How to make scones

Points to remember

  • Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7 and put a baking sheet in the oven.
  • Put the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl and mix. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar, then make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Combine the mixture with a cutlery knife. Don't overwork the dough even though it will seem pretty wet at first. Fold the dough over 2-3 times until it's a little smoother.
  • Pat it into a round about 4cm deep.
  • Take a 5cm smooth-edged cutter and dip it into flour. Plunge it straight into the dough without twisting. Repeat as many times as possible. Press the remaining dough back into a round to cut out more scones.
  • Brush the tops with beaten egg and carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until they have risen and are golden on the top.