225g/8oz/2¼ cups plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra to dust
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp mixed spice
50g/2oz/4 tbsp butter
50g/2oz/4 tbsp lard (shortening)
6 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
50g/2oz/⅓ cup currants
1 medium (US large) egg, beaten
splash of milk
1 Grease a griddle or heavy frying pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder and spice. Rub in the fats until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and currants.
2 Make a well in the centre, then stir in the beaten egg and milk to make a stiff paste.
3 Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm/¼in thick. Cut into rounds with a 7.5cm/3in cutter.
4 Cook on the griddle over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.