This morning, one of my best friends was coming around for a morning of long conversation, so I did what any respectful part-Scottish woman would do and whipped up a batch of scones.

Scones are one of my favourite things to bake. I think they were probably one of the first things my mum taught me to make. They are so very easy and fast but so wonderfully delicious, that they’re just a joy to bake. Rubbing the butter into the flour is highly therapeutic and the smell of scones as they bake is like nothing else!

These can be on the table in twenty minutes. Ten minutes to mix together and cut into shapes (Scottish circles, not American triangles) and ten minutes in the oven.

We ate them sitting on the sofa in the morning sunshine (yey for the sun being back!) with some good coffee and orange juice. Is there anything so nice as scones, coffee and uplifting conversation on a Thursday morning??

I had some buttermilk left over from some cupcakes I made for a baby shower on Tuesday (more about that soon!) so I used this recipe from BBC Good Food, and they turned out great. I didn’t have SR flour so I just added a generous teaspoon of baking powder and a little salt. They really are the perfect little treat for when you have guests arriving in half an hour!

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