Scones:- a classic recipe

Want a fool-proof recipe for delicious scones? Read on!

A perfect student recipe with only 6 ingredients and about 30 minutes to complete and all under €4. This could not be easier. Everybody loves warm scones with butter and jam but many people think that scones are very difficult to make so they never try. This is one of the simpler recipes and is a great crowd pleaser.

Pre heat your oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F

Ingredients

To start you are going to need the following ingredients for plain scones:

4 cups of plain flour

2 tablespoons of baking powder

2 tablespoons of caster sugar

1 teaspoon salt

110g unsalted butter (unsalted butter comes in 227 g blocks so roughly half)

300ml of milk.

The recipe above is for plain scones. To make fruit scones you can add pretty much anything you like. For example; raspberries, sultanas, currants, etc. Just add a handful and mix through the dough.

The Perfect Scone, Image Credit Sadbh Maguire

Method

Start by cutting the butter into small cubes abought the size of your thumbnail  and setting them aside to warm up slightly.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, and add the baking powder, salt and butter. Use your fingertips to lightly crumble the mixture together until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Make a well in the middle of this mixture and add about half the milk, gently mix together with a fork and gradually add the remainder of the milk.

Place the dough down on a flat floured surface and roll out until about 3cm thick, using a cutter cut out as many pieces as you can. If you do not have a cookie cutter use a water glass and repeat the process until all the dough is used up.

Place the scone dough on a baking tray, making sure to leave a little room between the scones.  Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown on top. If you like you can brush the top with a little milk before putting in the oven to give a glaze.

Serve warm with butter and jam; for a very special treat add some whipped cream.

Cooked Scones, Image credit Sadbh Maguire