If you're new to baking, scones are a great way to start. Quick and simple to make, particularly in William Drabble's scone recipe, they require only a basic skill level and will get you familiar with working with dough. Scones do not keep well so should be eaten as soon as possible - never a problem when there's cream and jam to hand, great for a picnic treat.

Preheat the oven to 165°C/Gas mark 3. Sieve the flour and baking powder together, add the sugar then rub in the butter
Add the sultanas and currants if you would like fruit scones or leave them out for plain
Gently mix in the milk and cream to form into a dough being careful not to overwork it
On a floured surface, roll the dough out until its 2.5 cm thick. Cut to desired size and shape using scone cutters or a knife
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through
Serve warm with plenty of clotted cream and home made strawberry jam
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  • 500g of plain flour, sifted
  • 28g of baking powder
  • 85g of butter
  • 60g of sugar
  • 1 handful of currants
  • 1 handful of sultanas
  • 140ml of single cream
  • 140ml of milk

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William Drabble's simple scone recipe is great to try if you are new to baking scones. This delicious recipe features sultanas and currants.