[L-R] Elsa Mardones, Housien Koussan and John Ten Have whipping up a batch of scones.
[L-R] Elsa Mardones, Housien Koussan and John Ten Have whipping up a batch of scones.

Scone mastery at Macquarie

When you think of a scone-making master, you’re likely to picture your grandmother, or even an elderly aunt and not Staff Café’s Chef Manager Housien Koussan.

“Making scones is actually really quick and easy,” said Housien. “It only takes 20 minutes to make them from scratch, to the table!”

After striking up a conversation about scones with Staff Café regular John Ten Have, Housien offered to demonstrate just how quick and easy making scones can be using his all-time favourite recipe. So John, along with fellow scone lover Elsa Mardones took him up on the offer.

As part of the class, Housien showed John and Elsa several techniques guaranteed to make a good scone, including how to encourage scones to rise together, and to whisk cream using a figure-eight method.

“Housien’s a great teacher with a passion for sharing his skills,” said John.  “Yet another joyous discovery in the sanctuary which is the Staff Café!”

“It really made my day knowing my customers walked away with skills I taught them, skills they can now teach their friends and family,” said Housien.

Jealous of John and Elsa’s private lesson in ‘sconography’? Don’t be! Housien was so pleased with his impromptu class, he’s now offering scone masterclasses for interested staff, every Tuesday morning in July.

Housien’s scone masterclasses
Dates: 7, 14, 21 and 28 July 2015
Time: 9.45am – 10.30am
Where: Staff Café
Cost: $15 (includes all ingredients, scones to take home and a coffee)

Register now : Email Housien Koussan (housien.koussan@mq.edu.au). Places are limited to four per class.