350g self-raising flour 3tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp baking powder 85g butter, in cubes
180ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract A small squeeze of lemon juice Pinch of salt
Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Gently rub butter in until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in sugar. Put milk into a pan and warm slightly, add vanilla and lemon juice and stir. Add to flour and mix to a dough. Tip out onto floured surface then pat until 4cm deep. Use a 5 cm cutter to cut out scones. Glaze with a beaten egg. Place on greased and lined baking tray and bake at 180C/gas 7 for approx. 10 mins.
For fruit: add a handful of sultanas, glace cherries and currants.
For cheese: omit the sugar and vanilla. Add a handfuls of grated cheese (use a strong flavour) and a pinch of paprika.
Delicious served warm as a tea-time treat (or any time!)