2 cups self- raising flour, sieved
3-4 tablespoons butter or shortening
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milkTopping:
1 teaspoon sugar dissolved in (optional)
4 tablespoons milk
Wheat germ or sesame seeds
Stir flour and sugar.
Cut butter into small cubes (½ cm3). Rub with fingertips in flour while raising your hands. Repeat until a coarse meal-like mixture is obtained.
Gradually add milk while working flour and butter until a supple dough is obtained, work for 5 min.
Divide into 16 – 20 small portions or as desired, form into balls. Arrange on a greased baking sheet. Brush the top of each ball with the milk, sprinkle with sesame seed or wheat germ.
Bake in a preheated hot oven (220ºC or 425ºF) for 12 min. or until it is ready. Remove from oven and cover.
Serve with butter, jam or honey.
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Note:In the above recipe, self-raising flour can be substituted with 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and a generous pinch of salt.