Scones are one of my favourites for breakfast or tea, and they are delicious with butter and homemade jam.
This morning, I made half the amount with raisins and the other half with cranberries. They can be made with any dried fruit, or alternatively with a few drops of orange juice or lemon juice to give them a nice flavour.
1- Leave 55 gr. of high quality butter out of the fridge until it is very soft.
2- If you are adding dried fruits, soak them in lukewarm water or better yet some orange juice, until they inflate. Set aside.
3- In a large bowl, work with your fingers the butter along with 225 gr. of flour and a pinch of salt.
4- Then add 20 gr. of brown sugar and 150 mil of milk (and a few drops of orange or lemon juice if you so desire). Continue working with your fingers then place the dough on a floured surface. At this point add the dry fruits.
5- To make the scones you can either flatten the dough and then cut out small rounds 2 cm high; or shape it into a sausage like form and cut vertically into 2 cm thick slices.
6- Place the scones in a buttered and floured baking pan, and brush with an egg yolk. Bake for 20 minutes in a 200º C. oven.