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You can have a batch of scones on the table in 20 minutes with Jane Hornby's storecupboard recipe, perfect for unexpected guests
"Excellent quick recipe. Made for the first time four days ago and have had to make batches more because the kids demanded more!...takes about 15 mins to mix once you get the hang of it. I used a processor for the rubbing in of the butter and flour. Fab recipe, thank you. "- sharrcoopsok
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Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Put a baking sheet in the oven.
Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife - it will seem pretty wet at first (at this point you might want to add a handfull of sultanas or some other dried fruit). Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it's a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep.
Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. By this point you'll probably need to press what's left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream. If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven (about 160C/fan140C/gas 3) for a few mins to refresh.
Adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the milk sours it slightly, mimicking sharp-tasting buttermilk, often used in scones but sometimes tricky to find. The slightly acidic mix gives a boost to the raising agents in the flour and baking powder.
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Jandrew120 9 months agoWorked really well, light and fluffy. Totally recommend this recipe. :)))
MRenee110 9 months agoGreat! Delicious! I bought clotted cream at Publix.
adrian_hickey_7 9 months agoDidn't rise at all - need to figure out what went wrong...tasted great though.
Dinky1973 10 months agoI have struggled to find a good scone recipe! Now I can stop looking. Brilliant result! Yum!!!!
Jessv 11 month agoEasy, quick and delicious!
Dianaejiama 1 year agoOne word, perfect. I can't believe I made these. Thank you very much.
jaynemarie 1 year ago
andrewgotley 1 year agoExcellent! Great result from a fast prep.
malcolmhills 1 year agoPerfect recipe - perfect results. WOW! Simply cannot fault this - a definite 10/10.
Wiv1977 1 year agoEasy past. Fab recipe!!!
sammyfawcett 1 year ago
malcolmhills 1 year agoTried this for the first time today. One word: Perfect! An outstanding recipe with outstanding results.
sharrcoopsok 1 year agoExcellent quick recipe. Made for the first time four days ago and have had to make batches more because the kids demanded more!...takes about 15 mins to mix once you get the hang of it. I used a processor for the rubbing in of the butter and flour. Fab recipe, thank you.
Ddorreo 1 year agoHow do you make clotted cream
mrJames 1 year agoa grate recipe very simple Thanks very much A +
stacte 1 year agoProper scones (pronounced 'skons' :) ) - light and fluffy and fast and simple. Wonderful recipe!
Mandafish 2 years agoBest sweet scone recipe I have found in years!
Strawberryfields32 2 years agoJust made them - fab recipe!
fraseathome 2 years agobrilliant. these taste amazimg.
Beklaud 2 years agoNice scones. I'd use slightly less salt next time.