This recipe was given to Darina Allen by her daughter-in-law Rachel.


  • 100 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 organic egg
  • 125 ml milk
  • drop of sunflower oil, for greasing


  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the sugar and salt and stir to mix.
  • Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg and whisk, gradually drawing in the flour from the edge. Add the milk gradually, whisking all the time, to form a smooth batter.
  • Lightly grease a frying pan and warm it over a moderate heat. Drop 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan, keeping them well apart so they don’t stick together.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface and begin to burst and the drop scones are golden underneath (and not before).
  • Then flip them over and cook on the other side for a minute or so, until golden on this side as well.
  • Remove from the pan and serve warm with butter and jam, apple jelly, lemon curd or chocolate spread.

More by Darina Allen:

Find recipes by keyword:

autumn baking irish spring summer winter party food the afternoon show