Sweet and Fruity Breakfast Scones

Dish type: Breakfast

Makes 24 scones

900g (2lb) plain white flour
A pinch of salt
50g (2oz) caster sugar
3 heaped tsp baking powder
175g (6oz) Kerrygold butter, cut in to roughly 1cm (½ inch) cubes
3 eggs
425 ml (¾ pint) milk
150g (5oz) chopped berries or 100g (4oz) dried fruit such as sultanas, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries or chopped dates

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C / fan oven 200°C /Gas Mark 7.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients, along with the fruit you have chosen into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter to the mixture and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then pour in enough egg and milk mixture to make a soft dough, using your hands to mix together. It should be quite soft but not sticky.
4. Turn the mixture out onto a floured board. Knead gently, then roll out to a round about 2.5cm (1 inch) thick.
5. Use a round scone or cookie cutter to stamp out the scones and place on to greased baking sheets. Brush each scone with a little milk mixture, then sprinkle with caster sugar. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. When they are risen and golden, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
7. Serve cut in half, spread with Kerrygold and strawberry jam.

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