Afternoon tea with scones is one of the great English traditions. After enjoying some tasty scones out for tea recently I gave making my own a go for my sister-in-law’s baby shower.
250g plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
A handful of sultanas
Pre-heat oven to 230°C
To make the scones mix the butter into the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt with your fingers (like when making shortcrust pastry) until the texture is like sand.
Mix in the handful of sultanas (optional)m
Form a well (hole) in the centre of the crumby mixture and pour the milk into the well. Starting from the centre mix together to form a dough (you might need a little water, although – didn’t) and knead a little (a minute or so).
Put the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 1.5cm thick. Using a pastry cutter, or if like me you don’t have one a glass turned upside down, cut out the scones and place onto greaseproof paper in a pre-heated baking tray.
Wash a little milk on the top and bake for approx. 15 mins until the scones have risen and are golden.
Serve (preferably warm) with jam and/or clotted cream/stiffly whipped cream/butter.
And here I am with my lovely in-laws – all looking forward to the the next generation being born!