Makes 12 medium size
6 free-stone plums 250g flour ¾ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 50g sugar 75g butter 300 ml buttermilk Cooking oil 1 tsp cinnamon Zest of 1 orange Additional 50g sugar
Place a large cast-iron or heavy-based fry pan on to medium heat.
Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together into a medium size bowl, rub in the butter with your fingertips until you have coarse breadcrumbs, add the sugar and mix well.
Add the plums and buttermilk and mix together until just combined.
Lightly brush the pan with oil. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the pan allowing space between for spreading. Cook gently for a couple of minutes, turn over and cook through – 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack covered with a clean cloth and repeat process with remaining batter.
Mix together the sugar, orange zest and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the drop scones or serve in a dipping bowl and dip you warm scones into the spiced sugar.