Cherry & raisin scones

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Difficulty: Medium - experience needed
Serves: 10

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Ingredients

75g butter
350g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
30g caster sugar
75g sultanas
50g glaze cherries
about 150ml (5fl oz) milk
2 large eggs, beaten

Method

heat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C/425°F/Gas 7). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

2. Make a light crumbly dough: Put the flour and baking powder into a large chilled mixing bowl. Add the cubes of butter, keeping all the ingredients as cold as possible. Rub the butter in lightly and quickly with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, raisins and cherries

3. Pour 100ml (31⁄ 2fl oz) of the milk and all but 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg into the flour mixture. Mix together with a round-bladed knife to a soft, but not too sticky dough, adding a bit more milk if needed to mop up any dry bits of mixture in the bottom of the bowl.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, lightly knead just a few times only until gathered together, then gently roll and pat out to form a rectangle about 2cm (3⁄4in) deep.

5. Cut out as many rounds as possible from the first rolling with a 6cm (21⁄2in) cutter (a plain cutter is easier to use than a fluted one) and lay them on the baking sheet, spaced slightly apart. Gather the trimmings, then roll and cut out again. Repeat until you have 10 scones.

6. Brush the tops of the scones with the reserved egg. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until risen and golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

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