homemade scones with sour milk

After coming back from my holidays I found I was left with some sour milk. As I’m not one for wasting food if I can help it I decided to turn them into some delicious scones. In case you didn’t know, sour milk is really good for making scones. Now I’m not advocating you deliberately let milk go off as these will be just as good with ordinary semi skimmed milk but if you do find yourself with milk that’s smelling a bit funky then you can whip up a batch of these and you’ve not only got a tasty treat but you haven’t wasted any ingredients. I made two types of scones for this recipe: plain and raisin and goji berry ones.

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Homemade Scones
 
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 14-16
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These are delicious straight out of the oven with lashings of butter, strawberry jam and cream. Perfect with a cup of tea.
Ingredients
  • 450g self raising flour
  • 280ml semi skimmed milk (sour if possible)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 90g butter or margarine (I used Pure Soya spead)
  • couple of handful of raisins (optional)
  • couple of handfuls of goji berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  2. Add the flour, salt and butter to a bowl and rub together or use a food processor.
  3. Once mixed add the sugar and mix again.
  4. If you are making fruit scones add your fruit now.
  5. Make a well in the centre and add the vanilla extract and milk. If it's a little too dry add another splash of milk.
  6. Mix together using a knife. Be careful not to overmix, then tip out onto a floured board.
  7. Pull together to make a rough dough then press with your hands to about 4cm thickness.
  8. Cut out with a pastry cutter about 6cm, or use a cup or glass.
  9. Put them on a lightly floured baking tray then glaze the top of the scones with a bit of fresh milk or egg and then bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.