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Foolproof Scone Recipe

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This is a tried and true scone recipe that has been passed down through generations. It produces wonderful fluffy scones that are delicious served with clotted cream and jam.

We’ve been making this recipe for years, a family recipe that makes just the nicest afternoon tea scones, all you’re going to need to decide is whether it’s jam or cream that go on first…

You’ll love how simple the scone recipe is to make and bake. It’s doesn’t require any special baking equipment or fancy ingredients.

And we’ll run you through how to flavour up your scones differently with extra ingredients should you wish too.

scone recipe - two scones split and served with clotted cream and jam alongside a cup of tea in a yellow cup and saucer

Scone Recipe

You’ll love this simple scone recipe with simple ingredients you’ve probably already got in at home!

scone recipe ingredients on a white table - self raising flour, baking powder, butter, milk, sugar, egg

Scones ingredients

  • 350g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g butter (unsalted)
  • 175ml full fat milk
  • 1 egg – beaten

Equipment Needed

All the equipment needed to make our scone recipe UK style!

  • Mixing bowl
  • Weighing scales
  • Butter knife – or dinner knife
  • Measuring jug
  • Baking tray
  • Pastry brush
  • Cooling rack

How To Make Scones

I make scones the way my grandma did, so I shape them with a knife, I find this the easiest way as it’s how I’ve done it since being a child – but feel free to use a pastry cutter if you prefer.

Step One – Preheat the oven

  • Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / Gas Mark 7 / 200C (fan oven)
  • Grease a baking sheet with a little butter to stop the scones from sticking when they bake

Step Two – Make the scone mix

  • Tip the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl
  • Add in the butter and rub it into the flour using your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Then make a well in the middle and pour in the milk.
  • Stir the scone mix together using a knife to bind all the ingredients to a thick dough.
  • Then put your hands into the mix and finish the scone mix off by hand, just pressing it lightly together (don’t over-handle), just to make sure it’s fully combined.
  • Next cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Dust the surface with flour and pat each scone into a scone shape and place onto the baking tray ready to bake.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg.

Step Three – Bake the scones

  • Put the scones into a hot oven and bake for around 12-15 minutes until they’re risen and golden on top.
  • Then remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool down.
scones cooling on a wire cooling rack

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How To Serve Our Scone Recipe

Our simple scone recipe is best served with a good dollop of real clotted cream followed by a spoonful of delicious strawberry jam and of course, a pot of tea to wash them down.

scone recipe - two scones with jam and cream on a blue plate next to a pot of strawberry jam and cup of tea

Scone Recipe Variations

Our plain scones recipe is a great basic scone recipe but there’s lots of ways you can add extra interest and flavour, just by adding in some tasty extra ingredients.

  • Fruit Scone Recipe – turn your plain scones into fruit scones by adding in a handful of sultanas. They’re also good made with dried cranberries or apricots.
  • Chocolate Scones – add in some good quality chocolate, simply chopped into chunks for a delicious chocolate scone.

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Yield: Makes 8

Foolproof Scone Recipe

scone recipe - two scones with jam and cream on a blue plate next to a pot of strawberry jam and cup of tea

A foolproof, tried and tested scone recipe - lovely fluffy scones every time. Perfect with jam and clotted cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 350g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 175ml full fat milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 100g butter (unsalted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / Gas Mark 7 / 200C (fan oven)
  2. Grease a baking sheet with a little butter to stop the scones from sticking when they bake
  3. Tip the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl
  4. Add in the butter and rub it into the flour using your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  5. Then make a well in the middle and pour in the milk.
  6. Stir the scone mix together using a knife to bind all the ingredients to a thick dough.
  7. Then put your hands into the mix and finish the scone mix off by hand, just pressing it lightly together (don’t over-handle), just to make sure it’s fully combined.
  8. Next cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  9. Dust the surface with flour and pat each scone into a scone shape and place onto the baking tray ready to bake.
  10. Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg.
  11. Put the scones into a hot oven and bake for around 12-15 minutes until they’re risen and golden on top.
  12. Then remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool down.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 602mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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