Afternoon Tea - Scones

I was blogging earlier this week about English Afternoon Tea and one of my readers has asked for a quick and easy recipe for Scones. Here it is, Becky - best eaten warm from the oven with dollops of clotted cream and strawberry jam, home-made if you have some.


Ingredients: (makes 12)
250g plain flour
quarter tsp salt
4tsp baking powder
50g butter - softened and cut into cubes
150ml milk
a little water
milk and flour to finish

Method:
  • Heat the oven to 230'C or Gas Mark 8.
  • Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. 
  • Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. 
  • Make a hole in the centre of the mixture and pour in the milk and mix to a soft spongy dough, adding a little water if it needs it.
  • Knead the dough lightly on a well-floured surface. Roll out or flatten until it is 1.5 cms thick.
  • Cut into 6 cms circles using a glass as a guide. Put on a baking tray.
  • Gather the extra dough into a ball, then flatten and cut out more circles.
  • Brush the circles of dough (scones) with milk for a glazed finish or rub with flour for a soft crust.
  • Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the scones have well risen and golden on top.
  • Split open the scones and spread with butter, cream and jam.
  • Yummy!  

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