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How to make scones – the easiest fluffy scones with delicious strawberry jam and clotted cream

Seaside cottage holidays in Devon are the stuff of dreams, with stunning coastline, soft sandy beaches and rugged little coves to explore coupled with beautiful English countryside.

Devon really is the perfect place to spend a family holiday.

When visiting Devon it would be simply unthought of not to indulge in a Devon Cream Tea at one of the many little tearooms and cafes.

The perfect way to spend an hour or two. And once you’re home you could recreate this sumptuous Devonshire treat!

platter of homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

Kids just adore a traditional seaside bucket and spade holiday – it’s the simple things they love – playing for hours on sandy beaches, catching little fish and crabs from the rock pools. It never gets old.

kids playing in the sea at Goodrington Sands

view out to see across the cove at Kingswear Devon

little boy playing with a fishing net on Goodrington Sands Torbay Devon

With so much to see and do in South Devon it’s the perfect place to rent a holiday cottage.

Steam train puffing along the tracks with the Torbay sea in the background

Blueriver Cottages have loads of holiday cottages in Devon near the beach from little hideaways for two to big family properties to fit a whole crowd.

view across Torquay Harbour with the town in the background

And with plenty of lovely seaside towns and quaint and quirky fishing villages to discover along with beautiful rugged coastline you’ll find loads of things to pack your time with!

Moody coastal shot of the cove beneath Coleton Fishacre - Torbay

Afternoon tea scones recipe

platter of homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

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Afternoon tea scones ingredients

  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 60g Butter – at room temperature 
  • 60g Caster sugar
  • 60g Sultanas 
  • 80ml Milk 
  • 1 Egg – beaten

platter of homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

How to make scones

  • Preheat the oven to 210C
  • Tip the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub the flour into the butter using your fingers until it resembles fine bread crumbs
  • Tip in the caster sugar and sultanas and stir through the flour using a butter knife.
  • Slowly add in the milk and stir in bringing to a stiff dough using the butter knife.
  • Grease a baking sheet with butter.
  • Flour your hands and form the scone dough into 6 balls – patting into scone shape using the edge of the butter knife and your hand.
  • Place  the scones onto the greased baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg.
  • Bake  in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and golden on top.
  • Let the scones cool down a little before serving them spread with strawberry jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea.

How to serve scones

platter of homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

Is it jam or cream first on a scone?

Well this is a heated debate! I wouldn’t like to say which is the right way… is there even a right way?

But I prefer the jam first and the cream dolloped on top…. even though I think that’s the Cornish way and in Devon it’s cream first….

However our delicious fluffy scones are perfect with strawberry jam and clotted cream whichever one you put on first. Oh and of course a nice pot or two of tea.

You could also go all out and do an afternoon tea party spread if you like. Just make up the following afternoon tea sandwiches, remembering to cut the crusts off.

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches that go perfectly with scones

  • Egg mayonnaise and cress
  • Cheddar cheese and ploughman’s pickle
  • Beef and horseradish
  • Ham and mustard
  • Salmon and cucumber
Yield: Makes 6

How to make scones

platter of homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

The perfect fluffy scones for a cream tea at home

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 225g self raising flour
  • 60g butter 
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60g sultanas 
  • 80ml milk 
  • 1 egg - beaten 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 210C
  2. Tip the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub the flour into the butter using your fingers until it resembles fine bread crumbs
  3. Tip in the caster sugar and sultanas and stir through the flour using a butter knife.
  4. Slowly add in the milk and stir in bringing to a stiff dough using the butter knife.
  5. Grease a baking sheet with butter.
  6. Flour your hands and form the scone dough into 6 balls – patting into scone shape using the edge of the butter knife and your hand.
  7. Place the scones onto the greased baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg.
  8. Bake in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and golden on top.
  9. Let the scones cool down a little before serving them spread with strawberry jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 532mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 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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