Makes: 12 - 16 scones
Prep Time: 20mins
Cooking Time: 10 - 15mins
2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk (approx.)
(optional: add ½ cup of dried fruit to make fruit scones or ½ cup of choc chips to make choc chip scones)
Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in the egg. (If you are making choc chip or fruit scones add the ½ cup now.) Gradually add the milk until a thick dough is formed. (Use as little or a much milk as needed.)
Turn out the mixture onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out the dough to 3/4" thickness and cut into rounds with a 2" cookie cutter. Gather the trimmings and lightly knead, roll, and cut them as well. Place the rounds about 1" apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little beaten egg or milk.
Bake in a preheated 450° oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.