Though scones are one of the most basic of recipes, there is something of an art to making the perfect scone. Today's recipe is fit for a queen and requires just four ingredients! Once you make these they will be your go to recipe forevermore because not only is the recipe simple, the result ensures feather-light scones that come up perfect every time and bonus - they are vegetarian friendly too!
Please click here "Secrets to the Perfect Scone" for my post on no-fail scone baking tips because they will really help you get the best baking results.
If you like, add a 1/2 cup of whatever you like to the scone dough to make your own custom variations but this simple version is my personal favorite. This recipe is great to get the kids in on as well and there is hardly any clean up.
*These are best eaten fresh out of the oven or the same day they are made. However you can reheat them in the microwave. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness and quality.
YOU WILL NEED
1+1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons | 325g | 11.5 ounces self-raising flour
2/3 cup cold lemonade/Sprite etc. (fizzy and cold not flat or warm)
2/3 cup thickened cream (both regular and light cream work in this recipe)
1 tablespoon caster sugar (optional but I like my scones slightly sweet)
A little extra flour for flouring your work surfaces
Preheat oven to 225°C /435°F.
Keep a baking tray ready covered with foil and lightly floured.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients together. I like to use a spatula to mix everything together.
Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.
On a floured board or dinner plate take one of the balls. Sprinkle a little extra flour on top of the dough and lightly and quickly pat into a thick circle. (It does not have to be perfect and should not be made too flat.)
With a sharp knife cut into four quarters and place on your prepared baking tray.
Repeat the same process with the two remaining balls of dough.
Place the cut dough close together on your prepared baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until they just begin to look golden on the top - they should not color too much on the top. They are done when they sound hollow when tapped ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCONE.
Serve warm with whipped/clotted cream & jam or lashings of butter!
MAKES 12 DELICIOUS SCONES