Scones originated in Scotland, although they are now popular throughout the United Kingdom and in many other parts of the world.
Originally, scones were made with oats and cooked on a griddle. They were a staple food for the Scottish working class and were often served with butter or jam.
Over time, the recipe for scones evolved and became more refined. Butter and sugar were added to the recipe, and the dough was baked in an oven instead of on a griddle. Scones also became more popular among the upper classes and were often served as part of afternoon tea.
In the 19th century, scones became a popular food in England as well. The invention of baking powder made it easier to make light and fluffy scones, and they were often served at tea parties and other social events.
Today, scones come in many different varieties, including sweet and savory flavors, and are often served with jam, butter, clotted cream, or other toppings. They continue to be a popular part of British cuisine and are enjoyed by people all over the world.
3 1/2 cups (465g) Self Raising Flour
2 tablespoons Icing Sugar
60g Butter – cut into small blocks
1 1/2 cups (375ml) Buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease a baking tray.
Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl, add the butter, and rub in with your fingertips. The mix should resemble breadcrumbs when you are done.
Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk
Use a butter knife to cut through the mixture till it forms a soft dough. Add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of milk if needed.
Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and turn your dough onto the surface, knead the dough till it's smooth and elastic but not too much it must just come together smoothly.
Lightly press the dough till it’s nearly 2cm thick, dip your cutter (4.5cm) into flour, and cut out circles.
Place scones on a baking tray, side by side, just touching.
Gently knead the leftover dough together and repeat the process.
Brush the tops with a little bit of milk and bake for 12-15 minutes till lightly brown. Scones are done when you can tap the bottom and they sound hollow.
Variations you can add to your mix;
1/2 cup of grated Cheese
1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Raisins/Sultanas/Cranberries
1/4 cup Raspberries & 1/4 cup White chocolate chips