Traditional scone recipe — perfect for all the family

Scones can be sad. They promise so much and often deliver so little. And they do this when you really need them to be good. At weekends I often see lone dads – are they divorced, or have they just been given the kids for the day? – tackling scones in parks, zoos, cafés that will tolerate spillages and mushed-up biscuits. I’ve been there myself, pushing a pram around, stupefied by lack of sleep, longing for a pot of strong tea…and a scone.

The scone should be the peak of a perfect afternoon, accompanied by home-made jam and clear blue skies. The prospect of them is full of hope. And then you eat one. At first it seems good – your imagination and optimism helps – but as a bit of claggy dough sticks…

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