500gself raising flour
120gmargarine or soft butter
½ tspvanilla extract
90gchopped glace cherries or soaked sultanas (optional)
1egg & splash of milk for wash
Add flour, salt and margarine to a large bowl
With clean hands rub until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, about 4 minutes
Add fruit now if used
Mix milk, egg, vanilla and caster sugar in a jug.
Make a well in the centre with a wooden spoon and pour in almost all the milk mixture leaving some for glazing the scones at the end.
Mix in from the edge turning the bowl as you go
As soon as combined, stop mixing to keep your in the mixture
Scrape the edges to bring the dough together
Turn onto a floured surface
Sprinkle the dough with flour to prevent sticking, shape into a rough dome and move to one side.
Resprinkle surface with flour and flip dough offer onto it
Brush off excess flour and very gently shape with your hands to the desired thickness. Be careful not to push out the air.
Dip a 3 inch round cutter into flour and cut a scone out of the dough. Gently lift and place on a baking tray. Repeat until the dough is used - about 10 scones
Mix egg and splash of milk and brush tops of scones
Place on middle shelf in preheated 200C/180 fan oven for 15-17 mins
Cool on a wire rack covered in a tea towel