Makes 15 7cm (2 in) plain scones (or sultana scones)
900g (2lb, 7 cups) plain flour
50g (2oz, 1/4 cup) caster sugar
3 heaped teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
170g (6oz, 3/4 cup) butter
450ml (15fl oz, 1 3/4 cups) milk
Sieve the dry ingredients into a large, wide bowl. Cut in the butter and rub it in until it looks like crumbs. Whisk the eggs with with milk, add to the dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board. Do not knead, but shape just enough to make a round. Roll out to 2.5c, (1in) thick. Cut into round 'cakes' 2.5cm x 5cm (1 in x 2in) and put onto a baking sheet. Brush the tops with egg wash. Bake in a hot over 240C / 475F / gas 9) fir 10-12 minutes, until risen and nicely browned.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of sultanas to the basic recipe.