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How to make perfect scones
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Scones are very simple and quick to make using store cupboard ingredients. You can have a batch of warm scones on the table within half an hour.
300g self-raising flour
75g butter, chilled
50g caster sugar
This recipe will give a lovely crusty top to the scones. If you like a light shine, brush with a little milk and sprinkle with caster sugar. For a rich glaze brush the tops with a little beaten egg.
Buttermilk - replace the milk with 175g buttermilk for an even lighter texture and slightly sweeter flavour.
Stir in 50-75g dried fruit of your choice (try chopped apricots or mango) and 1 tsp ground cinnamon with the sugar.
Omit the sugar and stir in 75g grated mature Cheddar instead. Add 1 tsp mustard with the milk. Brush the tops of the scones with milk and sprinkle with a little more grated cheese before baking.
Replace half the flour with self raising wholemeal flour. You may need an extra tablespoon of milk for mixing. Use light muscovado sugar instead of caster sugar.
This recipe was first published in June 2001.