250 g self-raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting
50 g butter, chilled and cut in small pieces, plus extra for greasing
25 g golden caster sugar
zest 2 lemons
125 ml buttermilk
4 tbsp full-fat milk
FOR THE DRIZZLE ICING
3 tbsp icing sugar
zest 1 lemon, plus a little lemon juice
4 white sugar cubes, crushed, or 1 tbsp preserving sugar
clotted cream to serve
jam to serve
- Heat oven to 220C/200C fan and grease a large baking tray. In a large bowl, rub the flour, ¼ tsp salt and the butter together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the caster sugar and lemon zest, and stir with a cutlery knife. Mix together the buttermilk and milk. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the liquid. Use your cutlery knife to combine the mixture as a soft dough, but don’t overmix or the scones will be heavy.
- Tip onto your work surface and pat the dough out to a 2.5cm thickness. Use a 7cm cookie cutter to stamp out the scones. Don’t twist as you cut, as this will stop the scones rising to their full potential. Any scraps of dough can be gently pushed back together to make more scones. Place the scones on the baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins until golden, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
- Mix the icing sugar with enough lemon juice to make a thick but runny icing. Drizzle over the scones, then scatter with the crushed sugar cubes and lemon zest. Leave to set for 10 mins, then enjoy with clotted cream and jam.