- Preheat a 30cm Dutch oven (camp oven) over 9 hot charcoal briquettes (see footnote).
- Rub the butter into the flour and salt with your finger tips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add milk and mix to combine.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured board and gently knead a few times just until dough comes together. Roll out and cut out into round scones. Brush the tops with some milk.
- Sprinkle flour on the bottom of the hot Dutch oven to prevent sticking. Arrange the scones evenly over the base of the Dutch oven, then cover with the lid and place back over the heat. Place 18 hot charcoal briquettes on top of the lid so that the internal oven temperature reaches 190 degrees C (see footnote).
- Bake the scones until you can smell them, about 15 minutes.
Baking temperatures in a Dutch oven
While you can heat your Dutch oven over a campfire, using charcoal briquettes is a consistent way to get an even temperature. Use the following guide to achieve a temperature of 190 degrees C:
25cm (10") Dutch oven | Briquettes: 7 bottom, 16 top
30cm (12") Dutch oven | Briquettes: 9 bottom, 18 top
35cm (14") Dutch oven | Briquettes: 12 bottom, 22 top
Number of briquettes can change with environmental conditions such as wind, humidity and altitude.
To bake in a regular oven
Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Place scones on a baking tray lined with parchment, brush with milk and bake for 15 minutes, or till lightly golden.