I have had lots of scones in my life and these are the best. Yep, sorry Mum, but they even beat yours. They are light and flakey and buttery. I got this recipe out of a book I have recently fallen in love with called A Taste of America. Ironically, it was written by some British women, but they did some serious homework. Anyway, here's the recipe for Traditional Sweet Scones.
1 1/2 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
pinch of salt
5 T. cold butter
1/2 c. milk
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a baking sheet. (I baked mine on my stone and didn't grease or flour.)
2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
3. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Pour in the milk and stir with a fork to form a soft dough.
Here's a tip: handle the dough as little as possible to get light, flakey scones. I added raisins to mine, another favorite in my family is chopped dates. You can also try blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, or just about anything.