a cake coming on. I only normally make my Christmas cake so we shall see might twitter you a picture!!!! (if I can work out how to do that ;-0
    Sarah xxxxx

  4. Sarah September 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    I haven’t quite made a cake but did make an apple tart tatin yesterday – sorry no photo didn’t hang around long enough!! Cake next xxxxx

  5. Anne, Northern Ireland February 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    craig you once mentioned a web site in America for inventors could you e-mail the name, many thanks

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