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Drop Scones

Ingredients:
1 free-range egg
2 tablespoons unrefined caster sugar
1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
250ml (1 cup) full-fat milk
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
240g (17/8 cups) plain flour
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons cream of tartar
100g (½ cup) clarified unsalted butter

Equipment:
pancake griddle, or non-stick frying pan

1. In a mixing bowl, sieve together the dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and sugar. Add to this the milk and egg and whisk to a smooth batter, finally adding the warm melted butter. Pass through a sieve to get rid of any lumps and if necessary thin with more milk. The batter should have a dropping consistency, but remain thick enough to retain its shape on the griddle.

2. Heat the griddle (or frying pan) over a medium heat and grease with clarified butter. Using a dessert spoon or small ladle, carefully pour spoonfuls of the batter on to the griddle. After one side has cooked, flip the scones with a palette knife to cook the other. Once you feel more confident you can cook a few scones at a time, being careful not to let them over-cook on either side.

3. Serve warm with butter and home-made preserves.

[Photo: Royal Collections Trust]

Royal recipes: How to make the Queen's favourite dishes

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