Scones are something that can be whipped up at a moments notice, I've actually been known to make them even after my guests have arrived as they are simple to make and taste delicious.
There are many variations of the scone recipe; this is the one I prefer.
Plain flour, for dusting
3 cups self-raising flour
80g butter, cubed
1-1 1/4 cups milk
Jam and whipped cream, to serve
1. Preheat oven to 200°C. This is important,
as scones need to go into a hot oven.
2. Sift self-raising flour into a large bowl.
3. Using your fingertips, rub butter into
flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Make a well in the centre. Add 1 cup of
milk. Mix with a flat bladed knife until
mixture forms soft dough, adding more milk
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead
gently until smooth (don't knead dough too
much or scones will be tough)
6. Pat dough into a 2cm-thick round. Using a
5cm (diameter) round cutter, cut out 12
7. Place scones onto prepared baking tray,
8. Sprinkle tops with a little plain flour.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden
and well risen (My oven is fast so I only
bake for about 15 mins, so keep a close
eye on them)
10.Transfer to a wire rack.
11.Serve warm with jam and cream.
*Recipe adapted from here
*Image from here