Makes 12-16


12 oz. (300g) self raising flour

3 oz. (75g) butter

pinch of salt

1 oz. (25g) caster sugar

5 oz. (125ml) milk

1 level teaspoon of baking powder


Pre-heat oven to 470F, Gas mark 9, 240C

Sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder

Rub in the margarine

Add the milk and knead into a soft dough

On a lightly floured board roll out the dough to a thickness of half an inch (12 mm)

Using a 2 inch (5 cm) cutter cut into scones

Place on a lightly greased baking tray and cook in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes


Add a couple of ounces of good quality grated cheese to the dry mixture for cheese scones

Add a couple of ounces of raisins, or sultanas to the dry mixture for fruit scones.

Add a hefty pinch of mixed herbs for herby scones.