BOTTLE OF BLISS: Richie Williamson shows off his green tomato pickles entered in the Grafton Show last year.
BOTTLE OF BLISS: Richie Williamson shows off his green tomato pickles entered in the Grafton Show last year. Grafton Daily Examiner

Mayor in a pickle over scone recipe

AFTER being rolled in the pickles and the scones competitions at the 2008 Grafton Show, Mayor Richie Williamson is sure he will better his result this year.

“I copped a second in both last year, but everyone had better watch out, there have been some adjustments made,” Richie said.

“I wasn't really happy with how the scones rose last year, so the recipe has been altered and perfected.”

Richie is also going for the double in the scones this year, as he is entering his famous tea-time favourites in the Maclean and Grafton shows.

“I don't know if it has been done before, but I am gunning for the double in the scones this year,” he said.

Richie uses his grandma's fail-roof recipes for both his scones and pickles, and he doesn't just make them for the show, but also for his personal enjoyment.

“You can't beat a green tomato pickle and corned beef sandwich,” he said.

“And scones still warm from the oven with butter and strawberry jam go down almost too well.”

While he did supply The Daily Examiner with his basic scone recipe, he did not provide any insight to how he will perfect the ratios of raising agent or how he will get his pickles tasting just right.

“It is like KFC, everything is top secret. Letting people know my secrets would make a few of my competitors, particularly one in Copmanhurst, all too happy,” Richie said.

“But I will tell you this; the secret to a good final product is to use good quality ingredients to begin with. You also have to make sure you let your pickles mature for a good few weeks to get the taste just right.”

Richie also maintains that he is the one who lovingly prepares and cooks the goods.

“My wife does clean up, but that's it,” Richie assured.

The Mayor Richie Williamson tried and tested, fail proof, show winning scone recipe:

  •  3 cups self-raising flour
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  1 cup cream
  •  1 cup lemonade


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