My mother and I spent a week trying different scone recipes and this is the one we came up with. It was a Frankenstein of bits and pieces of the recipes we tried--we wrote it on a card and it's the only scone recipe I use now.
450 grams all-purpose flour
46 grams sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
75 grams butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 egg slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
115 mL cream, plus a little more to brush the tops
Preheat oven to 190, 170 fan, Gas Mark 5.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into mixture with a pastry cutter.
Whisk together cream, egg, and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined, being careful not to over-mix.
Transfer to a lightly-floured surface and knead the dough gently 4 to 5 times and then pat into a 15 cm round. Use an upside-down glass to cut the dough into rounds. Spread these onto a cooking sheet, about 5 cm apart. Brush the tops with a little cream.
Bake for about 15-18 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack then serve immediately or freeze.