Simple Scone Recipe

Scones

  • 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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Bake a batch of these classic fruit scones, then check out our cheese sconesdrop sconespotato scones and cherry scones.

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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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.

Gluten free scones_Becky Excell


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

Nutritional Information

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