This tea time scones recipe appears as one of the technical challenges in the Finale episode of The Great British Baking Show.
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 1 rounded tsp baking powder
- 40g (1½oz) softened butter
- 25g (1oz) caster sugar
- 1 large free-range egg
- about 100ml (3½fl oz) milk
- Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7 (200C Fan).
- Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
- Beat the egg in a measuring jug. Make up to 100ml/3½fl oz with the milk, then set aside a tablespoon for glazing the scones later.
- Gradually add the egg and milk to the dry ingredients, stirring it in until you have a soft slightly sticky dough
- Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out until it is about 2cm/¾in thick. Use a 4cm/1½in fluted cutter to stamp out the scones. Make sure you don’t twist the cutter or the scones will not rise evenly.
- Gently gather the trimmings together and pat out again to cut more scones
- Arrange the scones on the greased baking trays and brush the tops with the remaining milk.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until well risen and golden-brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- To serve, cut each scone in half and top with strawberry jam and clotted or whipped cream.