2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 ounces (one stick) salted butter
1 cup milk, approximately
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a medium bowl.
Rub in the butter until flour feels sandy. Stir in enough milk to achieve a soft, sticky dough.
Spoon the dough onto a well floured surface. Generously dust the top of the dough with flour and knead the dough two or three times.
Flatten the dough into a 1 1/2 inch thickness, then cut into two inch squares.
Pat scones smooth and place on the baking sheet. Brush scones with milk.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until firm and golden.
Variations: Add 1 cup raisins, currants or chopped dates.
Scones are best served fresh with whipped cream and your favorite jam.