Dust a large baking tray with a little flour and pre-heat the oven.
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the sugar and blend together well.
Add the butter to the bowl and using a fork, blend everything together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Pour most of the milk into the bowl and stir to form a soft slightly sticky dough. If this does not happen easily add the remaining milk.
Gather together the dough to form a soft, slightly sticky, mass.
Lightly dust the worktop with flour, place the dough in the middle and lightly dust the top with flour.
Gently flatten the dough with your hands to 3cm/1¼” thick.
Press a round pastry cutter or upturned coffee cup into the dough to cut out circles.
Gather the off-cuts into a ball of dough, gently flatten and cut out further circles.
Brush the top of the scones with the tablespoon of milk.
Lift the dough circles onto the prepared baking tray.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown.
Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool.
Large oven tray, parchment, round pastry cutter and mixing bowl
220˚C, Fan 200˚C, 425˚F, Gas 7
What an excellent result! I made two batches of eight, first batch rose perfectly, the 2nd batch I left the mixture a little softer and the spread a bit more but the texture and flavour of both batches were first class. served with strawberry conserve and clotted cream. Lots of compliments from all with some "best scones ever" comments. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
By Sylvia Loots
25 Jun 2020
Like someone else fancied a scone for afternoon tea but alas no self raising flour. This recipe worked well,produced 8 scones p!us one straggler to be "checked" straight out the oven. Quick easy and great result
10 Jun 2020
I had no SR Flour so yours came up on google for plain flour. Oh my they were scrummy ! I had to add more flour as were a bit sticky, I added currents . Lurpack & strawberry jam =delicious Lockdown scones . Thankyou for sharing
By Mrs Dobson
08 Jun 2020
By Oscar Graham
03 Jun 2020
Incredible recipe, add vanilla extract and its perfect!
20 May 2020
First time using this recipe as I normally use the recipe from my 90s dairy cookery book but I didn’t have any self raising flour left. Well I can honestly say this recipe was perfect!! The dough came together beautifully, they tasted perfect! This is my new recipe for any future scone baking. Thank you!
14 May 2020
I made these for VE Day. Absolutely perfect.
08 May 2020
I don't normally leave reviews, but I made these and they were delicious. I was surprised I made something taste so good! My dough only made 4 scones, not sure what happened there, however I will most definitely be making these again.
04 May 2020
I made these today for the first time, I did vary the recipe and used Greek yogurt instead of milk. The colour , texture and taste were excellent, but the rise was disappointing. I will attempt another batch soon to go with my homemade strawberry
22 Apr 2020
They did not go to plan... They smell amazing, but the dough was way to wet and runny. I'll try again, but I don't know where I went wrong...
19 Apr 2020
We were delighted with these scones.
It's a long time since I made scones but it won't be as long again. A very simple and easy recipe with 'cupboard ingredients' which produces excellent results.