Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
For the parmesan scones, place all of the scone ingredients, apart from the milk and cranberries, into a bowl. Work the ingredients together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the dried cranberries and the milk, a bit at a time (you may not need all of the milk). Using floured hands, knead the mixture into dough and place on a floured work surface. Roll out to a thickness of about 1cm/½in. Using a cutter, cut into 5cm/2in rounds and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Brush with a little milk (you can also use beaten egg).
Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool
To serve, spread a thin layer of mascarpone on the top of each scone and top with a small basil leaf. Using a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle, pipe a swirl of mascarpone on top of the basil leaf. Decorate with a cranberry.
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