British scones are very different from American scones and are comparable to what Americans would consider a biscuit. This recipe will give you light and tender scones, or biscuits, that rise beautifully. Scones can be super easy to make. Follow the recipe and see how easy it is for yourself.
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- 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter, diced
- 1/8 cup vegetable shortening, diced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Preheat the oven to 425F.
- 2 Stir the flour and baking powder together.
- 3 Add the diced fats and rub very lightly and gently between your fingertips, raising your hands each time. Work quickly, with as little handling as possible, but make sure that all the lumps are distributed until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Shake the bowl so that any lumps rise to the top.
- 4 Stir in the sugar.
- 5 Whisk the milk with the egg and add all but 2 tbsp of the mix to the bowl.
- 6 Stir with a flat bladed knife until the mixture comes together as a soft sticky dough, adding a splash more milk if necessary. Tip out onto a floured surface.
- 7 Pat the dough into a round about 3/4 inch deep. Pass a rolling pin gently across the surface to level it off.
- 8 Using a 2inch cutter dipped in flour, cut out the scones. Press down firmly in a straight vertical movement and lift. Do not twist or you will get an uneven rise.
- 9 Repeat until all the dough is cut, lightly pulling the remnants together when each roll is used.
- 10 Place the scones on a greased and lined sheet, and brush with the remaining egg wash.
- 11 Bake for about 10 minutes or until the scones are risen and golden. Do not overbake.
- 12 Cool on a wire rack before serving, split, with cream and jam.