It takes three tonnes of flour to prepare scones at the Royal Show

Behind the scenes: Lyn Jacobson rolls out the scones at the Royal Show. Photo: Clare McCabe.
Behind the scenes: Lyn Jacobson rolls out the scones at the Royal Show. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Three tonnes of flour is used by the Country Women's Association of NSW (CWA) to bake their famous scones at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

In comparison, Trappers Bakery in Goulburn uses 200 kilograms or just over each day, baker Shaun Haynes said.

Kids make a beeline for the queues to tick a visit off of their Show bucket lists and visitors at the tea rooms say it is a tradition to indulge in a warm scone and a cuppa.

In 2017, the ladies sold 53,872 scones which set the record and benchmark. However, two years ago the Show ran for two additional days, these days it runs for 12.

On Good Friday 2018, the daily record was achieved when 5124 scones were sold. At $6 for two scones, the kitchen would have raised about $15,000.

The proceeds will be used for disaster relief money.

The record is set: Rowena Casey from Cowra and Carol Vincent, chairman of the catering committee of Nelson Bay. Photo: Clare McCabe.

The record is set: Rowena Casey from Cowra and Carol Vincent, chairman of the catering committee of Nelson Bay. Photo: Clare McCabe.

"With the drought still impacting so much of our state, we're still very focused on our drought assistance grants scheme and money raised through the tea room. This year [the money] will be used to support the work of the CWA in helping those still in need," CWA of NSW president Annette Turner said.

More than 400 volunteers from branches across NSW cater for the thousands who visit the tea rooms.

Each day at 5am, volunteers begin their shift. They put on their aprons and hairnets to bake in the kitchen, they bring their smiles to the tills, and tend to the crowds who patiently wait in queue or a seat to free up.

The scones are made daily usually by two or three women who prepare the scones for baking.

"Their cooking all day," Lyn Buck from the Albury branch said.

On Sunday, they had already sold almost 9000 scones and they are well on their way to achieving the record.

"Last years count was less than the first day this year," Ms Buck said.

The tea-room also uses around 35,000 portions of strawberry jam, 18,000 tea bags and 20,000 sachets of sugar.

Elizabeth O'Dwyer (Mascot evening branch), Cheryl Mayberry, Rowena Casey (Cowra) Kylie Burgess (Sydney city).

Elizabeth O'Dwyer (Mascot evening branch), Cheryl Mayberry, Rowena Casey (Cowra) Kylie Burgess (Sydney city).

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