A few of my friends and readers have requested simple recipes that are quick and easy to make which is why I would like to introduce this series of recipe posts called Simply Sofia where I will share simple, easy recipes starting with plain scones. Scones are great because they give off that wonderful freshly baked bread smell but don't have to rise and only take up to 15 minutes in the oven. I made these this morning and have already eaten a few too many!
Makes 6-8 small scones. Ingredients: 225g plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 30g sugar, a pinch of salt, 120ml milk, 55g butter.
*Tips* If you want a lighter (and healthier) recipe you can use half milk and half water to make up the 120ml or if you need a lactose free recipe replace the butter with margarine and the milk for water.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Chop up butter into cubes. Rub butter into flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the middle of the mixture, pour in milk and mix together with a round-bladed knife until combined. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently (4-5 times) simply to make the dough uniform. Gather into a ball and flatten onto the surface with your hand until about 2cm thick. Use a cutter to cut into rounds. Place on greaseproof paper on a baking tray and lightly brush with milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.
These are very best served warm with jam and clotted cream and of course, a cup of tea!