Simple Scone Recipe


  • makes 10
  • Easy

Making your own scones is so easy with this quick and simple recipe. Make a batch to share with family and friends at the weekend. Jam first or cream is up to you.


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  • plain flour 225g
  • baking powder 2 tsp
  • salted butter 75g
  • golden caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • raisins or sultanas 55g
  • egg  1, beaten
  • buttermilk or milk  90ml


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture looks like flaky breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and raisins or sultanas.

  • Step 2

    Bit by bit, stir in the egg, then buttermilk or milk until you have a firm dough – don’t overwork it, just bring it together.

  • Step 3

    Turn out onto a floured work surface. Pat the dough into a circle about 2cm thick and give it one or two passes with a rolling pin – don’t press or you’ll squash out the air.

  • Step 4

    Cut out scones using a 5-6cm cutter. Press straight downwards as quickly as you can and, for the best rise, don’t twist the cutter.

  • Step 5

    Put onto a non-stick baking sheet and brush the tops with buttermilk or milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and cooked. Serve with butter, jam, cream, or all three.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 132
  • Fat 6g
  • Carbs 17.9g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 2.7g
  • Salt 0.33g