buttermilk scones

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It’s not often we have a proper tea, but yesterday Teresa, Giovanni and Chiara were here at the right time, so…

To make 6-7 scones I rub 50 gm butter into 200 gm plain flour. I add a level teaspoon each of cream of tartor and bicarbonate, and a pinch of salt. Then I gradually mix in 125ml buttermilk and form a soft dough. I spread it out thickly (2-3 cm high) with my hands on a floured surface and use a small cutter to form the rounds. I reshape the dough and cut  until the dough is finished. I place the scones on an oven sheet lined with baking paper, brush with milk and cook at 200°C for 10 minutes. I serve warm with butter and jam. Stiffly whipped cream would be nice too!

If I don’t have buttermilk I use a tablespoon of yogurt and milk.  Sometimes I add a handful of sultanas to the mixture.

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