Bake a batch of these classic fruit scones, then check out our cheese scones, drop scones, potato scones and cherry scones.

Looking for free-from options? Check out our gluten-free scones and vegan scones.


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


  • 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.

More scone ideas below:

Cheese scones

Make John Torode's cheesy scones with Wensleydale for a quick, savoury snack or afternoon tea treat - they'll become a crowd favourite in no time.

Wensleydale Cheese Scones Recipe

Drop scones

These light and fluffy Scotch pancakes make the ideal afternoon tea or breakfast treat. Enjoy warm with a slathering of butter.

Scotch Pancakes Recipe (Drop Scones Recipe)

Gluten free scones

With fruit or not, scones are a must-have on any afternoon tea spread. Make yours gluten free by using widely available gluten-free flour and xanthan gum.

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Vegan scones

Scones are a classic teatime treat that no one should miss. That's why we've come up with these soft, fluffy vegan versions. Serve with a plant-based spread or coconut whipping cream and jam.

A batch of golden vegan scones on a cooling rack, with a pot of cream and jam

Potato scones

Tattie scones, a classic Scottish comfort food, are made using floury potatoes, soured cream and fresh chives. Serve with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes.

A frying pan with potato scones in it

Cherry scones

Stud fluffy scones with glacé cherries for easy afternoon tea bakes that the whole family will love.

Cherry Scones Recipe

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