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Possibly the easiest scones ever and they rise beautifully.
- 500ml flour (2 cups)
- 15ml baking powder (3 tsp)
- large pinch salt
- sprinkle of cayenne pepper/chilli powder (optional)
- 250ml strong cheddar cheese
- 15 ml vegetable oil (3 tsp)
- 125 ml milk (maybe a bit more depending on how it mixes)
- 1 egg
- STEP 1Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper into a large bowl. Add the cheese and mix through the flour mixture.
- STEP 2Beat the egg and milk together in a separate bowl and add the oil. The oil replaces the butter/margarine that usually gets used to rub into the flour. By using the oil you cut down on the dreaded calories and it saves a lot of time.
- STEP 3Pour the milk/egg/oil mixture into the flour mixture and using a metal spoon / fork, mix the dough until it clumps together, but is not too dry. If too dry, splash a bit more milk in to use up the flour.
- STEP 4Press the dough out on a flat clean floured surface until it is about 5mm thick, then fold it over ontop of itself (this gives the finished scones the natural "break" to cut open), flatten it again, using the palm of your hand. Do not use a rolling pin as it is too heavy and will prevent the scones from rising.
- STEP 5Cut out your scones out by using a round cutter (you decide on the size) or if you don't have a cutter handy use a drinking glass. Place them on a baking tray, pop them in the oven at 180 celsius for fifteen twenty minutes. Serve, still warm, with lashings of butter, cheese, jams and honey.