Scones are the easiest and quickest and yummiest things to make. They're basically just flour, butter and milk. Here in New Zealand, the ability to whip up a batch of scones is considered an essential part of womanhood. If you even think about using a recipe the CWI (Country Women's Institute) shows up on your doorstep to collect your uterus. They Know Everything.
New Zealanders make scones for lunch, and they can be sweet or savoury. This is a recipe for savoury scones, but to make sweet ones, (such as one might enjoy with whipped cream, jam and the Queen is she is avaliable) add a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to the flour mixture.
Step 1: Butter
Cut about 30g of butter off the block - you don't have to be precise
Step 2: Chop it up
like a knife though...well, you get the idea. The colder the butter the better the product. New Zealanders like to keep their butter in the cupboard. This yields rancid tasting butter, but it is the only weight loss technique available to New Zealanders so it is perhaps best not to sneer.
The old adage is true here - good bakers have cold hands and a warm heart.
Step 3: Flour!
Chuck a couple of handfuls of self raising flour in the bowl. You can also use regular flour and just add some baking powder. Also, throw in a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar. The sugar helps grund up the butter in the next step....