Half and half?...buttermilk or soured milk is more usual, closer to 1/4 pt (5 floz) is usually added for 1/2lb of flour, but no eggs. Also, I don't know about this recipe since it's quite different, but if you leave out the sugar and add grated cheddar cheese instead of currants (or raisins or sultanas)...mmm..yummy savory snack!
I can never resist checking out a new recipe variation, so I'm going to make them tomorrow (my hubby will be delighted!). The absolute traditional recipe is much more basic:
8oz plain flour
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 level teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 oz butter or lard or hard margarine
1 1/2 oz sugar (preferably castor sugar)
1/4 pt milk or soured milk or soured double cream or
soured clotted cream
( can use a beaten egg made up to 1/4 pt also )
Sift first 4 ingredients together, rub in fat to breadcrumb texture, mix ins should be added at this point. Make a well in the center and pour in milk. Cut together with a knife until a soft-not-sticky dough is formed. Knead 3 times on a floured board to smooth underside, turn upside down and press to thickness exceeding 1/2 inch. Dust tops generously with flour before baking. bake 425F for 10-12 min
Pretty similar...yours sound "richer" though! All measurements are English for the liquids (20 oz =1pt).
As for cream teas...oh my....closest thing to heaven....and clotted cream, ahhhhhh... homemade strawberry jam spread over first, then a big globby teaspoon of cream on top, the whole about 3 inches high, and impossible to bite without smushing your nose....oh blisss...*So now I'm REALLY homesick*!!!!
Hope you like them . You could always whip some cream for them, altho' clotted cream is more like butter it'll give an idea of what it's like. China tea is a must with them, also!!!