The basic scone. "To die for".
Preheat oven to 450F (230C). Very lightly grease a large baking sheet; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. With your fingers, rub in butter until mixture is crumbly. Make a well in center of mixture; add milk and mix with a fork to make a dough that BARELY holds together (you may need to press dough together with your hands). Turn out onto a floured surface and knead lightly just until smooth. Roll out with a floured rolling pin or pat dough with your hands to make a round about 3/4-inch thick. Cut in rounds with a 2-inch fluted or plain cookie cutter.
Makes about 12 scones. VARIATIONS: Rich Oven Scones: Add 1 tablespoon sugar to the dry ingredients. In place of the 2/3 cup milk, use a mixture of 1 lightly beaten egg and 5 tablespoons milk.