Molasses is known as treacle in the U.K. These scones are fragrant and chewy; very nice on a cold afternoon.
Preheat oven to 400F (205C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; set aside. In a medium-size saucepan, combine molasses and 2 tablespoons butter; stir over low heat until butter is melted. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients; add molasses mixture and milk and mix with a form to form a soft dough. Turn out onto floured surfaces. Roll out with a floured rolling pan or pat dough with your hands to form a round about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2-inch fluted or plain cookie cutter. Place 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until well risen and golden. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Split and serve warm with butter. Makes 12 to 15 scones.