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Classic Scottish Scones

Servings: 9-12 scones
Unlike American scones, this Scottish version isn't loaded with butter; the less-rich result is an excellent foil for lots of jam, butter and whipped cream.

2 1/4 cups self-rising flour* (see note below)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup (or more) chilled whole milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Extra flour (for sprinkling baking sheet with and to lightly flour work surface with)

Accompaniments: (optional)
Whipped Heavy Cream or Double or Clotted Cream

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Sprinkle large rimmed baking sheet with flour.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powder.

Whisk together the 3/4 cup milk, the egg and oil in small bowl to blend.

Gradually add milk mixture to dry ingredients, tossing until moist clumps form.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently for several turns until dough comes together.

Pat out dough to 1-inch thick round. Using a 2 1/2-inch in diameter cutter, cut out scones. Gather dough scraps; press out to 1-inch thickness and cut out more scones. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Bake scones in preheated 425°F (220°C) oven until golden on top, and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 12-14 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to basket or serving plate and serve warm with butter, jam, and whipped cream (or double or clotted cream).

I found that more flour was needed in this recipe to make the dough easier to work with. I recommend using at least 1/2 to 1 cup more flour (than stated in the ingredients above) to achieve a dough that is "workable" but not dry....Diana

Makes between 9 to 12 scones.

Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2004

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine, May 2004
Date: April 23, 2004