Saturday, 12 June 2010


Rachel Allen's Scones
450g flour
Pinch of salt
20g baking powder
25g caster sugar
75g butter
2 eggs
200ml milk

Preheat the oven to 230°C.

Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl, add the caster sugar and mix. Rub in the butter and make a well in the centre.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the milk. Pour all but 60ml of this liquid into the dry ingredients and, using one hand, mix to a soft dough, adding more liquid if necessary.

Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead until a dough is formed. Sprinkle with flour and gently roll out until it's 2-5cm (3/4-2in) thick. Cut with a round 5cm (2in) cutter into scones. Place on a lightly floured baking tray.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 7-10 minutes until golden brown on top. Cool on a wire rack. Serve split with butter and jam or with jam and a blob of whipped cream.