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British scones

A scone and tea at half past three!

Scones are wonderfully British, delicious, and so simple; even a five-year-old could make them. This single-serving cake or quick bread is the ultimate traditional tea time treat in England. Eaten with strawberry jam and clotted cream, they make a splendid breakfast or tea time offering.

Plan the perfect afternoon tea with this easy to whip up scone recipe. Put on your apron and grab your chef’s hat and impress your friends with these light, fluffy delights!

What will I need?

2 1/2 cups self raising flour

2 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
50g butter, melted
1-1 ½ cups milk

How is it done?

Preheat the oven to 210°C. Sift the flour, baking powder and icing sugar together. Stir in the egg, butter and then add milk a little at a time until you have formed a slightly sticky dough. Turn it out onto a floured board and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Roll to 2cm thickness. Cut out circles using a cutter, dipping in flour between cuts. Place scones close together on a lined baking tray and rest for a further 10 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

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