Recipe

Basic scones

Nothing beats hot, freshly baked scones served with jam and whipped cream.

  • 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 16 Item
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Ingredients

Basic scones
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 30 gram butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk, cold
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water, approximately
  • 2 teaspoon milk, extra

Method

Basic scones
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 240°C (220°C fan-forced). Grease 23cm-square cake pan.
  • 2
    Sift flour, sugar and salt into large bowl; rub in butter. Stir in milk and enough water to mix to a soft, sticky dough.
  • 3
    Turn dough onto floured surface; knead quickly and lightly until just smooth. Use hand to press dough out evenly to 2cm thickness; using cutter, cut 5cm rounds from dough.
  • 4
    Place rounds in pan; brush with extra milk. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool.

Notes

The key to making perfect scones is working quickly, so that the butter doesn't soften too much. Always use butter straight from the fridge and use chilled milk as well. If you have a food processor process the flour, sugar, salt and cold butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Use a round-ended table knife to stir in the milk and water.

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