Tomorrow is a Saturday and St Patrick’s Day. You will have plenty of time to sleep in and get ready for St Patricks Day. What doe better with that cup of Irish Tea than a freshly-baked scone. This really easy recipe will make about 8 scones.
8 oz/225g plain flour
1 rounded tsp baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 oz/40-50g butter or margarine
about 1/4 pt/150 ml milk
a little beaten egg or milk to glaze (optional)
Preheat a very hot oven, 450°F or 230°C.
Sift dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, cut in butter (in small chunks) and rub in mixture until consistency is of fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the center, then add enough milk to make a soft dough, just firm enough to handle. Turn out onto a floured worktop and knead lightly into shape, roll or pat out to about an inch and stamp out rounds with a floured 1 1/2 inch to 2inch cutter, or cut into squares or triangles with a sharp knife.
Lay scones on a floured baking sheet, glaze with a little egg or milk if you like and bake in the preheated oven for about 7-10 minutes, until brown and well-risen.
Cool on a wire rack and serve, while still warm, with jam and whipped or clotted cream. Scones that have cooled completely should be warmed gently before serving.